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Freshman Composition II
Sections 13, 14, 15, 16
Instructor: Dr. Steve Benton
Office: Faust Hall, 155
Office Hours: T-TH 12:30-2:00; and by appointment (email to set up
appointments). If I’m in my inner office, please knock loudly if the outer door is shut
to keep out the cold.
Office Phone: 580.559.5877
Blackboard Issues: Contact the ECU Help Desk by phone at 580.559.5884 or email at
POLICIES SPECIFIC to THIS COURSE
Textbook Required: The East Central University Guide to Writing, Third Edition
You will need to have access to and be able to use the following:
• Internet access (high speed is recommended) and a Web browser (Google Chrome or Mozilla
Firefox is recommended).
• Microsoft Word
• An ECU e-mail account
For assistance, contact the help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (580) 559-5884.
Friday assignments may be turned in late (at any time during the semester) for half credit. If
the first essay or the non-print media analysis is turned in late, it may not be revised for a
higher grade. If the final assignment for the class is turned in late, it will not be graded.
Attendance and Participation
Classes will meet once a week. You will have a writing assignment due every Friday at 10 pm.
If you ever miss class, please notify me as soon as you know that you will miss!
All e-mail communication should be made using issued ECU e-mail addresses. Routinely check
your ECU e-mail for correspondence and respond in a professional and timely manner.
70% of the final grade will be based on three essays.
The first, a 4-5 page research essay due on February 5th, is worth 20% of the final grade.
The second, a 3-4 page analysis of a non-print media text due on March 5th, is worth 15%
of the final grade.
The third, a 7-8 page research essay due on April 30th, is worth 35% of the final grade.
30% of the final grade will be based on twelve formative assignments.
Each of these assignments, due on Fridays, will be worth 2.5% of the final grade.
There is no final examination in this course.
UNIT ONE: Research Essay #1
Weeks One and Two: Introductions and Topic Selection
Due Friday, January 22: Essay Topic #1
Week Three: Evaluating and Citing Sources
Due Friday, January 29: First Source with MLA Citation
Weeks Four and Five: Synthesizing Sources
Due Friday, February 5: Essay #1 (1000 words min.; 4-5 pages)
UNIT TWO: Non-print Media Analysis
Weeks Six-Eight: Narrative summary, aesthetic analysis, ideological analysis
Friday, March 5: Essay #2 is due (75o words min.; 3-4 pages)
UNIT THREE: Research Essay #2
Due Friday, March 12: Essay Topic #3
Spring Break: March 15-19
Weeks Ten and Eleven: Annotated Bibliography
Due Friday, April 2: Annotated bibliography (5 sources minimum)
Weeks Twelve-Fifteen: The rhetorical nature of writing, writing as a social act, writing as
Friday, April 30: Essay #3 is due (1750 words min.; 7-8 pages)
Class Discussion Guide
1. Ask questions. If you find something confusing or want to know more, do not hesitate to
ask questions. Make sure to ask your questions at an appropriate moment.
2. Contribute to discussions to get as much as possible from the course.
3. Do not dominate a discussion. Share your knowledge, but not to the point of excluding
others. If you have something to offer, please share it, but allow everyone to contribute
equally to a discussion.
4. Be intellectually rigorous. Do not excuse sloppy or illogical thinking. Challenge yourself
and one another.
5. Be tactful. Be critical of ideas but remember there are other people involved. Be tactful
6. Forgive other students’ mistakes. Do not correct others, even if you follow the rules of
class discussion and use good manners. Just because you do not agree with a student’s
comments does not mean that he or she is wrong. Instead, offer a different perspective
to encourage further discussion.
7. Listen to others before weighing in. Listen to what others have said about a topic before
responding so you don’t repeat what others have already said. Try to contribute
clarifying information or a new idea to a discussion.
8. Be concise. Make your point clearly and quickly.
9. Cite your sources. If you refer to a source, cite it properly. Give credit where credit is due
10. Maintain confidentiality. Respect your classmates’ privacy. Do not repeat the personal
information that others share.
POLICIES COMMON to ECU FRESHMAN COMPOSITION II COURSES
General Education Statement
This course participates in the General Education Assessment Program for East Central
University. During this course, students produce an artifact (e.g., assignment or answers to
exam essay item(s)), which will be assessed outside of the course based on the student learning
outcome(s) listed below. Student grades for the artifact are not dependent upon the results of
the outside assessment.
Catalog Course Description
Students apply skills developed in ENG 1113 with emphasis on longer essays, extensive sourcebased research, and argumentation.
Prerequisites and/or Corequisites
ENG 1113 Freshman Composition I
All East Central University general education courses which focus on written communication
should address the following content criteria:
Students should use the various elements of the writing process.
Students should write effectively for their intended audience.
Students should write clear, coherent, organized and mechanically proficient prose.
Minimum Competencies for Each Freshman Composition II Course student:
1. Demonstrate all 1113 competencies (see page 8 of the ECU Guide to Composition).
2. Use electronic databases effectively to find information appropriate for a writing
3. Analyze and evaluate nonprint media.
4. Analyze and evaluate information or a concept from multiple perspectives and within
and among disciplines.
5. Synthesize information derived from multiple sources in a clear, coherent, organized
6. Maintain focus in an extended composition (more than 700 words).
Freshman Composition II Course Expectations
In Comp II, students writer longer essays using extensive source-based research and forms of
argumentation. More specifically, this course will expect students to:
• Understand how to research topics using the library and relevant research databases
including: EBSCO, JSTOR, and others.
• Understand and evaluate the difference between primary and secondary sources, as well
as how different source types (news article, journal, book, etc.) should be considered.
• Properly use and integrate a diverse range of sources into research papers.
• Research and create an annotated bibliography.
• Demonstrate the ability to write and organize extended argumentative research papers.
• Implement argumentative strategies and forms.
• Understand and use the proper conventions of writing, including grammar and syntax.
POLICIES COMMON to GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
General Education Program Mission Statement: As part of a liberal arts education that
inducts students into an intellectual community in preparation for and enhancement to
disciplinary majors, the General Education Program at East Central University provides
students the integrated and thorough foundation needed to reflect critically on information, to
understand and acknowledge the diversity of life and cultures, to see the relationships among
concepts, and to appreciate the interrelatedness of academic areas.
General Education Learning Outcomes:
All East Central University general education courses should address the following outcomes:
Outcome 1: Communication
Students demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in multiple contexts.
Outcome 2: Intellectual Skills
Students demonstrate the ability to comprehend and process concepts, to establish
relationships within and among disciplines, and to interpret and evaluate information for
knowledge-building and decision-making.
Outcome 3: Information Literacy
Students demonstrate the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and
appropriately for any given learning situation.
Outcome 4: Intercultural Knowledge
Students demonstrate the ability to recognize the complexity of culture, their own as well as
others, and see themselves as members of a global community.
POLICIES COMMON to ECU COURSES
Last Day to Drop with Guaranteed W
Last Day to Drop this course
72-Hour Transition Statement
Should on-campus instruction be suspended for any reason, ECU’s face-to-face and blended
courses will transition to online/virtual delivery within 72 hours. Online courses will continue
Student Code of Conduct
The student code of conduct and the incorporated university policies are provided to inform
the student body of the expected standards of behavior and policies fundamental to the normal
activities of East Central University (ECU). The purpose of the code of conduct is to develop
and maintain guidelines for a reasonable and comfortable learning environment for all ECU
community members. Refer to the ECU student code of conduct for definitions, rights,
responsibilities, and procedures.
East Central University is committed to providing equal access to University programs and
services for all students. Under university policy and federal and state laws, students with
documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. If any member of the class
has a documented disability requiring academic accommodations, he or she should report to
the Office of Disability Services. A student seeking reasonable accommodations originating
from a documented disability must register with the Office of Disability Services so that said
accommodations may be provided. Contact the Academic Affairs Office if any assistance is
needed in this process.
Academic integrity is founded upon and encompasses the following five values: honesty, trust,
fairness, respect, and responsibility (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 2003),
and is essential to the success of the university community. Deceit and misrepresentations are
incompatible with the fundamental activity of East Central University (ECU) and shall not be
tolerated. Failure to comply with and uphold the standards of academic integrity will constitute
academic misconduct and may result in severe penalties, as listed below. Each student is
individually responsible for knowing and upholding academic integrity by scrupulously
avoiding any conduct that would lead to violations of the Academic Integrity Policy. Violations
of the Academic Integrity Policy are not handled by the same procedures used for other
Student Code of Conduct violations.
Expressive Activity Policy
ECU is committed to providing an environment where issues can be openly discussed and
explored. The freedom to exchange views is essential to the mission of the university. The
expressive activity policy is in place to provide a community environment in which open
discussion can occur without disrupting the academic mission or daily university functions,
subject to constitutional time, place, and manner limitations and without unconstitutionally
interfering with the rights of other members of the university community.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (2000) states: “No person in the United States
shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be
subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial
assistance.” ECU is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that
promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of sexual
misconduct and discrimination. For more information, refer to “Title IX Resources.”
Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Stress Management Services
East Central University is committed to advancing the mental health and wellbeing of its
students. As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to
learning, such as strained relationships, anxiety, high levels of stress, alcohol/drug problems,
feeling down or depressed, and/or loss of motivation. These mental health concerns or
stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a one’s ability to
participate in daily activities. ECU counseling services are free and available to assist you with
addressing these and other concerns that you may be experiencing. You can learn more about
the confidential mental health services available on campus via the Student Counseling Center
website. In addition, Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and
gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds
of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin,
etc. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you are encouraged to contact
the ECU Police Department at (580) 559-5555 and/or the ECU Student Counseling Center at
(580) 559-5714. All services are confidential, student-centered, and free for all ECU
Technology Privacy and Accessibility Policies
To access privacy policies for external tools required for your courses, please visit the Center
To access accessibility policies for technology used in this course, please visit the Center for
Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) pages: Technology ADA Links.