English 1A Syllabus

Fall 2016
Section 93642

Jefferson Hancock, Instructor

Email: jehancoc@cabrillo.edu

Office hour: Fridays 12:00-1:08 PM, room 1073 (in the Hub above the Library)

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 include quizzes, essays, discussions, and a research report using MLA citations. Reading is assigned weekly according the class schedule. In addition, students will watch and respond to videos related to course content. Writing assignments will be based on course readings.

Please submit assignments through Canvas.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Write essays, including research based writing, demonstrating academic rhetorical strategies, documentation of resources, and critical analysis.
  2. Analyze and evaluate assigned and researched texts.


  1. Students entering English 1A, while writing reasonably coherent essays, still need to improve their ability to focus sharply on a subject and to develop their ideas through specific detail, example, and close reasoning. They may also need work on paragraph coherence and transitions. While some usage and idiom problems remain, students have eliminated serious errors of sentence structure. English 1A students will write, revise, and edit 6,000 words in several extended, transfer-level essays, culminating in the ability to:
  2. Develop a carefully focused main idea, using relevant details, examples, and evidence.
  3. Emphasize non-narrative writing techniques, including comparison, summary, argument, analysis, and definition.
  4. Synthesize information, concepts, and ideas from a variety of texts.
  5. Cultivate a practice and process for questioning.
  6. Critically assess how cultural ideologies construct and affect their own thought processes and social institutions.
  7. Unify essays through natural and logical transitions.
  8. Maintain a clear command of tone, using a vocabulary suited to subject matter, purpose, and audience.
  9. Enliven style by eliminating wordiness and weak verbs.
  10. Show control of all major conventions of Standard English grammar, usage, and punctuation.
  11. Use the library to find information in books, magazines, and specialized journals; use electronic databases and a variety of on-line sources to find information.
  12. Plan an efficient search to discover those sources that are most useful and reliable.
  13. Incorporate sources in writing through paraphrase, summary, and direct quotation and acknowledge the sources in formal documentation to avoid plagiarism.
  14. Examine texts for explicit and implicit main points and the underlying assumptions of the author.
  15. In reading, identify tone and style and their connection to the author's point of view and purpose.
  16. Question texts for logical consistency and adequacy of evidence.


Required Books

The following books are required reading. You can purchase them or rent them from whomever you choose, but they are available in the Cabrillo College bookstore.

Course Readings

Readings will be assigned according to the class schedule. These readings can be found in the Readings area of the instructor's website: http://www.cabrillo.edu/~jhancockPlease note, accessing this material requires login using the information below.

User ID: student

Password: connect


Instructor Contact Points

Class Time, Logging in, and Homework

Essay Submissions

Quizzes 1-10

Students may receive 1-10 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. No late submissions are accepted.

10 points = complete entry, demonstrating knowledge of text and concept

8 points = complete entry, demonstrating knowledge of text and concept, room for more detail. Some grammar mistakes

7 points = complete entry, basic knowledge of text and concept, needs considerable detail. Numerous grammar mistakes

6 points = incomplete entry, serious grammar and legibility problems, may not address assignment

0-5 points = incomplete entry, assignment submitted, serious grammar and legibility problems


Discussions 1-10

4 posts required for full 16 points of credit. 1-4 points per post. Students must respond to classmates or instructor in 3 of 4 posts. 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. No late posts are accepted.

Discussion Scoring (per post)


Addresses assignment

Demonstrates knowledge of text, if appropriate

Refers to text if appropriate

Detailed response



Addresses assignment

Demonstrates knowledge of text, if appropriate

Refers to text if appropriate

Less detailed response than 4



Addresses assignment

Demonstrates knowledge of text, if appropriate

Some grammar mistakes



May or may not address assignment

Response may not be clear due to grammar and mechanics



Incomplete response

 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


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:


Accommodation for Disability

Students needing accommodations should politely and privately inform the instructor. He's happy to accommodate. As required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodations are provided to insure equal access for students with 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 7/22/2016