ENGLISH 101. ACADEMIC WRITING
English 101, Academic Writing is written, produced and directed by Gary Homer Gutchess. That's ancient Greek GoŽtes (meaning "sorcerer" or one who raises the dead and cleans up haunted houses), Italian Gucci, Swiss Goetschy, Dutch Goetschius, very bad American misspelling Gutchess.
From days of yore, Dr. G holds a PhD in English from the University of Notre Dame, as well as BA and JD degrees. In addition to teaching college English, he has written and edited articles and books, practiced law, worked in politics, and managed commercial business enterprises in the USA--from the lot of which he is retired if not forgiven.
General Course Goals
Academic writing is writing for college
and university readers. There are teachers writing for teachers
(scholarly writing), teachers writing for students (textbooks, etc.),
students writing for students (campus literary publications, &c.), and
most importantly students writing for teachers. This last type is the
focus of our course. We will prepare for college writing assignments by
practicing the research paper and the essay exam.
Academic writing is a complex art, and it takes practice to become skillful
at it, all of your college papers can be A's, once you know all of these little
Please accept these how-to's as your course goals. Goal #1 may seem unrelated to our course, but it is by far the most important item on the list. Positive thinking, goal setting and discipline are the keys to achieving all other goals.
Specific instructions for what to do in each Lesson appear in bold brown text in the "instructions" and "assignment" sections of the Lesson pages.
What Students Need to Succeed
99, ESL, or developmental courses in English may be required for
students who need substantial help with grammar, punctuation, spelling
or basic technical aspects of writing.
Diane. A Pocket Style Manual. 4th ed. Boston:
Bedford/StMartin's, 2004. ($19.75 new as of June 2004; used books
may be available at Follett's)
basic reading for the course is this web site. Come to class each day
having read the web page materials for that Lesson. (Print out the
Lessons if you wish.) Bring Hacker's book
each day, also. Bring Plato each class meeting in September.
Course Web Sites
Course lessons, readings and assignments are published at Dr G's web site, www.englishare.net. For best results browse with Microsoft Internet Explorer,TM use a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, and print pages with margins set at zero.
To submit assignments and comments to Dr. G, and receive grades and comments from Dr. G, use the interactive course web site at SUNY Learning Network (SLN). Students must register with SLN to gain access.
When enrolled in English 101 with Dr. G, students accept the section rules listed below. If any of these course policies are not clear, ask the instructor for clarification! If any are not acceptable, withdraw from the course!
GRADES. The final grade in this course will be computed on the basis of 100 possible points, as shown in the course schedule. The conversion from total points to a final letter grade for the course will be: A=90, B=80, C=70, D=60, F=every number below 60. Pluses will be attached for three or more points above the letter, and minuses will be attached for three or less points below the letter, except that there's no grade of D-. Examples: 87=A-, 86=B+, 67=C-, 66=D+, 59=F.
The instructor will use a variety of criteria in evaluating student writing assignments: adherence to instructions, punctuality, clarity, persuasiveness, originality, organization, completeness, style, tone, grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, comparison to the quality of other students' work, citation, depth and quality of research. Specific grading formula sheets will be distributed with the most important assignments. The instructor's written comments to students should explain the numeric grades very thoroughly in most cases, but a student who does not understand a grade, after reading the comments, should speak to the instructor for clarification. It's essential that students understand as clearly as possible the basis for the evaluation of their work.
A failing grade on the English Department's final exam (see "Final Exam" below) requires a failing grade for the entire course. A student also may fail the course for plagiarism or cheating (see "Plagiarism and Other Forms of Cheating," below).
GRADE OF INCOMPLETE. A student may request an incomplete grade by submitting an Incomplete Request form (available at the Enrollment Services Center, at the extension sites, or the Academic Records Office) or else by emailing the request to the instructor. The incomplete request requires approval by both the instructor and the college registrar. The instructor will grant incompletes to students who are earning passing grades, and are nearly complete in the coursework, but who will be unable to finish by the end of the semester due to a documented medical condition or disability, family death or family hospitalization, or for legal or religious reasons. (See "Excuses" below.) Requests must be received no later than the date of the last scheduled Lesson.
FINAL EXAM. TC3 mandates that all students in English 101 pass a department-wide final exam. A failing grade on this exam requires a failing grade for the entire course, regardless of the student's performance on other assignments. To assure quality control and fairness, the final exam is team-graded by instructors of English 101; it is not graded by the student's particular instructor. This subject is presented thoroughly in the last few weeks of the course.
This lateness policy is meant to encourage students to stay current with the pace of the course, to support personal discipline, and to provide fairness to all students in the course.
With the instructor's permission, this lateness policy may be modified for students whose work is late due to a documented medical condition or disability, for family death or family hospitalization, or for legal or religious reasons. (See "Excuses" below.)
EXCUSES. A student may request an extension of time to complete an assignment because of a documented personal medical condition or disability, family death or family hospitalization, legal or religious reason. Such a request must provide proof of the hardship (such as the written excuse of a health professional), and a new timetable for promptly completing all unfinished work. The instructor will decide whether or not requested excuses and timetables are acceptable. In this policy, the term "family" includes a spouse, sibling, child, step-child, grandchild, parent, step-parent, grandparent or great grandparent. "Disability" means a disability according to TC3's Disability Policy.
ATTENDANCE. Attendance is required. It impacts grades because graded assignments are written in every class. A graded quiz will be given at the start of most classes, and a graded reflective writing will be written in many class periods also. These in-class assignments account for about 36% of the total course grade. They may not be made up at a later time unless absence from class has been excused. (See "Excuses" above.)
CANCELLATION OF CLASS: In the event that a scheduled class does not meet for any reason, the course schedule will continue uninterrupted. Students should be prepared for the next class, as if the cancelled class had not been cancelled. Assignments that were due the date of a cancelled class will become due on the date of the next class meeting.
PREPARATION FOR CLASS. college policy directs that students should spend at least two hours of preparation outside of class time for each hour of class time. Even more time may be necessary for students who are learning the English language or who have no prior writing experience. In English 101, the quality of student preparation is measured by daily quizzes.
PLAGIARISM, CHEATING AND DISRESPECTFUL BEHAVIORS. Acts that are inconsistent with academic behavior will not be tolerated. Students who are found to have committed any of these acts will, IMMEDIATELY AND WITHOUT FURTHER WARNING, be suspended from the course and asked to apologize to the class as a prior condition for readmission. A student who fails to apologize in a manner that is acceptable to the instructor will receive a failing grade in the course, and the matter will be referred to the college administration for any further discipline that it deems appropriate. A suspended or readmitted student who commits any further act inconsistent with academic behavior will receive a failing grade in the course, and the matter again will be referred to the college administration for further action.
Disrespectful behaviors, including assault, battery, destruction of property, theft of property, vandalism, use of slanderous, harassing or threatening speech, and all criminal acts committed during class or in connection with the the course.
Cheating on exams. A
violation of any published instruction restricting student conduct on any exam
is considered cheating. Exams produced by means of cheating will receive zero
grade credit and may NOT be rewritten for credit. An English 101 Final Exam
produced by means of cheating will require a final course grade of "F."
Cheating by misrepresenting any other person's writing, revision or editing as one's own work. It is considered cheating to fail to disclose that another person's help was received in producing a first draft, or in revising or editing any draft of a writing assignment. A student who receives help from another student, a family member, a tutor (including a Baker Center tutor), or anybody else (except the instructor) must acknowledge in a footnote the name of the helper or helpers and the nature of the help that was received. Misrepresented assignments will receive zero grade credit and must be rewritten. Revised assignments also will will earn zero grade credit.
Cheating by reproducing the same writing in more than one course. Writing submitted for credit in this course should be produced specifically for this course and for this course alone. It should not have been produced for any other course at TC3 or any other school. Moreover, writing produced for this course should not be reproduced for credit in any other course. An assignment that has been reproduced, in whole or in part, will receive zero grade credit and must be rewritten. Revised assignments also will will earn zero grade credit..
When any act inconsistent with academic behavior is discovered at any time after the course has been completed, the previously recorded grade for the course will become an "F," or failing grade, and the college may take any further measures that it believes to be appropriate.
Policy and Procedure
It is the College's policy to provide, on an individual basis, reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, which may affect their ability to fully participate in program or course activities or to meet course requirements.
What is the procedure for receiving accommodations?
Your instructor is not permitted or qualified to collect and/or maintain any disability documentation, or to make a determination as to the existence of a disability or the reasonableness of a request for accommodation, without consultation. Students with disabilities should contact Khaki Wunderlich, Coordinator of Learning Assistance Services, at (607) 844-8211 x4375 to discuss their particular needs for accommodation.
The student must provide appropriate documentation from a qualified professional identifying the disability and the limitations relating to learning. An accommodation plan is then developed between the student and Baker Center for Learning (BCL) staff. Classroom and testing accommodations are identified on a written Memorandum of Academic Accommodations, which the student delivers to each faculty member from whom he or she is requesting accommodations. Instructors are entitled to reasonable notice of any requested accommodation.
What if the requested accommodation conflicts with the course structure or policies?
The instructor will consult with BCL staff as to alternatives available to provide accommodation, while also maintaining insofar as possible the fundamental structure and objectives of the course.
Dr. G welcomes your comments and suggestions about this web site or other aspects of the course. Scads of student input have contributed to the design and features of this course.
Left: a detail from Raphael Sanzi's Vatican mural, The School of Athens (c. 1509), the figure of the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid, whose textbook on geometry remained in general use in many languages for 2000 years!
Left: Dr G is serious about this.