|Instructor||Frances M. Lange, MS. Ed|
|Start Date||August 24, 2015|
|Course Credits||6 Credits|
Please ensure that you have the correct material(s) for this learning system.
Excelsior College Examinations Content Guide for English Composition (CG), October 2014, Excelsior College
English Composition Quick Reference Guide (QRG), Innovative Academic Solutions Rue Education
English Composition Workbook (WB), Innovative Academic Solutions
Keys for Writers , 7th edition, Ann Raimes, Cengage
Sticks and Stones: and other student essays, 8th edition, Rise B. Axelrod, and Charles R. Cooper, Bedford / St. Martin’s
Literature for Composition, 9th or 10th edition, Barnet, Sylvan; Burto, William; Cain, William E., Pearson
This English Composition learning system introduces information that would be covered in two undergraduate college semesters of English and Literature. The basics of grammar, writing paragraphs, analyzing literature, and correcting/revising texts are an integral part of the learning system. The exam consists of three college-level essays; it assesses the ability to produce writing that explains, interprets, analyzes, or presents and supports a point of view, as well as the ability to apply the principles and conventions of standard written English.
Upon completion of this learning system, the nursing student will be able to:
- Recognize and write about revision and editing process
- Be able to appropriately respond to three writing prompts
- Use proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar according to Standard Written American English
- Know the techniques of pre-writing and how they can be a useful tool for essay development
- Develop a three-point thesis statement
- Be able to write a 5 paragraph essay, including an introduction, thesis statement, supporting arguments and conclusion
- Properly integrate material from a text into an essay and cite the source using MLA style
- Be able to persuade a reader using a written source and personal experience for the Argumentation essay
- Analyze and respond appropriately to literary excerpts
To be most successful in this online learning system and on the standardized exam associated with the content, follow the Overall Learning Schedule found in theStart Here folder under the Content & Lessons Tab. Print the outline and follow it carefully as you progress through your studies, ensuring that you complete all assignments and activities as indicated.
After finishing your studies of the content, utilize the schedule and resources found in the Tips for Success on the Test folder provided to assist you with being as successful as possible on the standardized exam associated with this learning system.
This study system consists of the following graded activities:
|Assignment||% of Overall Grade Average||Purpose|
|Crossword Puzzles||15%||Provide additional practice with each module’s key terms.|
|Interactive Content Quizzes||15%||Provide additional practice with each module’s content.|
|Writing Activity||30%||Demonstrate how much you have learned and which areas, if any, require more attention.|
|Final Essays||40%||Gauge your readiness for success on the standardized exam.|
During this tutorial, there are Writing Activities designed to exactly match the associated standardized exam in style of writing prompts given as well as the format of the exam. If you do not rate at least a “B” on all of these writing activities, please dedicate more study time to the content prior to testing.
|Grade||What this means:|
|100 – 90%||Outstanding work. Learner is well-prepared for standardized exam.|
|89 – 80%||Proficient work. More study would guarantee testing success.|
|79 – 70%||Meeting minimum expectations. More study is necessary prior to testing.|
|69 – 60%||Below minimum requirements. A significant amount of work is needed prior to testing.|
|59% or below||Unacceptable work. A significant amount of work is needed prior to testing.|
This preparatory online learning system is about gaining proficiency in the subject matter, not about getting a grade. After each assignment, you will be given feedback on your progress, and you can use the grading scale below as your guide to potential success on the standardized exam associated with this online learning system.
To get the most out of this online learning system, frequent attendance is necessary. Although there is not a requirement on the number of hours and days you must actively participate in this online learning system, it is recommended that you log in a minimum of three days each week. There is no time limit for how long you should be logged in; however, the more time you spend actively using the study materials, the better your chances for success on the standardized exam! Plan to take full advantage of the many resources provided in this learning system. It is very important that you continue to progress in your studies to make the most of your online learning experience.
Academic dishonesty of any type, including cheating and plagiarism, is unacceptable in any learning course. Learners who are unclear as to what constitutes cheating and plagiarism should immediately contact your advisor for guidance.
Cheating is the use or attempted use of fraud, deception, or misrepresentation in any academic exercise. The following are examples of cheating, but not an exhaustive list:
- Use of unauthorized notes or material during an exam
- Exchanging information with another student during an exam
- Having another student take an exam for you
Plagiarism is the representation of another person’s work, words or ideas as your own. Some rules to follow in avoiding plagiarism:
- Place any direct phrase from a source in quotation marks and note it at the bottom of the page (a footnote) or at the end of the statement/phrase (an endnote).
- Use a footnote (or endnote) when paraphrasing a source’s idea or citing data and other facts which are not common knowledge.
- Take clear notes to keep your own thoughts apart from those you acquire during your reading so that you do not inadvertently submit the words or ideas of others as your own.
It is not acceptable to falsify the data upon which you base your ideas or to present the ideas of others as your own, intentionally or unintentionally. To avoid such problems, be sure to give credit to any information that comes from an outside source such as a book, an article, or a website. In the event that academic dishonesty does occur, it may result in penalties of admonition, warning, or expulsion from the tutorial.
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) has given us permission to include the link to their Online Writing Lab for tips on how to avoid plagiarism:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/03/ (Links to an external site.). The OWL is also a great resource for many topics related to college writing.
You may contact your Academic Advisor if you wish to discuss any personal issues which impact your ability to participate in the online learning system. If you need specific adaptation or accommodations because of a disability, or if you have medical information you wish to share, please contact Academic Services by email as soon as possible. We will accommodate all individuals who cannot participate in this course in the traditional manner due to a disability.