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English 1102


English 1102 (Composition II) – Kemper – Fall 2002


Basic Course Information

English 1102 – CRN 80361 9:30-10:45 a.m. TR

Withdrawal deadline – Oct. 11

(3 credit hours)


English 1101 with a grade of “C” or better or exemption of English 1101 through the Advanced Placement Test or transfer credit for English 1101


An Introduction to Literature, 12th edition. Eds. Barnet et al.

Hodges’ Harbrace Handbook, 14th edition

Course Description

English 1102 is designed to help you further develop the basic writing skills you learned in English 1101. This course is also an introduction to the study of literature, so most of the essay assignments involve topics related to the short stories, poems, and plays studied in the class. One essay will be a Regents’ Test type of essay. In addition, the course includes training in research techniques and the writing of a research paper. You will also be introduced to basic literary terminology.

You will use a computer for class writing assignments, research, and other assignments. E-mail will be used for communicating with your instructor and for class group assignments. Georgia Highlands College provides you with an e-mail account, but you must have your own Internet Service Provider for at home access.

Out-of-class assignments may be done on a Georgia Highlands College computer or some other computer you own or have access to that is compatible with the software and capabilities of the Georgia Highlands College computers. The Help Desk can provide you with information about minimum computer specifications.

Course Grade

The course grade will be based on the essay grades (one low essay grade will be dropped if all writing assignments are completed), the research paper grade, the daily grade (see below), and a literary terminology exam.

The grade will be determined as follows: (1) The average of the essay grades will make up 60 percent of the course, (2) The grade on the research paper will make up 25 percent of the grade, (3) The daily grade will make up 10 percent of the course grade, and (4) The literary term exam will make up 5 percent of the course grade.

Writing Grade:

Written assignments are expected to be logically organized and written in clear, correct English. In general, errors resulting in deviations from Harbrace sections 2, 3, 6a, 7a, 31a, and 31b are considered the most serious. However, errors related to Harbrace sections 5, 6b, 7c, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 23, 28, and 31c are also considered serious, and any error that interferes with the clear expression of your ideas may be regarded as serious. Also, you are expected to learn correct procedures for using quotations and paraphrases and for documenting a paper. Therefore, persistent errors in these areas (Harbrace sections 16, 17,and 38) are also very serious.

Your folder containing all written assignments is due at the end of the semester and must be turned in before you receive a grade for the course.

Daily Grade:

Daily grade points will be given for essay revisions, class discussion assignments, papers not given a letter grade, quizzes, videos viewed in class, and other daily assignments. Generally, no makeups will be possible for daily grade discussions, quizzes, or other activities, though written daily grade assignments may be made up if there was an excused absence.

Plagiarism or Cheating

You are expected to write your own papers without excessive help from anyone else (specific guidelines will be given for group writing projects). Also, you must identify in the paper the source of any information or ideas not your own (whether quoted directly or put in your own words) in order to avoid plagiarism. If you turn in a plagiarized paper, it will receive a grade of F, and you may also be given a grade of F for the course. In addition, you may be subject to disciplinary action by the college. The same is true if you are found cheating on a quiz or exam. The instructor also reserves the right to refuse to grade any paper that shows traces of plagiarism or indicates that the student received excessive help from another person and to require that a new paper be written to replace it. If a student’s out-of-class papers are markedly superior in quality to those written in class, the in-class papers will be weighed more heavily in determining the course grade.

(See Harbrace 38d for a definition of “Plagiarism.” Also, the Georgia Highlands College  “Academic Integrity Policy” contains a detailed definition of
plagiarism and other types of academic dishonesty and outlines procedures and sanctions relating to violation of the Code.

Attendance and Late Work

1. Because each assignment builds on material covered previously and on previously developed skills and because of the group work responsibility in the class, it is imperative that you be in class every day. If you must miss class for any reason, you are still responsible for finding out what went on in class and for keeping up with assignments. Only an absence for which you have a doctor’s excuse or which is truly unavoidable for significant reasons and of which I am notified immediately (706-368-7626) or 1-800- 332-2406) will be considered an excused absence.

2. The normal penalty for a late paper is one-half letter grade off for each class period the work is late. In the case of a TTR class, a late paper that was due Thursday will be counted two days late unless it is turned in by noon of the following Monday.  It may be possible to avoid the penalty if you have an excused absence.

3. Toward the end of the semester, a cut-off date will be set after which late papers will no longer be accepted. Work not turned in before the cut-off will be assigned a grade of “F.”

Course Objectives

English 1102 helps fulfill these Georgia Highlands College Student Learning Outcomes. Number One. Communication: Students will demonstrate the ability to write and speak logically, clearly, precisely, and the ability through accurate reading and listening to acquire, organize, present, and document information and ideas. Number Five. Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate that they have developed dimensions of critical and analytical thinking.

Expected Results

Through the writing of literary essays about selected fiction, poetry, and drama and through the writing of a research paper, students will demonstrate their ability to conceive ideas about a topic, synthesize and arrange them logically, and express them clearly in written standard English with appropriate MLA documentation.

Through the discussion, interpretation, and analysis of literary works and through the examination and analysis of research materials/sources, students will demonstrate the ability to recognize differing perspectives and points of view.

Through research and research paper writing and through critical examination of literary works in analytical essays, students will demonstrate their ability to form hypotheses and anticipate consequences.

Disability Support

Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the Access Center (706-802-5003) to coordinate reasonable accommodations. The student may also contact the instructor to discuss specific needs. This should be done as early in the semester as possible.