Georgia Highlands College

English 1101 - Composition I

Professor Patterson · Georgia Highlands College

Fall 2013 · MW 12:30pm· Room F-140 · CRN 80087 · 3 Credit Hours

A composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation plus an introductory use of a variety of research skills. Students must make a C or better to pass and earn credit in this course; the grade of D is not given in ENGL 1101.

Online Syllabus:   ·   Email:

(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.

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

- Readings from textbooks and those linked to the online syllabus are to be completed by the dates each appear below in preparation for class discussion and potential quizzes. Numbers following the Harbrace title refer to chapters, while numbers following the Readings for Writers (RfW) title refer to pages.

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


August 19

Intro to class and Harbrace 1a & 1b

August 21

Harbrace 1a & 1b cont; Harbrace 2

August 26

Evaluation essay written during class ( Bring GHC ID for printing )

August 28

RfW 1-10, 18-27, 133-141, 171-175; Harbrace 24- 26; complete policies & syllabus test; complete homework worksheet by next class

September 2

Labor Day - Class will not meet

September 4 Receive and discuss Narrative Essay assignment; RfW 233-243; discuss sample narrative essay

September 9

Harbrace 3 - additional practice linked here

September 11

RfW 244-248, 261-262; revise narrative essay drafts

September 16

Turn-in Narrative Essay final drafts when class begins; RfW 286-289, 306; receive and discuss Descriptive Essay assignment & example article

September 18

Harbrace 4f & 5c; RfW 295-298; discuss sample descriptive essay

September 23

Harbrace 17; discuss additional descriptive sample esssay

September 25

Turn-in Descriptive Essay final drafts when class begins; Harbrace 4a & Glossary of Usage; RfW 456-462, 474-478; receive and discuss Compare/Contrast Essay assignment

September 30

Harbrace 13, 14 & 9; RfW 463-473

October 2

Harbrace 15; RfW 425-427; in-class glossary of usage and homonym exercises

October 7

Turn-in Compare/Contrast Essay final drafts when class begins; review grammar/punctuation covered to date with in-class exercises

October 9

Grammar and Punctuation Test 1

October 14

Fall Break – Class will not meet

October 16

Complete in-class grammar/punctuation exercises

October 21

In-class writing exercise to count as essay grade

October 23

RfW 555-564; receive and discuss Analysis/Persuasive Essay assignment; LAST DATE TO DROP CLASS WITHOUT ACADEMIC PENALTY

October 28

RfW 609-622 & 369’s Pointer; Harbrace 28; example persuasive writing linked here

October 30

Introduction to GALILEO and GIL; RfW 719-728; Harbrace 30-32; research librarian presentation

November 4

RfW 578-584,630-633; 565-571; discuss analysis essay linked here; complete worksheet linked here

November 6

Harbrace 32 & 33 and citing GIL & GALILEO; MLA-style paper format overview; analysis/persuasive rubric; paraphrasing instruction; citation quiz

November 11

In-class completion of Analysis/Persuasive Essay to be turned-in by end of class

November 13

RfW 331-334; receive and discuss Process Essay assignment

November 18

RfW  335-339, 683-685; discuss process writing examples

November 20

Complete grammar reviews and vague pronoun reference instruction; complete reflective evaluation form

November 25

In-class completion of Process Essay to be turned-in by end of class

November 27

Thanksgiving Holiday – Class will not meet

December 2

Receive, discuss and begin Creative Writing Analysis assignment

December 4

In-class review of grammar/punctuation

December 9

Creative Writing Analysis assignment due at start of class; final Timed Essay written during class to be turned-in by end of class

December 16 at 12 noon

Grammar and Punctuation Test 2


REQUIREMENTS: In addition to writing, students must perform satisfactorily in all other areas of course work, such as reading assignments, grammar and punctuation exercises, periodic quizzes, and class participation.

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: All students in this course will be required to use computers and MS Word (as the College’s software does not support any other word processing programs) to complete the majority of the course's essay assignments. 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 , 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.

•    In essays and other written assignments, students will demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information to support ideas or arguments; and to organize their thoughts coherently and effectively in standard written English.
•    Students will demonstrate that they understand writing as a process through prewriting/planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading.
•    By the end of the course, students will demonstrate basic writing competency in grammar, mechanics and usage.
•    Through the reading of non-fiction essays, and possibly short literary works, students will develop critical reading skills.
•    Students will practice the research process including location of basic sources, evaluation of source credibility, and MLA citation of sources, both in the text and on a Works Cited list.

GHC and USG learning goals and outcomes are linked here.

GRADES: The final grades that may be earned in English 1101 are A, B, C and F. A grade of D is not considered a valid grade and may not be assigned at the end of a term. (100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-0=F)

Final grades will be determined by averaging all of the following scores:

●"Points Total" (Sum of points earned with homework, in-class assignments and class participation. 100 possible points)

●Two grammar/punctuation exams          ●Six complete essays

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 . 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, 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: For classes that meet twice a week, after the fifth absence, the student will not be allowed to return to class until he/she has met with the division chair or his designee. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the division chair and arrange such a meeting.  A student who misses five classes may not return to the class without appealing to the division chair. This appeal must be made within five days. Otherwise the student may not return to the 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: Harbrace Essentials by Glenn & Gray, Readings for Writers by McCuen-Metherell & Winkler, 14th edition;  portable electronic file storage (cd, jump/ zip drive, etc)

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.


© 2018 Georgia Highlands College