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english ghhu 2901 vocab building fall 2014

            Vocabulary Building

               Professor Patterson

               GHHU 2901  

               Georgia Highlands College

                  Fall 2014· MW 11am · Room F-149

                  CRN 80782 · 3 Credit Hours

A course designed to augment vocabulary development by studying and applying Greek and Latin roots

in a variety of practical contexts. Additional linguistic influences upon English will also be studied.

Online Syllabus: www2.highlands.edu/patterson  ·  Email: carla.patterson@highlands.edu

(Note: This course uses an online syllabus but does not use D2L)

Office Location: F-162 · Office Phone: 706-368-7625 · Division Phone: 706-295-6300


- Classroom COMPUTERS ARE NOT TO BE USED DURING LECTURES & DISCUSSIONS. Students will be instructed as to when class computers are to be turned on and off during class. The use of personal laptops or tablets during class is strictly limited to course-specific work, and unrelated use will result in students being prohibited from bringing computers into the classroom.

- While in class, all phones should be SILENCED AND STORED AWAY FROM DESKTOPS. Any phone use during class, except in the case of extreme emergencies, will result in students being asked to leave classroom.

- Assignments are due by the BEGINNING of class on dates indicated, unless otherwise noted. All assignments should be saved onto user drives and in back-up locations. A GHC ID is required for all on-campus printing.

  - Instructor reserves the right to amend course syllabus at any point, providing notice to students.


August 18

Introduction to course, online textbook site, additional roots list , Vocabulary Notebook directions, & additional roots notebook entries

August 20

In-class work on Vocabulary Notebook

August 25

Begin examination of the history of the English language - discuss guest speaker reflection form

August 27

Class will meet in the GHC Library for guest presentation and work with the Oxford English Dictionary

September 1

Labor Day holiday – Class will not meet

September 3

In-class work on Vocabulary Notebook; continue history of the English language

September 8

Vocabulary Notebook Checkpoint; test review; continue history of the English language

September 10

Vocabulary Test; in-class work on Vocabulary Notebook

September 15

Guest presentation on Germanic and French influences upon English language

September 17

Examination of influences upon the vocabulary of English literature and rhetoric

September 22

Guest presentation on the vocabulary of science

September 24

In-class work on Vocabulary Notebook and additional exercises

September 29

Vocabulary Notebook Checkpoint; test review

October 1

Vocabulary Test; Discussion of and in-class work on Project #1 assignment

October 6

In-class work on Vocabulary Notebook

October 8

"Name It" activity completed; in-class work on Vocabulary Notebook

October 13

Fall Break – Class will not meet

October 15

Guest presentation on the vocabulary of math; final approval of list of resources for Project #1 due via email no later than today

October 20

Project #1 due; Project presentations

October 22


October 27

Continue history of the English language

October 29

Vocabulary Notebook Checkpoint (with textbook units 25-42 and 18 additional self-selected roots plus speaker review for Floyd and "Name It" activity); test review; discussion of and in-class work on Project #2 assignment

November 3

Vocabulary Test; guest presentation on the vocabulary of music

November 5

In-class work on Vocabulary Notebook

November 10

Final approval of language chosen for Project #2 due via email no later than today; guest presentation on the influences of Hebrew upon English

November 12

In-class work on Project #2 assignment

November 17

Project #2 due; Project presentations

November 19

Project presentations completed

November 24

Guest presentation on Shakespeare’s influence upon the English language; begin examination of the spread of English and its influence on other languages

November 26

Thanksgiving Break – Class will not meet

December 1

In-class work on Vocabulary Notebook

December 3

Vocabulary Notebook Checkpoint ( with textbook units 43-58, 18 additional roots & speaker reflections); continue examination of the spread of English and its influence on other languages

December 8

Test review; final notebooks returned

December 15

Vocabulary Test


REQUIREMENTS: This course will examine word origins and structures to enhance students' vocabulary, applicable to a variety of majors - including humanities, social sciences, health sciences and natural sciences - while also expanding reading comprehension and writing skills in numerous academic disciplines and professional settings. Students will utilize the required textbook as well as GHC Library and web-bases resources to examine and apply word roots from Greek and Latin which are used in English vocabulary. Students will also use the GHC Library, web-based resources and information provided by guest speakers to examine and apply an understanding of additional influences upon the development of English, such as, but not limited to, Germanic and Hebrew linguistics.

Failure to turn-in all required assignments is the most common cause of failing a course; failure to follow directions is the most common reason for failing an assignment.

TECHNOLOGY: Students are required to use computers and MS Word (as the College’s software does not support any other word processing programs) to complete certain assignments, both during and outside of class. Students should keep back-up copies of all assignments. All students are responsible for ensuring that the technology they choose to utilize in addition to the College’s computers is working properly. Personal computer, software, network or storage device failure is not a valid excuse for late delivery of any assignment. In addition, throughout the term, computers will be used to access online course information, execute research and correspond via email with the instructor. The URL for Georgia Highlands College’s student email system is https://mail.highlands.edu/student , and this account is the official email contact route for all college departments with all students. Thus, this account should be checked daily. If a student's email is not operating properly, it is the student’s responsibility to contact Information Technology for assistance. The telephone number is 706/295-6775. Unless the instructor specifically indicates that students should log-on to computers in class, the use of computers during class time is prohibited.

Emails sent to the instructor during overnight hours or on weekends will not receive replies until the next weekday in most cases.

GRADES: The final grades which may be earned in GHHU 2901 are A, B, C, D and F. (100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D, 59-0=F)

Final grades will be determined by averaging all of the following scores, each of which counts for 10% of the course grade: ●4 Vocabulary Notebook Checkpoints       ●4 Vocabulary Tests          ● 2  Projects    

Students must keep original copies of all graded and returned material for grade verification purposes.

No work completed in other courses will be accepted in this class.

Failure to turn-in all required assignments is the most common cause of failing a course; failure to follow directions is the most common reason for failing an assignment.

With all work, students must adhere to the principles of academic integrity, which obviously and simply means students must do their own work, complete their own exams, compose their own papers, and give proper credit for ALL ideas AND words of others used in any assignment. If the instructor observes evidence which indicates such principles may have been violated, actions will be taken in accordance with the College's Academic Integrity Policy, located online at http://www2.highlands.edu/academics/academicaffairs/academicintegritypolicy.htm . One specific violation of academic integrity, plagiarism, is becoming more problematic as a result of Internet sites offering research papers to students. The use of such papers is blatant plagiarism and a flagrant violation of academic integrity and will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the College’s policies. Additionally, plagiarism can be committed by failing to properly attribute the words/ideas of others or failing to adequately paraphrase source material. Deliberate or not, plagiarism is an immensely serious academic offense. Information on one of many plagiarism detection tools available can be reviewed at www.turnitin.com, and all work in this course is subject to required submission to this website.


EARLY WARNING PROGRAM: Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their students' progress throughout the course of the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP). The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress. In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrar's Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their course(s) at checkpoints staggered throughout the semester. The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint: Week 2: Notification of Non-attendance -- Week 8: Mid-term Status

ATTENDANCE: All GHC Department of Humanities courses, including this course, follow this attendance policy: A student who misses five classes (for classes meeting 2 days a week) or three classes (for classes meeting 1 day a week) may not return to the class without appealing to the division dean or a designee, unless the student has presented a justification which the instructor finds satisfactory.   This appeal must be made within one week.  Otherwise the student may not return to class and no appeal will be allowed.

If students arrive late to class, it is their responsibility to ensure the instructor noted their arrival, and this should be done immediately after class. After five late arrivals and/or early departures, future occurrences will be counted as absences.

As per the GHC Catalog: “Regular, punctual attendance at all classes is the student’s responsibility. Students are expected to account for absences to each instructor and, at the discretion of the instructor, to make up all work missed because of the absence. Final approval of any class absence remains with the individual instructor.”

Students who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun. (Note: If a program has a more stringent absence policy than this, then the program policy prevails.)

This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class.  Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form.

DUE DATES: Unless the instructor has been notified prior to the due date for any assignment and written verification of the extenuating circumstances precipitating late delivery is provided (i.e. copy of doctor's excuse, military orders, court documents, etc.), all late work will be penalized one letter grade for each day it is late. After the fourth class date beyond which assignments are due, late work will not be accepted and will earn a zero as a grade. Personal computer, software, network or storage device failure is not a valid excuse for late delivery of any assignment. Late assignments will not be accepted beyond the last date of class prior to the final exam. No make-up exam will be given for an exam or in-class grade unless the instructor is notified of a student's absence prior to the test date and time, and written verification of the reason for the unavoidable absence is provided.

TEXTS AND SUPPLIES: The Least You Should Know About Vocabulary Building: Word Roots, 8th ed, by Friend, Knight & Glazier; one ½-1” binder or paper folder with clasps and pockets (to turn-in for Vocabulary Notebook checkpoints); portable electronic file storage (jump/ zip drive, etc); pen/pencil and notebook paper for class notes and activities

ADA STATEMENT: Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the College Access Center at 706-295-6336 to coordinate reasonable accommodations.

TOBACCO POLICY: Georgia Highlands College prohibits the use of tobacco products on any property owned, leased, or controlled by GHC. All faculty, staff, students, visitors, vendors, contractors, and all others are prohibited from using any tobacco products (i.e., cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, etc.) while on GHC property.



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