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ENGLISH 201

WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE

City University of New York                                   Borough of Manhattan Community College           Department of English  

Spring 2011

Section 9M5

Saturdays 8:30 - 11:24 am

Main Campus, N-417

199 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007                                  

COURSE SYLLABUS

A. COURSE DESCRIPTION and COURSE GOALS

 

B. REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS

  1. Any good writing and research handbook that contains information on grammar and style plus information on how to write a research paper, including how to use, evaluate, and document online sources (example: The Bedford Handbook for Writers, latest edition).
  2. A set of poetry handouts (provided by Dr. Case)
  3. A set of short story handouts (provided by Dr. Case)
  4. Medea, a play by Euripides (Dover thrift edition)
  5. A 3-ring binder in which to keep all handouts, classwork, homework, drafts, and essays                         

C. GRADING

  • 20% Homework and Classwork
  • 20% Essay #1: Poetry Unit
  • 20% Essay #2: Fiction Unit
  • 20% Essay #3: Drama Unit / Research Paper 
  • 20% Final Exam                                                               

D. WHAT THE ESSAY GRADES MEAN                          

E. LATE WORK

Just as you expect me to start class on time, grade your work promptly, and be prepared to teach every day, I expect you to attend regularly and on time, be prepared for class, and turn in your work when it is due. This helps our class run smoothly and facilitates learning. It also prepares you to be a self-disciplined and responsible person, employee, and citizen outside of college.
 
Therefore, my policy on late work is as follows:
  
I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE HOMEWORK. If you know ahead of time that you have to miss class, you may turn homework in early (either in my mailbox or by email), but I will not accept any homework after 8:30 am on the day it is due
 
WORK DONE DURING CLASS CANNOT BE MADE UP (in-class writing, quizzes, etc.). If you miss classwork because you are absent or tardy, you will receive a 0 for the missed work.   

 

I WILL ACCEPT LATE ESSAYS ONLY UNTIL NOON ON THE DUE DATE, with a penalty of 10 points deducted. I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY ESSAY TURNED IN PAST NOON ON THE DUE DATE (student will receive a 0).


F. ATTENDANCE AND TARDINESS

 

Since our class meets only once a week, you cannot miss class without missing a great deal of material. Missing one of our Saturday classes is equivalent to missing 3 days of a 1-hour class. Therefore, I will adhere rigorously to the BMCC attendance policy (see below). IF YOU MISS 4 OR MORE HOURS OF CLASS, THROUGH ABSENCE AND/OR TARDINESS, I WILL ASSIGN YOU A GRADE OF F IN THE COURSE. No exceptions.


G. PLAGIARISM

 

I do not tolerate plagiarism in any form. If I suspect that any part of your work is not your own, I will find the source and prosecute to the full extent allowed (see BMCC policy below).


H. DEPORTMENT

 

I strive to treat all students with care and respect, and I expect the same from all students. Although we might differ widely in our backgrounds, beliefs, and opinions, we will always respect each other and our differences. I will not tolerate harmful or disrespectful remarks and behavior.

 

Also, I will not tolerate students using electronic equipment during class (surfing the web, texting, listening to music, etc). If you choose to be virtually absent in that way, I will dismiss you from class and count you absent for the day, which ultimately might contribute to an F in the course.


BMCC ATTENDANCE POLICY: At BMCC the maximum number of absences is limited to one more hour than the number of hours a class meets in one week. For example, you may be enrolled in a three hour class. In that class you would be allowed 4 hours of absence (not 4 days). In the case of excessive absences, the instructor has the option to lower the grade, or assign an F or WU grade.


BMCC DISABILITY STATEMENT: In keeping with the college’s policy of equal access for students with disabilities, any student with a disability who needs academic accommodations is welcome to meet with me privately. Students requesting accommodations will also need to go to The Offices of Services for Students with Disabilities in N768. The office will supply you, if appropriate, with an academic accommodation letter for you to show professors.


BMCC PLAGIARISM STATEMENT: Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s ideas, words, or artistic/scientific/technical work as one's own creation. A student who copies or paraphrases published or on-line material, or another person's research, without properly identifying the source(s) is committing plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the ethical and academic standards of our college. Students will be held responsible for such violations, even when unintentional. To avoid unintended plagiarism, students should consult with their instructors about when and how to document their sources. The library also has both print and digital guides designed to help students cite sources correctly. Plagiarism carries a range of penalties commensurate with severity of the infraction. The instructor may, for example, require the work to be redone, reduce the course grade, fail the student in the course, or refer the case to the Faculty-Student Disciplinary Committee (see Article 15.4 of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees). Cases referred to that committee could result in suspension or expulsion from the college.