English 1A Syllabus
Fall 2014


Jefferson Hancock, Instructor

Email: jehancoc@cabrillo.edu

Office hour: online, arranged

Phone: 477-5638

Course Overview

English 1A is a college composition class. Students entering English 1A have either passed English 100 or assessed into English 1A via Cabrillo College Assessment. The class presents strategies for analytical essay writing, research, and critical analysis of non-fiction. Students are expected to be familiar with basic essay structure and grammatical conventions prior to entering English 1A. Using expository writing strategies taught in the class, English 1A students write 6000-8000 words during the semester. Writing assignments quizzes, essays, discussions, and a research report using MLA citations. Reading assignments will come from supplemental readings and course textbooks (see below). In addition, students will watch and respond to videos related to course content.
The course takes place in Blackboard, so please submit all assignments and correspondence through Blackboard.

Course Objectives and Student Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

Coursework

Required Books:

Books are available at Cabrillo Bookstore and may also be purchased online.
 

Additional Readings

Additional readings will be assigned according to the class schedule. These readings can be found in the Supplemental Readings area of the instructor's website: http://www.cabrillo.edu/~jhancock. User ID and password will be given out to students when the class begins, or prior to that by request.
 

Essay Submissions

Follow MLA manuscript guidelines from Pocket Style Manual. Essays should be typed and double spaced in conventional 12 point font (Times New Roman, Arial, or Helvetica), with a title centered atop the first line of text. Essays will be submitted through Blackboard as MS Word Attachments.
Note: The instructor's computer will not read .pages files. Please submit essays as MS Word or RTF documents. Please also submit essays through Blackboard.

Additionally, Mr. Hancock wants the word count to appear in the upper left hand area the first page.

Late essays are accepted only by arrangement with the instructor and receive point deduction commensurate with the value of the assignment.

Essay Drafts

Drafts must have coherent paragraphs and be at least two pages long to receive credit. Research report draft must be at least four pages long and include citations. The instructor will review your draft briefly and return it promptly with suggestions for revision.

No late drafts are accepted. 

Quizzes 1-10

Students may receive 1-5 points of credit. To receive full credit the student must demonstrate knowledge of course concepts and readings and must answer questions correctly, adhering to standard conventions of spelling and grammar in the process.
5 points = complete entry, demonstrating knowledge of text and concept
4 points = complete entry, demonstrating knowledge of text and concept, room for more detail Some grammar mistakes
3 points = complete entry, no demonstrated knowlege of text and concept, serious grammar and legibility problems
2 points = incomplete entry, serious grammar and legibility problems, may not address assignment
1 point  = incomplete entry, assignment submitted, serious grammar and legibility problems

No late submissions are accepted.

Discussions 1-10

Students may receive 1-5 points of credit. To receive full credit the student must demonstrate knowledge of course concepts and readings and must communicate with classmates, adhering to standard conventions of spelling and grammar in the process
5 points = thorough and thoughtful posts demonstrate knowledge of text and concept, responding to more than one classmate
4 points = thorough and thoughtful posts demonstrate knowledge of text and concept, responding to one classmate
3 points = post consisting largely of summary demonstrates knowlege of text and concept. Minor grammar and legibility problems
2 points = incomplete post, serious grammar and legibility problems, may not address assignment
1 point  = incomplete post, assignment submitted, serious grammar and legibility problems

No late submissions are accepted.

Semester Grading

By the end of the semester, 1000 points are possible.

900-1000 points = A

800-899 points = B

700-799 points = C

600-699 points = D

000-599 points = F

 

Class Policies

Mr. Hancock's class policies revolve around those in the Student Responsibilities section of the college catalog. Cabrillo's web site states:

All students who register for classes at Cabrillo College have the responsibility of attending class regularly, completing assignments on time, doing their own work (not plagiarizing), demonstrating respect for faculty, administration, staff, and all Cabrillo College community members. All Cabrillo College students have the responsibility of respecting the College campus, equipment, and materials and reporting abuse or vandalism of such to the proper authorities. All Cabrillo College students have the responsibility of demonstrating professional behavior and following the guidelines described in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

That said, Mr. Hancock's class policies are listed below. Please familiarize yourself with them.


Disruptive students will be politely warned once, and then dropped.

Plagiarism and Cheating

The following information comes from the Cabrillo College Website.

Plagiarism is the conscious or inadvertent failure to identify the contributions of others. It occurs when someone borrows any part of another's work and submits it, uncredited, as his or her own work. A failure to credit others may result in one or more of the following: a student receiving a failing grade on the assignment, a failing grade for the course, or suspension from college enrollment. Students are expected to know how to credit sources, how to quote and paraphrase, and how to avoid plagiarizing the work of others. If you are unsure, ask your instructor for assistance before you submit your work for credit.

In Mr. Hancock's class, the penalties for plagiarism and cheating are:

First offense = Grade of F (0 points) on assignment

Second offense = Grade of F in the course.

Accommodation for Disability

Students needing accommodations should inform the instructor. As required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodations are provided to insure equal access for students with verified disabilities. To determine if you qualify or need assistance with an accommodation, please contact ACCESSIBILITY SUPPORT CENTER (Formerly DSPS), Room 1073, (831) 479-6379.

updated 8/7/2014