Course Syllabus



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Instructor:  Mrs. Anita R. Griffin Contact Info:

Hours:  I maintain course contact via Canvas during the day and early evening seven days a week.  E-mail questions or concerns because I'll be checking my Inbox throughout the day.  If you send an E-mail and don't get a response within 24 hours, something may be wrong in the transmission. Please try again.

Phone contact:  Please dial (601) 987-8176 to leave a message and number with the Jackson Campus English Department.   Leave a clearly worded message and a working contact number, and I will respond as soon as possible to address your concerns.  Use the Help and Support button in the Introduction Module for directory and assistance.


To enroll in ENG 1113, English Composition I, the student must have scored at least 17 in the English area of the ACT, at least 71 on the Compass Test (on record at the Admissions office) or have credit in ENG 1203 or transfer credit in a course equivalent to ENG 1203 at another college.

Course Description: English 1113 emphasizes the basic principles of writing through the assignment of primarily expository essays.

Course Goals and Objectives: Student writers will explore the writing process, examine the various modes of writing, and learn to communicate effectively through the written word.

Course Materials:

  1. Textbook:  The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings, 4th edition by Bullock and Goggin
  2. 2.   A computer with certain minimal characteristics:

A PC running Windows 7 or better or a Macintosh with Mac 7.5 or above

  1. 64 MB of RAM
  2. 100 MB of free hard drive space
  3. CD-ROM
  4. Sound
  5. Internet connection
  6. Current Web Browser (Firefox or Google Chrome)
  7. See online course description for more information about prerequisites)
  8. A functioning e-mail for Canvas.  Please use Canvas e-mail for class communications.
  9. Word processing software--preferably Microsoft Word.  Do not use Word pad, Word perfect, or Notepad. 


According to the Mississippi State Board of Education, a student must attend 80% of the classes of a given course to receive credit. For online instruction, that means that 80% of the assignments must be done by the dates they are due. The assignments should be submitted on time during the week; I consider that you are in class when you complete assignments and forums.  With the instructor's permission, students may complete late/missed work within seven days until the last two weeks of class. Distance Learning policy states that online classes will continue during weekends and holidays for a seven-day online schedule.  Course work can continue during these periods. Students who access the course site or e-mail without completing work are considered absent and not participating. Nonattendance status may be changed once work is submitted. 

After a student misses one class attendance/participation, a Notice of Absence is sent. The student has seven days to respond with attendance/work.  If the student fails to respond within seven days, I will enter a grade of "F" for the Final grade.  After a student misses two days of class/participation, whether consecutive or non-consecutive,  DEA or Dropped for Excessive Absence is issued, and a final grade of F recorded.  A student's statement of intention to withdraw must be followed up with the student's active class participation or formal initiation of the course withdrawal process.  

Late or missed work

With the instructor's permission, a student will have one week to make up late/missed work.  Work that is improperly submitted or delayed by student error may be subject to a late penalty of a grade not higher than 69.  Late work submitted due to an unexcused absence will receive a grade not higher than 69.  Medical emergencies or school related absences are considered excused absences that may require documentation. 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS, EVALUATION, AND GRADING [Note changes below for the Eight Week Session.]  

 Students will be assigned five graded essays that cover different writing modes(types). The directions for writing will be posted in Course Content folders.  The percentage total for these four essays will be 40%.  Students will upload formal outlines for these four essays; the outlines will total 10%. Pre-writing assignments count 10%.  The Final Exam Essay will be administered at a proctor's location and will count 40%. Both the Mid-term Essay and the Final Exam Essay are proctored essays. The two First Days' Assignments will total five extra points each. Students must complete the Distance Learning Survey and the First Day Assignments to confirm enrollment and class participation.  Students are responsible for maintaining daily attendance by completing weekly assignments.  To maintain class participation, students should complete on schedule both weighted and non-weighted assignments/course work.

Students will complete a midterm and final exam that will be written in the presence of an approved proctor. Students must use the Smarter Proctoring button to access proctoring information and set up a testing day, time, and location.  Both the mid-term and the final exams will require that students write an essay during the one-hour exam period

Students will provide a Plan for Writing that lists the thesis statement and support points for each assigned essay.  Instructions for writing this plan are shown in a weekly module content page.  Submission of the Plan (an informal outline) is required and failure to submit before the essay is turned in for grading will result in a five point deduction from the essay's grade.  Also, students will write a formal sentence outline that adheres to textbook and instructional guidelines.

Grading Scale: 90-100 = A    80-89 =B   70-79 = C   60-69 = D and below 60 = F  Click to view the English Department Rubric at this link:  Eng 1113 Rubric for the semester'.docx


Two proctored tests are given in this course: one for the midterm test and one for the final exam. Both are essays written during the one-hour proctored time at a designated site. The student is responsible for making a proctor appointment within 24 hours before test time to accommodate proctoring schedules and exam availability.  Do not plan to test as a walk-in.

The Proctored test(s)are administered in accordance with all courses taught by Hinds Community College and the Mississippi Virtual Community College.  The test(s) is given at a secured testing environment on a campus location.  This process is one way that the college can assure the true validity of an online course.  Each Hinds location is required to offer a proctored testing environment. The schedule for each location is set by the appropriate dean and reported to the Dean of Distance Learning.  Use the Smarter Proctoring Button at the left to get started setting up your testing dates and times.  The testing dates will post in Announcements and in an e-mailed reminder.     Link for Proctored Test set up


COURSE DESCRIPTION: In English 1113 students will learn to write essays with a formal outline, a thesis (a one-sentence summary of the theme), an introduction and conclusion, a coherent and logical thought pattern, supporting paragraphs developed by specific details, and well-structured sentences showing mechanical correctness.

• Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings, 4th ed. by Bullock and Goggin, Norton publishers  
The Little Eagle with Exercises, Norton ISBN 978-0-393-29319-7 if bundled


• Pre-writing the Essay
• Writing the Essay
• Revising the Essay

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Students will be required to earn a D (60) average or better.

  1. A minimum of three 500+ word essays including the final exam
    a. Instructors must assign a minimum of 3000 words and five essays including the final exam.
    b. At least three essays must be expository.
    c. At least two essays must be analytical responses to reading – reading type and length is at the discretion of the instructor.
    d. At least one essay must include two documented sources using MLA format.
    e. Instructors may vary the number of papers and number of words as long as the minimum requirements above are met.
  2. write an essay of 500+ words for the final exam
  3. A minimum of 80% of the final grade must be determined by essays (including the final exam).
    4. Instructors may weight individual essays as they deem fit.

GRAMMAR PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT: Students should demonstrate mastery of standard American English through directed review of major areas of concern and through essay writing.

PLAN OF EVALUATION: Students will be evaluated according to course/exit requirements.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS: At the conclusion of English 1113, the student shall have written essays with

  1. a formal outline
    2. a thesis (a one-sentence summary of the theme)
    3. an introduction and a conclusion
    4. a coherent and logical thought pattern
    5. supporting paragraphs developed by specific details
    6. well-structured sentences showing mechanical correctness

English 1113: ENGLISH COMPOSITION I – Rev. Fall 2015


UNIT OBJECTIVE: The student will plan an essay.

PLAN OF EVALUATION: The student’s performance will be evaluated on writing assignments.

The student will
1. learn what an essay is
2. use restriction in selecting an essay subject
3. write a restricted, unified, and precise thesis or statement of intent for an essay
4. prepare an outline as a guide for organizing an expository essay, including an
5. appropriate title
6. learn the steps in the essay-writing process
7. learn the structure of a five-paragraph essay
8. practice expressing ideas specifically, clearly, accurately, and coherently through such writing assignments as the journal, in-class topic responses, and grammar/usage exercises
9. demonstrate the skill necessary to identify, express, and solve problems


UNIT OBJECTIVE: The student will use conventional skills in essay writing.

PLAN OF EVALUATION: The student will be evaluated on the ability to use conventional skills in essay writing.

The student will
1. use edited American English
2. develop a thesis or statement of intent fully, accurately, coherently, and interestingly in an expository essay from an outline
3. write introductory paragraphs
4. write supporting paragraphs with specific details
5. write concluding paragraph
6. write an essay that is unified, coherently presented, and mature in thought and expression*

*Supports the development of the institutional competency for Critical Thinking



UNIT OBJECTIVE: The student will improve and correct essays through revision.

PLAN OF EVALUATION: The student will be evaluated on the ability to improve and correct essays through revision.

The student will
1. use specific wording to support topic sentence ideas
2. use a variety of sentence patterns
3. write well-structured sentences showing persistent effort to attain mechanical
4. correctness
5. make stylistic improvements and grammatical and structural corrections in the rough draft stage of essay writing
6. proofread the final copies of essays
identify areas of weakness in essay writing and take steps to strengthen skills

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                Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities and does        not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or       veteran status in its educational programs and activities. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:


                Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, Vice President for Administrative Services
                34175 Hwy. 18, Utica, MS 39175


                Dr. Tyrone Jackson, Associate Vice President for Student Services & Title IX Coordinator
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Disability Support Services Statement:

                Hinds Community College provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Disability Services staff members verify eligibility for accommodations and work with eligible students who have self-identified and provided current documentation. Students with disabilities should schedule an appointment with the designated Disability Services staff member on their respective campus to establish a plan for reasonable, appropriate classroom   accommodations.

  • Rankin Campus - 601.936.5544
  • Raymond Campus and all online courses - 601.857.3646
  • Jackson Campus-ATC - 601.987.8158
  • Jackson Campus-NAHC - 601.376.4803
  • Utica Campus - 601.885.7045
  • Vicksburg-Warren Campus - 601.629.6807

 Emergency Procedures (on campus classes)

 Emergencies either man-made or natural can occur at any time and for any reason. Hinds

 Community College strives to keep our students, faculty, staff, and visitors’ safe at all times.

 Hinds Community College’s Emergency Alert System is called Eagle One Alerts. The Eagle One

 Alert Network uses SMS/ Voice messages, Emails, Emergency Info Line (601.857.3600), Eagle-

 One Website and Eagle Vision to communicate vital information to let students and staff know

 when there is an emergency on or around campus and what they need to do to be safe.

Eagle One  Alert is the accurate source for emergency information for Hinds Community College. More information about the Eagle One Alert Network and can be found at The Eagle One Alert Network is tested on the first day of every month at noon (weather permitting).

Video Surveillance

Hinds Community College utilizes Video Surveillance Cameras in order to enhance security and    personal safety on its campuses. It has been determined that use of this equipment may prevent losses and aid in the law enforcement activities of the Hinds Campus Police. To ensure the              protection of individual privacy rights in accordance with the law, a formal Policy on the Use and     Installation of Video Surveillance Equipment has been written to standardize procedures for the      installation of this type of equipment and the handling, viewing, retention, and destruction of      recorded media. Under no circumstances shall the contents of any captured audio or video     recordings be exploited for purposes of profit or commercial publication, nor shall recordings be      publicly distributed except as may be required by law.

General Information


The term "netiquette" is a compound of the words "network" and "etiquette". It refers to acceptable codes of practice for interacting with others while online. In order to prevent misunderstandings and promote engaging and meaningful collaboration, extra care must be taken into how you express yourself in your written communication.

How to Communicate

  • Be professional as you communicate. Reread your written text before posting or emailing.  In much of the corporate world, writing in all caps is considered yelling and, therefore, is not acceptable in any online communication, nor is texting lingo.
  • Be considerate. Think about how your words affect others.
  •  of the opinions of others and respect your instructor.
  • Be calm. Try to keep your emotions out of class.
  • Humor and sarcasm. Because there are no visual cues in distance education, humor and sarcasm are impossible to discern. Be very careful when interjecting humor and refrain from using any remarks that are sarcastic in nature.
  • Harassment and other offensive behavior. The online learning environment is no place to harass, threaten, or embarrass others. Comments that can be viewed, as offensive, sexist, or racially motivated will not be tolerated.
  • Offensive material. Students may not post, transmit, promote, or distribute content that is racially, religiously, or ethnically offensive or is harmful, abusive, vulgar, sexually explicit, otherwise potentially offensive.
  • Copyrights and intellectual property. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Ideas that are copied should always be cited correctly.


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