ENGL-1020: English Comp II ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Loretta McBride

Instructor Rank


Instructor Email lmcbride@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website


Instructor Office

MAB 251-E

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays, 8-9 a.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. and 10:45-11:45 a.m. and

By Appointment

901 333-4605, MAB-251E, Macon Campus

Instructor Phone


Department Fax

901 333-5212

Department Phone

901 333-5208

Course Information
Course Description

A continuation of English Composition I, this course emphasizes synthesis and analysis based on critical reading. The course provides in-depth instruction in research and documentation skills.

Pre-requisite: ENGL1010

Student Learning Objectives

The goal of the Communication requirement is to enhance the effective use of the English language essential to students’ success in school and in the world by way of learning to read and listen critically and to write and speak thoughtfully, clearly, coherently, and persuasively. Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate oral and/or written expression by listening and reading critically for elements that reflect an awareness of situation, audience, purpose, and diverse points of view.
  2. Distill a primary purpose into a single, compelling statement, and order and develop major points in a reasonalbe and convincing manner based on that purpose.
  3. Develop appropriate rhetorical patterns (i.e. narration, example, process, comparison/contrast, classification, cause/effect, definition, argumentation) and other special functions (i.e. analysis or research), while demonstrating writing and/or speaking skills from process to product.
  4. Understand that the writing and/or speaking processes include procedures such as planning, organizing, composing, revising, and editing.
  5. Make written and/or oral presentations employing correct diction, syntax, usage, grammar, and mechanics.
  6. Manage and coordinate basic information gathered from multiple sources for the purposes of problem solving and decision-making.
  7. Recognize the use of evidence, analysis, and persuasive strategies, including basic distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.

Entrance Skills

To be successful in ENGL1020, students should bring these skills and knowledge to the course:

  • the ability to write a well developed composition—clear, distinct beginning, middle and end parts—using appropriate rhetorical patterns.
  • competency in basic sentence grammar.
  • familiarity with basic principles of documentation.
  • the ability to draw and use evidence from sources – quotations, paraphrases, and summaries by utilizing critical reading skills.
Instructional / Learning Methods

Although online, this course is still instructor-led. Activities that require student participation, such as reading, discussion, editing, and writing workshops, and quizzes, are designed to maximize learning.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Greene, Stuart, and April Lidinsky. From Inquiry to Academic Writing. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015. Print.

Additional Text

Fowler, H. Ramsey, and Jane E. Aaron. The Little, Brown Handbook. 13th ed. Boston: Pearson, 2016. Print.

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

Discussion, Dropbox, Quizzes   150 points

Single-Source Essay                  100 points

Argument Essay                         200 points

Synthesis Essay                         200 points

Research Paper                         250 points

Final Exam                                100 points

Grading Scale

A   900-1000

B   800-899

C   700-799

D   600-699

F   599 and below

Testing Procedure / Policy

Quizzes and tests are administered online and timed. Because the quizzes are timed for 20 minutes and the final exam for 120 minutes, you should read the material before taking the test. The system does give a warning before time expires. You have a 5-minute grace period.

I do not give make-up tests or re-open quizzes.

Major Assignments

Single-Source Essay

Argument Essay

Synthesis Essay

Research Paper

Everything that we do is about integrating sources into our writing. All of our papers require citing and documenting.

Participation / Attendance Policy


Online courses require you to participate in discussions, dropbox assignments, and quizzes. You should log into your course the first day and introduce yourself so that I can take attendance.


Because we are online and not hindered by the constraints of on-ground students (i.e. illness, car problems, oversleeping), there are no "excused" or "unexcused" absences. I expect you to turn in assignments on or before the due date. Many assignments are open for days/weeks/months, so I don't accept late submissions.

Policy on Student Professional Conduct

Southwest’s online catalog states, “Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class."

I will give you a zero for the assignment or, depending on the severity of the offense, an F for the course.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.