Spring 2021 English 1102 Syllabus and Policies

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of English

Prefix 1102:  Course Title: broadening your horizons
Academic Term: SPRING 2021

Course Information

Class meeting time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 9:05 am to 9:55 am

Modality and Location: Rotational Face to Face course; English Building – Room 053

Instructor Information

Name: Donna Cochran

Email: dcochr32@kennesaw.edu
Office Location: Online

Office Hours: Monday’s and Wednesday’s 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Please email me to set up an appointment.

Preferred Method of Contact: Please email me with questions/concerns at dcochr32@kennesaw.edu (not through D2L) for quick responses. Begin subject lines with course & section numbers: 1102. I will respond to emails within 24 hours Monday – Friday. If you do not receive a response after that time, please either re-send email or ask me in person before or after our scheduled class time.

English 1102 Course Description:

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” ir better in ENGL 1101

Course Description for ENGL 1102: Focuses on developing writing skills beyond the levels of proficiency required by ENGL 1101. This course emphasizes interpretation and evaluation and advanced research methods.  Students are advised that a 3-hour course requires approximately 9-10.5 hours of student effort per week, including time spent in class. Students are expected to have the scheduled readings completed prior to the class discussion/lecture.  **Both the course syllabus and schedule are subject to change. 

In additions, students will analyze the communication of other writers and participate in peer review. Students will choose their essay topics with approval from the instructor.

Course Materials

Required Texts:

The Bedford Researcher Sixth Edition by Mike Palmquist ISBN: 978-1-319-05848-7. You will need the book only, no need to purchase any codes, workbooks, or other digital tools.

You will also need a handbook. If you were required to purchase one for 1101, feel free to use that one. If not, I recommend

A Writer’s Reference – Ninth Edition by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers. ISBN:  978-1-319-12284-3

Net: $36.99 This ISBN would be just the eBook only/ I highly recommend using the eBook. If you prefer to order the hard copy: ISBN:  978-1-319-05744-2 Net Price: $67.06 This ISBN would be just the physical text without an eBook option or resources. As you can see, this is a more expensive option.

Recommended Texts: They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein. A used copy can be purchased really cheap on Amazon or another used bookstore.

Your handbook and They Say/I Say should be desk staples, as they will come in very handy during your entire college career. In this class, we will mainly be using MLA but may also venture into APA style. The handbook will assist with both of these, along with AP, Chicago, IEEE, etc.

Additional Materials Required:

This is a writing course, and as such, writing will play a big part in the course. There will be several opportunities for in class exercises. Therefore, you will need a pen or pencil, notebook paper, a highlighter, and a 1” or 1.5” 3-Ring binder for handwritten assignments. I also suggest using dividers for organization.

Technology requirements:

We will use KSU’s Desire2Learn (D2L) site. You will find course information and assigned digital readings on

D2L, post your essays to D2L Assignments, and use D2L’s Discussion boards for multiple assignments. You are responsible for remaining up-to-date on all assignments and policies posted on D2L. When computer-related problems or questions arise, please contact University Information Technology Service (UITS) on campus as soon as possible so that your assignments may be completed and submitted on time:

·UITS phone: 470-578-3555

·UITS web page: https://uits.kennesaw.edu/

·UITS email: studenthelpdesk@kennesaw.edu

Be advised that computer-related problems are not an excuse for missing assignments or submitting assignments after the due date and time.

Skills and Other Things You Need

·Basic computer skills

If you can find a website, send and receive an email, and attach files and open attachments, then you will probably have few problems with the technology in this course. You will also need regular access to a computer and internet service. Please plan ahead for any internet outages and know where you will go if your preferred internet access point fails. For example, the campus library or even Starbucks if your home access doesn’t work.

Learning Outcomes

English 1102 satisfies one of Kennesaw State University’s general education program requirements. It addresses the Written Communication and ReadingComprehension general education learning outcome(s). The learning outcome states: Students will write and communicate at a college level in various modes, media, and/or rhetorical contexts, and students will demonstrate an ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret texts in various modes, media, and/or contexts.  For more information about KSU’s General Education program requirements and associated learning outcomes, please visit http://catalog.kennesaw.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=44&poid=5249.

Written Communication: 

Students will write & communicate at a college level in various modes, media, and/or rhetorical contexts.

English 1102 Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of English 1102, students will be able to…

  1. Locate print and digital sources that represent multiple perspectives. 
  2. Analyze sources by critically reading, annotating, engaging, comparing, and drawing implications.
  3. Practice working through the writing process, including brainstorming, drafting, peer review, revision and publication.
  4. Compose a rhetorically situated, researched text that enters an ongoing conversation by integrating relevant sources. 
  5. Employ writing process strategies for invention, research, arrangement, and revision.

Course Requirements and Assignments

Regular attendance is expected for success in this course and attendance will be taken daily. There will be several opportunities for in class low stakes writing assignments and peer reviews. If a student is absent for one of these assignments, there will be no opportunity for make-up work. The major assignments are to be submitted online by the due date. If you are prevented from submitting a major assignment, contact me asap to inform me of your situation. If you experience problems with D2L, email me your assignment file as an attachment.   

Evaluation and Grading Policies

Grading Criteria Final grades will be comprised of the following components and issued according to the following scale: A=100-90, B=89.9-80, C=79.9-70, D=69.9-60, F=59.9 and below.

Online Components / Course Participation (25%) Comprised of course attendance along withly, thoughtful and attentive participation in class discussions, the ability to initiate dialogue based on the required readings and to answer questions is expected of all students during in-class meetings. In other words, make sure to contribute to class discussions regularly.

Homework (15%) Comprised of homework assignments, low stakes writing exercises, and other in class exercises.

 • Paper 1 (15%) Research Proposal  (3+ pages) • Paper 2 (20%) Annotated Bibliography/Literature Review (4-5 pages + Works Cited) • Paper 3 (25%) Research Essay (5-7 pages + Works Cited) •

Students will write three major papers for this class. There will be handouts for each paper, and we will discuss all papers in full detail prior to each assignment. We will workshop the papers in small groups.   Use any comments you get on your drafts to make both grammar- and content-based revisions on your papers. Use your workshop groups, conferences, and resources like the KSU Writing Center to improve your writing as you revise.


The grade you receive on any assignment is your final grade since I do not negotiate grades. If you feel, however, that I have made an error, please feel free to speak with me personally about it. I will be more than happy to make an appointment with you to discuss. After we meet, if you feel that there is a way to revise the paper using the feedback you receive from me, I will be happy to re-evaluate.

Course Policies

Each paper has a specific length requirement you need to remain aware of, as failure to adhere to the length requirements for a paper will result in deductions. I can only assess the amount of work you turn in; therefore, you grade is initially based on the amount of work you submit for assessment.

Class Policies


There will be in class activities during the semester, such as low stakes writing exercises. If an activity is scheduled for a day that you are absent, there will be no opportunity for making up that exercise. Likewise, our class time is only fifty minutes. If you are more than five minutes late, you run the risk of missing something important. It will be your responsibility to find out what you missed.


I also ask for each student to be respectful of the instructor and your classmates. Therefore, I ask that anyone bringing a cell phone to class use it for note taking and our class content research only. In case of important communication, I will ask that you step outside the classroom. Also, I would prefer no use of ear buds or headphones in class.


Our classroom will have computer access for any in class research. However, there will be days set aside as in class workdays. Since your personal work cannot be saved onto the classroom computers, please bring a laptop or thumb drive to class on those days.

Writing Center:

The Writing Center, located in EB 242, is a free service available to all KSU students. Experienced, friendly writing assistants work with you on thesis development, organization, research documentation, grammar, and much more. They help you improve your paper AND teach you strategies to become a better writer on your own. For more information or to make an appointment, visit http://writingcenter.kennesaw.edu, or stop by Room 242 in the English Building.

Policy for Retaking 1101 or 1102: 

Students must earn the grade of C or better in English 1101 and English 1102 in order to move on to remaining General Education courses.

Department or College Policies

Plagiarism, Citation, and Reliable Sources

Whenever you use or reference information from a source other than yourself in your writing, remember that you must appropriately cite your sources according to the standards for MLA formatted documentation (see handouts on D2L). Papers that do not use appropriate citation and works that do not assign proper credit to the source are considered plagiarism. As you use sources, remember that websites like Wikipedia might be useful as a starting point, but are not where you want to end your research. It is a violation of academic honesty to alter the standard MLA formatting (e.g. margin size, font size, font, etc.) you are required to use in this course, and to have others (roommates, family members, paid consultants) materially assist you in the actual writing of essays. All work submitted for this class must be original and intended solely for the purpose of the assignments given in this class.

Code of Academic Integrity – Core Values and Honor Code Pledge

Kennesaw State University students accept the pledge below by virtue of their acceptance into the institution and enrollment in courses. The declaration of principles and obligations within this pledge form the core mission statement of the Code of Academic Integrity. All subsequent prohibitions and rules of the Kennesaw State University Code of Academic Integrity concretely apply the precepts of this pledge by delineating behaviors that constitute academic misconduct. Should the investigation and/or resolution of alleged academic misconduct reveal that the actual misconduct which occurred is different than the initial allegations (e.g. alleged plagiarism which turns out to have been cheating), the final charge(s) will be modified accordingly. Ultimately, all possible forms of academic misconduct are simply variations upon the common problem of breaching university academic integrity standards. Assignments submitted toward completion of a course are subject to academic misconduct policies, even if the assignments in question do not receive individual grades (like paper drafts) or are not required (work submitted for extra credit).

Because academic misconduct directly opposes the central academic mission of Kennesaw State University, all such offenses are considered extremely serious. Accordingly, the minimum penalty for such a breach is a one-semester suspension from the university unless the student persuades the deciding body or hearing officer that the circumstances of his or her behavior substantially mitigate the gravity of the violation. If the incident constitutes the student’s first academic misconduct offense and the student takes responsibility for the misconduct, the professor and student may agree to an informal resolution and academic sanction(s) in lieu of a formal hearing (and attendant risk of suspension). However, even in such cases, the professor may still pursue formal adjudication if he or she deems the alleged violation is of such an egregious nature as to warrant seeking suspension.

As a member of the Kennesaw State University community of scholars, I understand that my actions are not only a reflection on myself, but also a reflection on the University and the larger body of scholars of which it is a part. Acting unethically, no matter how minor the offense, will be detrimental to my academic progress and self-image. It will also adversely affect all students, faculty, staff, the reputation of this University, and the value of the degrees it awards. Whether on campus or online, I understand that it is not only my personal responsibility, but also a duty to the entire KSU community that I act in a manner consistent with the highest level of academic integrity. Therefore, I promise that as a member of the Kennesaw State University community, I will not participate in any form of academic misconduct.

Student Accommodations & Other Services

If you have a specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disability and require accommodations, or if you believe you qualify for course adaptations or special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is your responsibility to contact the Student Disability Services office in the Student Development Center and provide the appropriate documentation. Please let me know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. If you use an alternative medium for communicating, let me know well in advance of the meeting (at least one week) so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the Student Disability Services office, located in the Student Center room 267, and obtain a list of approved accommodations

Diversity Statement

Kennesaw State University prides itself on offering a premiere, personalized educational experience for leadership and engagement within a diverse nation and world. This educational experience is achieved through recognition and appreciation of the differing backgrounds and experiences reflected within the University community. We firmly believe that sensitivity to diversity, equity, and global interdependence is central to fostering supportive living, learning, and working environments. A welcoming and inclusive climate is critical to attaining Kennesaw State University’s research, scholarship, teaching, and engagement goals. The University will engage our students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders in order to achieve an inclusive and welcoming campus community.

The Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center

Dedicated to enhancing academic performance and empowering members of the KSU community to reach their full potential by striving to create an inclusive, supportive, and violence free environment.

Center Hours                           Locations

Monday – Friday                    Kennesaw: Student Center – Room 164

8:00am – 5:00pm                     Marietta: Student Center – Room 167

 Email:  wr_ivpc@kennesaw.edu

Institutional Policies

Federal, BOR, & KSU Course Syllabus Policies: http://curriculum.kennesaw.edu/resources/federal_bor_ksu_student_policies.php

Student Resources:

Academic Integrity Statement:


KSU Student Resources

This link contains information on help and resources available to students: https://curriculum.kennesaw.edu/resources/ksu_student_resources_for_course_syllabus.php