1010 Syllabus (Fall 2019)

ENGLISH 1010                             HOWARD                      FALL 2019

Course Website: https://bettercallcomp.wordpress.com

Classroom: Liberal Arts Tech Wing 111         Class time: Tues/Thurs 9:25am-10:40am

Email: khowar20@aum.edu                              Office: 144 I (first floor Liberal Arts)

Office Hours: 10:40am-12:10pm Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9:30am-12:30pm Wednesdays

You may also email me to request a different time, and we’ll make a plan to meet.

Prerequisite: score of 18 or higher on the ACT or 450 or higher on the SAT or successful completion of ENGL 0103 ( http://www.cas.aum.edu/departments/english-and-philosophy/composition-at-aum)

English Composition 1 or English 1010 is a first-year writing course focused on introducing students to the concepts and practices of rhetoric and composition. The course prepares students to compose texts in variety of genres for various purposes, audiences, and contexts, including digital environments. The course emphasizes analytical and critical skills: rhetorical analysis, critical thinking, argument, and reflection. Students use writing processes to draft, peer review, revise, edit, and reflect on their work. The course assignments and projects prepare students for varied writing contexts at the university and in their future professional career.

This class is focused on helping you create essays with your own ideas and not on source investigation and documentation. You should not cite outside sources unless directed to do so in the last project. Your content will primarily come from your own experiences, ideas, and reactions to culture. English 1020, the second semester of composition, is a research-driven course where you develop one main project with attention to the ideas of others as well as your own.

Students must talk, learn, and write each day as a community and must be willing to entertain new perspectives (ones sometimes different from what you learned in high school).  They should expect to work as a community in class (and online) to read, write, and review their work throughout the term. Participation and attendance are essential to success. Approximately every sixth class meeting is a workshop with me and 2-3 of your peers in my office. Part of your responsibility this term is to learn from the revision and feedback you receive from your classmates and me.

***Students should save EVERYTHING that they write for this course.***

Required Texts and Resources

Binder and notebook paper

Laptop at home and/or in class

Access to AUM email, Blackboard, and Internet on regular basis

All readings will be provided or linked for you on the course website. No textbook is required for this course. 

Course Objectives

Students will work to improve their abilities in

  • Audience awareness and perspective shifting
  • Rhetorical strategies and logic based on the use of multiple genres
  • Evaluating peer writing in teams and in partners with teacher guidance
  • Organizing ideas in ways that create a reader-friendly document
  • Determining relevance of information when communicating ideas
  • Alternating between material and digital media based on knowledge of genre


Key Terms for English 1010 include but are not limited to:

  • Audience
  • Context
  • Rhetorical situation
  • Purpose (or exigence)
  • Reflection
  • Circulation
  • Genre
  • Discourse community


Students are expected to know these terms by the course’s end and apply them successfully in their final reflection letter.


Classmate Contact Information (please obtain this info by 2nd class mtg)

Name and email or phone:__________________________________

Name and email or phone: _____________________________________

Class Grading and Point Distribution                                           Approximate Due Dates    

Unit 1: Writing to Inform and Shift Perspective            60 pts               (20%)         September 18

Unit 2: Restaurant Analysis                                            60 pts              (20%)         October 16

Unit 3: Problem Solving and Proposals                          60 pts              (20%)          November 12

Unit 4: Portfolio and Reflection Letter                            60 pts             (20%)         December 3, 10

Classwork, Workshop, Drafts                             approx. 60 pts              (20%)        ongoing         

TOTAL                            300 pts            100%

 Final grades do not have plus or minus designations but are calculated as A 90-99, B 80-89, C 70-79, D 60-69, and F below 60. YOU MUST EARN A ‘C’ OR HIGHER IN THIS COURSE TO MOVE ON TO ENGLISH 1020.



Attendance and Communication:

Students are expected to attend all classes. This course is face to face, not online, and to complete the course you must be a regular member of our class community. You are allowed the equivalent of two weeks absence (4 class meetings); after that amount, you will be notified of an FA grade and the suggestion to retake the course.

Tardiness will also affect participation and overall averages. Whenever possible, students should SEE THE INSTRUCTOR in advance if they anticipate a late arrival or early departure. Advisor and doctor visits are to be scheduled around class instruction unless absolutely necessary.Those who are tardy will be admitted, but they will not receive credit for missed group work or quizzes. If a student’s grade becomes borderline (such as a 79.4 or 89.3), participation (or lack of) is always the reason I will round the numbers up or down.

It is your responsibility to contact the two people listed above if you are absent and need to know what you missed.  If you send an email asking what you missed, it may not be answered. You get the most out of your university life when you learn to work with and connect with peers in these situations.


Students who consistently miss major paper deadlines and who exceed the number of allowed absences will not pass the course. Materials may not be submitted all at once at the end of a semester.


When emailing me, please introduce yourself before asking your question. If you ask me something, I need context for who you are before giving you the best answer. Also, please address me as Dr. Howard, and include a subject header that explains the nature of your question, too.

Academic Honesty:

All work submitted to this class must be your own and written exclusively for this class. Don’t recycle or reuse work.  In cases where plagiarism or other academic dishonesty is clearly established, the penalty could be a grade of “F” in the class, regardless of the value of the assignment. No assignment in 1010 requires extensive research; additionally, assignments in this class are designed with specific goals. Purchasing or copying materials from someone else rarely yields anything more than a D or F due to the “poor fit” such a document makes within our class ecology.

Free Academic Support:

All students have the opportunity to receive free academic support at AUM. Visit the Learning Center (LC) in the WASC on second floor Library or the Instructional Support Lab (ISL) in 203 Goodwyn Hall. The LC.ISL offers writing consulting as well as tutoring in almost every class through graduate school. The LC may be reached at 244-3470 (call or walk-in for a session), and the ISL may be reached at 244-3265. ISL tutoring is first-come-first served. Current operating hours can be found at http://www.aum.edu/learningcenter.


From the website itself: Learning Center tutors offer you learning strategies based on your individual learning styles. Writing tutors work with undergraduate and graduate students in every course across the disciplines and have been trained to help non-native speakers of English. We have current style manuals, including APA, MLA, AP, and Turabian along with current textbooks, solution manuals, Compass Math Placement Test guide, Windows and Linux Operating Systems. We offer extended time for students enrolled through the Center for Disability Services. Come check out our services and enjoy some candy while you are here.


Curtiss Course Critiques:

AUM is committed to effective teaching. Students assist in maintaining and enhancing this effectiveness by completing teaching evaluations in a thoughtful and honest manner. We ask that you take time to respond to all questions and write comments. You do have the right to not participate in this process, but leaving your impressions as a legacy to students coming behind you is very important to us. You will be given time IN CLASS on December 3rd to complete this evaluation.

Your feedback helps to develop more effective and creative approaches to teaching. This information you provide is used in the annual faculty evaluation, reappointment, and promotion and tenure processes. The instructor will not be given de‐identified student comments nor informed of the aggregated results of evaluations until after final grades have been submitted. All individual student responses will be confidential.

Feel free, however, to see me throughout the semester and let me know how I might make the class more accessible or fair to you. Communication is key. If something in class does not make sense, ask for help. That’s why I’m here.


Special Needs:

Auburn University at Montgomery attempts to make reasonable accommodations to meet the special needs of its students with disabilities. Students requiring special services should notify their instructor as soon as possible. Assistance is available from the Center for Disability Services, which is located at Taylor 147. Reach them at cds@aum.edu or (334) 244-3631. The key is to communicate with me regularly about these things so I may help you have the best learning experience possible.


(If you need to change your seating, the way you take quizzes, or have a concern about your learning in general, you need not go to CDS for all of these matters. Come see me or email me and I will help you find a solution.)

Assignment Protocol/Late Work:

Papers should be emailed no later than the date and time specified on the course schedule. In-class writing activities must be completed before exiting class. Again, students who consistently miss major paper deadlines and who exceed the number of allowed absences will not pass the course. Materials may not be submitted all at once at the end of a semester.

 Important Dates for AUM:

Registration cancellation date: August 23.

Last day for 100% refund: August 26.

Last day for 50% refund: September 11.

Midterm grades due: October 11.

Last day to drop: October 25.





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