Danielle Fouquette

English 103—Critical Reasoning and Writing

Spring 2007

Office: 1320-04      Office phone number: 992-7745  e-mail: dfouquette@fullcoll.edu

web page: staffwww.fullcoll.edu/dfouquette

Office hours: M 12:00-1:00; T 11:00-12:00; Th 1:30-2:30, and by appointment


Required texts—must be specified editions

Required items—please bring to class each day:

Additional expenses


Pre-requisite: A grade of “C” or better in English 100 or English 100H.

Course Description: This course is designed to develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills beyond the level achieved in English 100 F College Writing. The course will focus on the development of logical reasoning and analytical and argumentative writing skills.


Humanities Objectives:

Students completing courses or programs in the Humanities Division will be able to:


Course Objectives:

After successful completion of English 103, students will be able to:


Course Requirements


Classroom conduct

To make this class beneficial and comfortable for all students, you are expected to be respectful and considerate. This means coming to class on time and not leaving early (see attendance policy) not talking when others are talking or when the class is engaged in an activity that requires concentration, and actively participating in classroom activities. In addition, please turn your cell phone or pager to silent mode when you are in the classroom. If you need to leave the classroom for any reason, please do so in the least disruptive manner possible.


Writing groups  

Most good writing is the result of a writer meeting with other people throughout the process of writing. Most writers find it necessary to talk to other people about the projects they are working on, and many meet weekly with writing groups to help keep them focused and productive as they write. For that purpose, you will form writing groups that will meet throughout the semester for a variety of purposes, including brainstorming for ideas, reading and discussing assigned readings that relate to your own writing, and reading and responding to each others’ drafts. In order for this process to work well for all students, you will need to be a cooperative, responsible member of your group. This involves two components: 1) you need to be a helpful reader and responder, which means being honest and considerate when you respond to drafts. Writers need specific information about what works and doesn’t work in their drafts, not vague compliments or criticisms. 2) You need to be a prepared writer. On days when writing groups read drafts, bring in three copies of your draft. Only drafts submitted to writing groups are eligible for points (see Grading Policy below).


Due date policy:

All essays are due at the beginning of class on the day indicated on the schedule. Late assignments are subject to significant reduction in grade and will not be accepted after one week. Any assignment not turned in one week after the due date will receive a zero. Absence is not an excuse for late work or for being unprepared. If you are absent, please contact a classmate or me to find out what you missed. You should also check my website for any changes to the schedule or handouts distributed in class. To receive credit for rough drafts and peer review, you must be in class with required drafts on dates indicated as “peer review” on the schedule of assignments.  If you are absent the day a final draft or homework is due, you can turn in your assignment before class by placing it in my mailbox, bringing it to my office during office hours, or sending your assignment with a classmate or friend. If you are absent the day an essay is due, I will not accept e-mailed submission of essays without prior permission, and in the event I do accept e-mail submissions, students are also required to submit a paper copy of the assignment.


Writing Center:

Students are strongly encouraged to work with Writing Center tutors throughout the process of writing essays. Tutors at the FC Writing Center are trained to help students at all stages of the writing process, and this service is provided free to students. To encourage you to take advantage of this free service, I offer an additional incentive for visiting the writing center: Any student who works with a Fullerton College writing center tutor on an essay for this class will receive a 5-point bonus on the final grade. You must submit a completed pink slip from the WC with your essay, and your appointment must be at least one day before the final draft is due to receive extra credit. (Good on one essay.)


Required formats for essays

To be eligible for a grade, all final drafts of assignments must be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, and follow MLA format. Any writing assignment requiring or using outside sources must follow MLA guidelines for citing and documenting sources.


I will require you to turn in photocopies of outside sources you use, so please hold on to these until the end of the semester. It is a good idea to keep copies of your work at home—I take great care with your work, but it doesn’t hurt to have back-ups ready in the unlikely event I misplace your essay. In addition, you should always keep all the work I return to you until after the end of the semester.


Grading Policy:

Grades on formal written assignments are based on a rubric that will be distributed with each assignment. To receive credit for rough drafts and peer review, students must be in class with required drafts on dates indicated as “peer review” on the schedule of assignments. All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day indicated on the schedule. 


Rough drafts and peer review for essays 1-4                                  15 %

Essays 1-4                                                                                             50 %

Midterm (in class essay)                                                                     10 %

Final                                                                                                       10  %

Homework and quizzes                                                                       10 %

Attendance/participation                                                                     5 %



Safety: Please take note of the safety features in and close to your classroom, as well as study the posted evacuation route. The most direct route of egress may not be the safest because of the existence of roof tiles or other potentially hazardous conditions. Similarly, running out of the building could be dangerous during severe earthquakes. During strong earthquakes, the recommended response is Duck—Cover—Hold until the shaking stops. Follow the guidance of your instructor. Your cooperation during emergencies can minimize the possibility of injury to yourself and others.


American Disabilities Act Statement: Fullerton College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities upon request of the student in a timely fashion and upon verification of disability.


Fullerton College’s Plagiarism Policy: Plagiarism is the copying of someone else’s work and calling it your own. Students are expected to abide by ethical standards in preparing and presenting material that demonstrates their level of knowledge and is used to determine grades. (See “Academic Honesty” in the 2001-2002 Fullerton College catalog, pp. 27 for more information.) Suspected cases of plagiarism will be investigated rigorously, including searches of on-line databases set up for this purpose. Students found guilty of plagiarism are subject to penalties that include failing the course and will be reported to the Dean of Humanities for possible further disciplinary action. Assignments that include any plagiarized material are ineligible for a grade and will be given zero points.


In its commitment to academic honesty and accurate assessment of student work, Fullerton College uses Turnitin.com to prevent and detect plagiarism. I reserve the right to submit student assignments to Turnitin.com to check for similarities between student submissions and the internet, various research databases, and the Turnitin.com database of previous student submissions. I may also submit essays to other instructors seeking plagiarism matches. Students are required to electronically submit their written work to Turnitin.com, and by taking this course, students agree that all assignments are subject to plagiarism detection processes and plagiarism penalties (see College Catalogue pg. 33 for academic penalties).


Assignments submitted to Turnitin.com by the student or instructor will become part of their database and will be used for plagiarism prevention and detection.  Student papers, however, will remain the intellectual property of the author.



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I have read the syllabus for English 103 and understand and agree to the terms, including the policy concerning plagiarism. I understand that it is my responsibility to ask my instructor to clarify any information contained in the syllabus, schedule, text books, handouts, and covered in class and that my failure to do so is not an excuse for late, incomplete, or ineligible work. I also understand that, as a student in a writing class, my writing will be read and discussed by other students in the class.






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