Composition and Rhetoric (2304015112)
Analysis and discussion of typical literary selections. Frequent, documented, investigative essays. Continued study of writing with emphasis on logic, research, and literary criticism. Research paper required.
Prerequisite: English 1301. See the current Coastal Bend College Catalog for more information.
- Students will examine selected examples of short stories, plays, and poetry;
- analyze the major elements of literature to discover meaning in the works they read;
- write critical papers, the writing of which will encourage students to further develop their ability to interpret literature, to think critically, to write clearly, and to document critical essays;
- recognize the aesthetic value of literature; and
- complete a literary research project.
Kennedy, X. J., and Dana Gioia. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. 11th ed. New York: Longman, 2010.
Nadell, Judith, John Langan, and Eliza A. Comodromos. The Longman Writer: Rhetoric and Reader, Concise Edition. 7th ed. New York: Longman, 2007.
Aaron, Jane E. The Little, Brown Handbook, Brief Version. 4th ed. New York: Longman, 2010.
Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
- complete an outline and rough draft as preparatory work for a research paper;
- use editing and revision techniques on text and bibliography of a research paper;
- use modes of critical thinking in preparation of literary essays;
- develop the ability to research and correctly document a paper;
- identify the distinguishing features of short stories, plays, and poems;
- use critical writing as a means of understanding literature;
- identify the distinguishing elements of literature: theme, character, setting, imagery, irony, and structure;
- evaluate literary texts;
- write about literature in increasingly analytical modes;
- appreciate literature as an aesthetic form of expression; and
- understand and use literary terminology in written assignments.
Each student is expected to read and complete all assignments including a research project; participate in group discussions; and maintain an appropriate, civil manner in the classroom.
This course may incorporate essays, discussions, quizzes, journals, exams, and research assignments to evaluate student performance and to direct instruction. Due to the nature of the course, not every assignment will be fully graded and returned. Unless otherwise noted, students may expect to receive feedback on their assignments no later than 6 class hours (2 weeks) from the date of submission.
It is the student's responsibility to keep copies of all course-related documents, including all assignments submitted or received.
The instructor is not obligated to award any credit for assignments submitted after the due date.
- Essays and other assignments free of major grammar and mechanical errors, clearly and correctly composed according to the directions or guidelines, and meeting the minimum expectations related to organization, content, formatting, etc. generally earn a grade of "C" (70% - 79%: Average).
- Essays and other assignments free of all major grammar and mechanical errors, clearly and correctly composed according to the directions or guidelines, and effectively exceeding the minimum expectations related to organization, content, formatting, etc. generally earn a grade of "B" (80% - 89%: Above Average).
- Essays and other assignments with only very few, if any, minor grammar and mechanical errors, clearly and correctly composed according to the directions or guidelines, and exceeding all expectations related to organization, content, formatting, etc. generally earn a grade of "A" (90% - 100%: Exceptional).
- Essays and other assignments containing major grammar and/or mechanical errors, lacking clarity and/or unification, not composed according to the directions or guidelines, or failing to meet the minimum expectations related to organization, content, formatting, etc. generally earn a grade of "D" (60% - 69%: Poor) or "F" (59% - 0%: Failing).
- Letter grades are awarded for submissions. Letter grades may be converted to numerical grades as follows: A+=98, A=95, A-=90, B+=88, B=85, B-=80, C+=78, C=75, C-=70, D+=68, D=65, D-=60, F=58 or below (the corresponding numerical grade will be noted on any paper earning a grade of "F").
- Research Project--50%
*No assignment will be accepted after the due date.
Students may not electronically record lectures and presentations without the express, written permission of the instructor. Most lecture content is based upon original, fixed works, and is therefore the intellectual property of the instructor, which is protected by state law.
In the event that permission to record is granted, any and all course-related recordings are solely for the student’s use, and may not be publicly played, broadcast, reproduced, transcribed, or distributed. Electronic equipment used to record lectures must be designed for that purpose (personal recorders; digital or analog), must operate silently, and must be of an appropriate size.
Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of the written work of another person. This definition not only applies to situations in which an entire paper is copied, but also to situations in which only a single phrase or sentence is used without giving the original author credit for the work.
Students caught plagiarizing, cheating, or otherwise violating the Coastal Bend College academic honesty policy, will receive an “F” for the course and will be placed on disciplinary probation. Please see the Coastal Bend College Student Handbook or the Language Division Academic Honesty Policy page at www.coastalbend.edu for more information.
Attendance is necessary for successful completion of this course.
Students with more than four (4) absences may be dropped from the course, or
may receive a significantly lower grade for the course. In the case of
unavoidable absences, students should contact the instructor as early as
possible in order to address assignments, notes, etc.
Coastal Bend College does not discriminate of the basis of race, creed, national origin, gender, age, or disability.