• ENC 1102 – Freshman Composition II

    Spring 2020

    1.Course Information

    Instructor Name: Ms. Kathleen Thornton

    Credit Hours: 3

    Course Location: 23-014

    Email: Kathleen.thornton@marion.k12.fl.us


    1. Course Description

    ENC 1102 is an introduction to the basic concepts used in reading literature and writing about literature. Specifically, the course explores the three principal literary genres—fiction, poetry, and drama—as well as scholarly non-fiction essays to explore and practice critical thinking in writing argument.



    Constructing essays is a recursive process and frequently collaborative process of invention, drafting, and revising. Writing is both personal and social, and students should learn to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Since writing is a process of meaning making as well as communicating, peer discussion and collaboration is crucial. As the course progresses, I hope we will grow and learn from the collaborative discussions and writing experiences. PLEASE! Plan to come to class having prepared your assignments (reading and/or writing) and be prepared to learn and to be an active participant!


    GORDON RULE REQUIRMENT in ENC 1102 partially satisfies the college SBE 6-A 10.30. The writing component must be completed satisfactorily by earning a grade of C or better in this course.



    Text #1: Arguing about Literature: A Guide and Reader, 2nd edition ISBN: 9781319035327

    TEXT #2: Easy Writer, 6th edition with Exercises and Launchpad. ISBN: 978139077495


    III. Student Learning Outcomes/Course Objectives

    As a student in this class, you are expected to perform critical thinking skills in reading and writing to accomplish certain tasks.


    Student Competencies

    The student will continue to develop a complex essay structure

    • by writing 6000 words during this course
    • by recognizing, identifying, and evaluating reliable, academic sources
    • by expanding research methods established in ENC 1101
    • by avoiding plagiarism through the use of in-text citations and a Works Cited page
    • by analyzing and practicing argumentation

    The student will write a documented argumentation research essay of a minimum of 1500 words

    • by developing a research topic
    • by submitting a research proposal
    • by applying MLA style documentation
    • by producing an annotated bibliography of at least four sources

    The student will understand and practice analytical interpretation of diverse sources

    • by responding to a variety of texts
    • by identifying logical appeals and logical fallacies

    The student will purposely avoid plagiarism



    Learning Outcomes

    1. Critical Reasoning: The student will reflect, analyze, synthesize, and apply critical thinking
      1. State question at issue
      2. Identify purpose of argument
      3. Identify the ideas and concepts, information, and data, and the use of such in argument.
      4. Identify assumptions, bias, and point of view of information presented.
      5. Create plausible solutions and implications of solutions.
    2. Communication: The student will read, write, speak, and listen effectively.
      1. Read materials and effectively understand essential facts and concepts.
      2. Write an organized document that communicated effectively and appropriately for the situation.
      3. Listen actively to comprehend main ideas and essential details.


    1. Assessment

    Grading Scale: A=90 -100; B+=87-89; B=80-86; C+=77-79; C=70-75; D=60-69; F=0-59


    60% = Research Writing Project and scaffolded assignments (the 1500-word research paper with presentation is 35% of grade)

    30% = Academic Writing Practice, journals, exercises, quizzes—in class work and homework

    10% = Final Exam


    Grades are a reflection of performance on assigned coursework. Grades are not open to negotiation. You are expected to review comments in graded assignments and take the necessary steps to correct mistakes and improve your writing. This is where the most growth in writing academically takes place—during the revision process.


    You are welcome to ask me about your grades at any time as I am happy to discuss your standing in the course and what you can do to improve or maintain your current grade. There is no such thing as “extra credit.” You are expected to complete all assignments at the time they are assigned.


    LATE WORK will receive lowered grades (-10 points per day late). This includes daily work and larger essays or projects. NOTHING will be accepted if it is late past five days unless you have been absent for those days. If you are absent on the day work is due, you are to turn it in the next class period. Late work was a serious problem in ENC 1101 and will not be tolerated in 1102. You must remember that this is a college class, and standards are different. You should hold yourself to high standards and should budget your time to accomplish the work assigned to you.



    You will be required to write a 1500-word research paper this semester. There will be scaffolding of assignments to complete this paper. It will result in a presentation with a visual component. The final research paper and presentation counts 25% of your total course grade.



    Journals are completed each week on the assigned readings. You are given points for completing the journal assignment not for the content of the response. However, the response must be on the assigned reading and not on any other topic. If the response is off topic, then NO credit will be given. You are required to bring your journal to class. Journal checks will be announced beforehand. Late journals will not be accepted. NO exceptions.



    1. College Policies

    Academic Integrity – cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated and may result in an “FF” for the course as well as disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct. A student will be referred to an Academic Integrity Seminar. There will be a charge for the two-hour seminar, and attendance is required. Failure to attend the seminar may result in the assignment of a final course grade of “FF,” denoting course failure due to a violation of the college’s Academic Integrity policy.


    Professional counseling services for all college students who are experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress and basically all psychological issues that could affect their school, job, relationships, or their home lives. Services are provided by Florida licensed mental health clinicians. The confidential resource is for all college students who want to achieve their endeavors. The counseling department is located in Building 5, office 205B or 205F. For more information about counseling, you may call 352-854-2322, EXT. 1760 or EXT. 1580.


    Attendance Policy—Regular, punctual class attendance is the responsibility of every student who enrolls at the College of Central Florida; therefore, the institution is committed to enforcing the attendance policy in an effort to assist students in achieving their educational objectives. The documentation of student absences will begin the first day of class. When a student has a legitimate reason for being absent, the instructor has the option of permitting the student to make up work missed and may require an explanation for the absence. The college reserves the right to evaluate individual cases of nonattendance. See Student Handbook, Policy Manual and Administrative Procedures.


    Equal Access/Equal Opportunity—College of Central Florida does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, marital status, national origin, genetic information or disability status in its programs. For inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, contact Carol W. Smith, Equity Officer, 3001 S.W. College Road, 352-854-2322, ext. 1437, or smithc@cf.edu.


    Classroom Decorum—Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Disruptive students will be asked to leave the classroom. Continuous disruptive behavior will result in withdrawal from the course and disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct.


    1. CF Student Assistance Program

    The CF Student Assisstance Program (SAP) is a confidential resource for assisting students who may have personal problems which could affect their school, work, or home lives. SAP provides early intervention and professional assessment and counseling to best meet the needs of the student. Services are free to all active CF students. The SAP is managed by BAY CARE LIFE MANAGEMENT, a health management organization. A student may call a toll free helpline during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. For Crisis situations after hours, weekends, or holidays a student may call the same number and the therapist on duty will be paged and will promptly respond to the call. For services, a student may call the following toll free number: 1-800-878-5470. CF has a counseling office where students may receive free confidential professional counseling by State licensed clinicians. For more information you may call 352-854-2322 ext. 1760 or visit the counseling office at the Bryant Student Union, room 204B or email ballardm@cf.edu.


    Withdrawal—If you want to withdraw from this class, you must meet with Ms. Luckey, Mr. McClain, and/or your guidance counselor to begin the process.


    Students should be alerted to the following:

    • Withdrawals do not count in the CF GPA, but may not be viewed favorably at the university level or for financial aid.
    • A withdrawal counts as an attempt under the forgiveness/withdrawal policy and the course repeat policy.
    • There are increased costs to take the course on the third attempt (full cost of tution, same as out-of-stte rate).