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School of Arts and Sciences


Course Number: EN 101-R
Course Title: Composition I
Fall Semester 2009
Name of Instructor: Dr. Fox
Meeting Day, Time, and Room Number: Tuesday, Friday 03:30PM - 04:45PM, Gailhac, Room 34
Final Exam Day, Time, and Room Number: Saturday, December 5, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Room Number TBA
Office Hours: Gailhac 23A, Wednesday 4:00-6:00; Tuesday & Friday 12:30-3:00
Office: 703-284-1568; Home 202-640-1942


Academic Integrity
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Special Needs and Accommodations
Please advise the instructor of any special problems or needs at the beginning of the semester. If you seek accommodation based on disabilities, you should provide a Faculty Contact Sheet obtained through Disability Support Services located in Gerard Hall, (703) 284-1615.

Access to Student Work
Copies of your work in this course including copies of any submitted papers and your portfolios may be kept on file for institutional research, assessment and accreditation purposes. All work used for these purposes will be submitted anonymously.

Student Copyright Authorization
For the benefit of current and future students, work in this course may be used for educational critique, demonstrations, samples, presentations, and verification. Outside of these uses, work shall not be sold, copied, broadcast, or distributed for profit without student consent.

University Policy on Snow Closings
Snow closings are generally announced on area radio stations. For bulletins concerning Marymount snow or weather closings, call (703) 526-6888. Unless otherwise advised by radio announcement or by official bulletins on the number listed above, students are expected to report for class as near normal time as possible on days when weather conditions are adverse. Decisions as to snow closing or delayed opening are not generally made before 5:00 AM of the working day. Students are expected to attend class if the University is not officially closed.


Instruction in the writing of the research essay with emphasis on the rhetorical situation, effective organization, and the writing of clear and vivid prose. The course includes instruction in effective oral presentations.

Composition I introduces students to the research, writing, and oral communication skills necessary to succeed in college. As the subject of their reading, writing, and research, students will focus on American society and culture in the 20th century. Through the use of primary and secondary sources, this study will provide the context for developing critical reading, writing, and research skills throughout the semester.

To explore these issues and facilitate communication and research in the class, the course has online resources devoted to its activities: a web site for the Composition I program and a Blackboard site for the individual section of the course. The addresses are listed above.


General Learning Outcomes:

1. Information Literacy
Students will determine the nature and extent of the information
needed to complete written assignments and will access that information effectively and efficiently.
2. Analysis and Critical Reasoning
Students will critically read and analyze a variety of source materials in order to use them accurately and effectively.

Discipline-Specific Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be expected to
1. Conduct research, using both print and online sources, to analyze contemporary American society and culture. In conducting this research, students will analyze the audience, purpose, value judgments, arguments, and cultural assumptions of their sources.
2. Use a variety of methods to develop and present their ideas in persuasive, accurately documented analytical research essays.
3. Use resources in technology accurately, correctly, and effectively to conduct research and present their findings.

Composition Program Outcome:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be expected to
1. Present their ideas effectively in both group and individual oral presentations

3.TEACHING METHOD Seminar, workshop, lectur small group discussion, student presentations, and inter-disciplinary team projects

4.GRADING POLICY (i.e., number of graded assignments, weight given to each)

Project I - Summaries and Critical Reading Assignments *…………..………15%
Project II - Personal Essay and related assignments*…………….………..…15%
Project III - Research Report and Related Assignments (oral presentation). .30%
Project IV - Comparison Analysis of Two Articles………………………………15%
Midterm and Final Exams…………..………………………..……….………..…. 25%

*Related assignments may include oral presentations, summaries, essays, exercises, annotated bibliographies, online activities, revisions, and/or visual aids.

The composition final exam has been scheduled so as not to conflict with other classes. Any student who has a scheduled course that conflicts with the final exam should report the conflict to his or her instructor immediately.


• Regular attendance is required in the course. More than 6 absences may seriously jeopardize your chances of passing. Students who are frequently late or absent may be contacted by the office of the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs under Marymount’s pilot Early Warning System to identify students at risk.

• Your participation is crucial to your learning and success in this course and will be evaluated as part of your grade for each project.

• Texting (note that your professor can see you texting even if your phone is on your lap or behind a book) and side conversations in class will negatively affect your participation grade. I will deduct one to five letter grades, depending on the frequency of the offence, from a student’s project participation grade for engaging in these behaviors.

• Much of our work in class will be collaborative. You will be working with each other on research assignments, oral presentations, and editing workshops. It is therefore particularly important that all of your work be completed on time. You will handicap not only yourself but your classmates if you are not prepared.

• The first late assignment will be penalized one letter grade per day; the second late assignment will be an automatic "F."

• You will deliver oral presentations related to your research project during the semester; If you are absent on the day you are scheduled to present to the class, you will not be able to make up the work and your grade will be an "F" unless you submit a doctor’s note.

• All of the reading assignments must by completed by the assigned date. Come to class prepared to discuss the readings.

• To pass this course you should score a minimum grade of C- on the final exam and you must have a C- in your overall average. A grade lower than a C- in the final exam may necessitate your retaking the course. A grade lower than a C- in your overall average will necessitate your retaking the course.

• Students are required to have access to Blackboard and are responsible for keeping their e-mail addresses current in Blackboard.


All writing, however strong, can benefit from a careful reader’s response. In addition to feedback from your instructor and your classmates, writing assistance is available from peer tutors in the Learning Resource Center. LRC tutors can help at any stage of the writing process – from getting started to final editing. They can help you figure out an assignment, overcome “writer’s block,” or discover your thesis. Remember, however, that tutors are not allowed to revise or edit students’ papers for them. All changes, revisions, or corrections must be your work.


Maasik, Sonia, and Jack Solomon. Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for
Writers. 6th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009.

Silverman, Jay, Elaine Hughes, and Diana Roberts Wienbroer. Rules of Thumb: a Guide for Writers. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2010.

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