Policy for Syllabi

University Policies

Estimation of Per-Unit Student Workload

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

 

Recording Policies

Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her.  You must obtain the instructor’s permission to make audio or video recordings in class.  Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only.  The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material.

Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval.  You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent.

 

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section athttp://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html . Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic calendar web page located athttp://www.sjsu.edu/academic_programs/calendars/academic_calendar/ . The Late Drop Policy is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/aars/policies/latedrops/policy/ . Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub athttp://www.sjsu.edu/advising/ .

 

Academic Integrity

Your commitment as a student to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University's Academic Integrity policy , located at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/S07-2.htm , requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at http://www.sa.sjsu.edu/judicial_affairs/index.html .

Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Cheating on exams or plagiarism (presenting the work of another as your own, or the use of another person's ideas without giving proper credit) will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. For this class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise specified. If you would like to include your assignment or any material you have submitted, or plan to submit for another class, please note that SJSU's Academic Policy S07-2 requires approval of instructors.

 

Campus Policy in Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at http://www.drc.sjsu.edu/ to establish a record of their disability.

 

Student Technology Resources

Computer labs for student use are available in the Academic Success Center located on the 1st floor of Clark Hall and on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. Additional computer labs may be available in your department/college. Computers are also available in the Martin Luther King Library.

A wide variety of audio-visual equipment is available for student checkout from Media Services located in IRC 112. These items include digital and VHS camcorders, VHS and Beta video players, 16 mm, slide, overhead, DVD, CD, and audiotape players, sound systems, wireless microphones, projection screens and monitors.

 

SJSU Writing Center

The SJSU Writing Center is located in Clark Hall, Suite 126. Writing Specialists are well trained to assist students at all levels within all disciplines to become better writers. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, the Writing Center also offers workshops every semester. To make an appointment or to refer to online resources, visit http://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter. For additional resources and updated information, follow the Writing Center on Twitter and become a fan of the SJSU Writing Center on Facebook. 

 

Peer Connections

Peer Connections provides course-content based tutoring, enhanced study and time management skills, more effective critical thinking strategies, decision making and problem-solving abilities, and campus resource referrals. 

In addition to offering small group, individual, and drop-in tutoring, consultation with mentors is available on a drop-in or by appointment basis. Workshops are offered on topics including preparing for the Writing Skills Test (WST), improving your learning and memory, and alleviating procrastination. A computer lab and study space are also available for student use in Room 600 of Student Services Center (SSC).

Peer Connections is located in: SSC, Room 600 (10th Street Garage on the corner of 10th and San Fernando Street), at the 1st floor entrance of Clark Hall, and in the Living Learning Center (LLC) in Campus Village Housing Building B. Visit Peer Connections website at http://peerconnections.sjsu.edu for more information.

 

 

Course Guidelines

ENGL 1A

ENGL 1B

ENGL 100W

ENGL 100WB

 

English 1A

Writing: In English 1A, you will focus on practicing all phases of the writing process including: prewriting, organizing, writing, revising, and editing. This class requires that you write sequenced essays, totaling a minimum of 8000 words. This total word count does not include your final exam, journals, quizzes, or any brief or informal writing assignments. However, this word count can include any major revisions of any assignments that have already been submitted for a grade and commented by peers or your instructor. A major revision is defined as a significant rethinking or reworking of an assignment rather than correcting small grammatical or structural mistakes. In English 1A you will write at least 3 but no more than 4 in-class essays and at least 3 but no more than 4 out-of-class essays, and how you meet the 8000 word minimum will be specified on your greensheet.

Throughout the semester, your instructor will give you frequent feedback on your writing, including comments on what is working well and suggestions for how to improve specific features of individual papers.

Reading: English 1A will include extensive and intensive reading. The reading you do in English 1A will provide useful models of writing for academic, general, and specific audiences.

Course Materials: A dictionary, a rhetoric (or rhetoric/reader), and a handbook are appropriate materials for English 1A.

The University Essay Final Exam: A common essay final, graded holistically, will count as 20 percent of your course grade. You must take the final exam in order to pass the course.

Research: In this course, you may learn to use the tools of the SJSU library, including online resources for research, but library research is not a requirement of the course.

Diversity: In English 1A, you will address issues of race, class, and gender as well as the perspectives of women and diverse cultural groups.

Grading: A-F. This class must be passed with a C or better to move on to CORE GE Area A2 and to satisfy the prerequisite for English 1B. A passing grade in the course signifies that the student is a capable college-level writer and reader of English.

English 1B

Writing: In English 1B, your assignments will emphasize the skills and activities in writing and thinking that produce both the persuasive argument and the critical essay. Each of these demands analysis, interpretation, and evaluation. These assignments will give you repeated practice in prewriting, organizing, writing, revising, and editing. Your writing assignments will total a minimum of 8000 words and this word requirement will be met by writing a sequence of six to eight essays. At least one of your essays will require research. This 8000-word minimum does not include the final exam, quizzes, journals, or any brief or informal assignments but can include any major revisions of essays or assignments. A major revision is defined as rethinking or reworking an assignment rather than just correcting grammatical or structural errors. How your 8000-word minimum will be met will be clearly indicated on your greensheet.

Reading:The reading you will do in English 1B will include useful models of writing for academic, general, and specific audiences. Readings will be used consistently with the course goal of enhancing ability in written communication and reading. The majority of the readings you do in English 1B will be devoted to analytical, critical, and argumentative essays. However, other readings will include poetry, fiction, and drama. Your instructor will help you develop and refine strategies for reading challenging, college-level material.

Course Materials: A dictionary, a rhetoric (or rhetoric/reader), and a handbook are appropriate materials for English 1B.

Research: English 1B will include an introduction to the library and basic research strategies. You will learn to locate materials and use them effectively, as well as how to properly cite them. You will be required to write a traditional research paper or a series of short essays in which you use library research to inform your position or thesis. As part of this requirement, a University Librarian will lead one class session of your English 1B course.

The University Essay Final Exam: A common essay final, graded holistically, will count as 20 percent of your course grade. You must take the final exam in order to pass the course.

Grading: A-F.

 

English 100W

Course Description: English 100W is an integrated writing and literature course in which students will develop advanced proficiency in college-level writing. Beyond providing repeated practice in planning and executing essays, and advancing students’ understanding of the genres, audiences, and purposes of college writing developed in Written Communication 1A and 1B, English 100W broadens and deepens those abilities to include mastery of the discourse specific to the field of English studies, with an emphasis on close and careful reading of literary texts. Students will develop the ability to read, analyze, and interpret literary texts intelligently, and to respond to them critically both orally and in writing; advanced proficiency in both traditional and contemporary research strategies and methodologies necessary for writing research-informed papers that communicate complex ideas effectively and appropriately to both general and specialized audiences; a rhetorically sophisticated writing style appropriate to upper-division university discourse; and mastery of the mechanics of writing.

Prerequisites: Passage of the Writing Skills Test (WST), upper-division standing (56 units), and completion of CORE GE.

Objectives: Students shall achieve the ability to write complete essays that demonstrate advanced proficiency in all of the following:

  • Clear and effective communication of meaning.
  • An identifiable thesis that asserts significance beyond the subjective response.
  • Effective and rhetorically appropriate sentence structure and diction.
  • Effective organization and development of ideas at paragraph and essay levels.
  • Mastery of conventional mechanics (e.g., punctuation, spelling, reference, agreement) and manuscript format.
  • An appropriate voice that demonstrates an awareness of audience and purpose.
  • Careful attention to review and revision.
  • Effective and correct use of both primary and secondary supporting materials (e.g., quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, citing, and documenting sources).
  • Effective analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and synthesis of ideas encountered in multiple readings.

Course Content

Writing: Assignments shall emphasize those analytical and interpretive skills and activities in writing and thinking that produce types of writing useful in English studies, including explications of poetry and prose; analyses of plot, character, theme, and image; and comparison and contrast of two or more works. A minimum of 50% of the writing shall be about poetry. At least six essays, appropriately sequenced throughout the semester and totaling a minimum of 8000 words, are required; at least one of these essays shall be substantially informed by research. This minimum requirement excludes the final examination, journal writing, quizzes, and any brief or informal assignments. However, it can include the diagnostic essay and assignments that require major revisions to a previously graded or reviewed draft. A major revision is defined as a significant rethinking and reworking of the assignment and not an edit that simply “corrects” errors noted on the original. At least two (but not more than three) essays shall be written in class. How the 8000 word minimum will be met and distributed must be clearly indicated on greensheets.

Students shall receive frequent evaluations of their writing from the instructor. In evaluating student writing, instructors shall comment on specific features of individual papers. Comments shall encourage and acknowledge student success as well as note errors and suggest ways to correct them.

Reading: The primary reading in the course will be original works of literature, especially the main literary genres, with some attention to their forms and evolution. At least 50% of the course reading time will be devoted to poetry, and a variety of forms and examples shall be surveyed. At least one full-length work (a novel, a substantial play, a long poem or poetic sequence) will be read. Other types of texts, including critical and analytical essays that serve as useful models for writing about literature for general and specific audiences, may also be assigned, but such texts shall be used consistently with the course goal of enhancing the students’ ability to read, analyze, interpret, and respond to literary texts intelligently.

Research: English 100W shall provide advanced instruction in both traditional and contemporary research strategies and methodologies, including locating and evaluating materials, using them effectively (e.g., quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing), and citing them properly. At least one substantial writing assignment in which the student’s thesis is informed by research is required. As part of this requirement, at least one class session of English 100W shall include a presentation by a university librarian.

Diversity: Assignments (both reading and writing) shall address issues of race, class, and gender when appropriate, and the perspectives of women and diverse cultural groups shall be incorporated into course instruction and materials in an inclusive and comprehensive manner whenever possible.

Tutoring: Students whose writing displays serious deficiencies in their ability to write clearly organized paragraphs and essays, or to control standard English syntax, grammar, or punctuation will be advised to seek help from the University Writing Center.

Course Materials: Dictionaries; rhetorics; anthologies of poetry, fiction, and drama; individual editions of novels, plays, and long poems or poetic sequences; and style guides are appropriate materials to require of students. Students will also be required to purchase a handbook from a list of handbooks recommended by the English Department Composition Committee.

Grading: A/B/C/No Credit. A passing grade in the course signifies that the student has developed those writing, reading, and research abilities necessary for upper-division work in the English major.

 

English 100WB

Course Description: English 100WB is a participatory upper–division core course in which students will develop advanced proficiency in college-level writing. While reinforcing and advancing the students’ understanding of the genres, audiences, and purposes of college writing developed in Written Communication 1A and 1B, English 100WB broadens and deepens those abilities to include mastery of the discourse specific to business communications. With an emphasis on critical thinking through scenario-based assignments that utilize both practical and theoretical aspects of organizational communication, English 100WB provides students with opportunities to practice both the oral and the written skills necessary for successful business communications.

Prerequisites: Passage of the Writing Skills Test (WST), upper-division standing (56 units), and completion of CORE GE.

Course Objectives: Students will develop

  • the ability to analyze and interpret communication scenarios and to respond to them clearly, correctly, concisely, concretely, coherently, completely, and courteously;
  • advanced proficiency in both traditional and contemporary research strategies and methodologies necessary for research-informed writing and oral presentations that communicate complex ideas effectively and appropriately to both general and specialized audiences;
  • a rhetorically sophisticated writing style appropriate to upper-division university discourse;
  • mastery of the mechanics of standard English.

Student Learning Goals: Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to

  • write documents and make oral presentations that are clear, correct, concise, concrete, coherent, complete, courteous, and culturally appropriate;
  • format, compose, and revise written documents for a variety of organizational situations;
  • identify and articulate the audience “take-away” message in every communication;
  • utilize a variety of communication tools, techniques, and modes;
  • communicate numerical and statistical data appropriately and effectively in both written and oral formats;
  • employ advanced research strategies and methodologies and incorporate research appropriately and effectively into both written and oral communications for a variety of organizational and rhetorical situations;
  • appreciate the importance of timely communication in organizational settings;
  • recognize a variety of organizational communication needs and constraints and employ appropriate communication strategies to meet those needs and/or constraints in a variety of business situations;
  • analyze various audiences and compile appropriate options and strategies to communicate effectively with those audiences;
  • evaluate and critique communication strategies and techniques for their effectiveness, including the strategies and techniques of their classmates;
  • make common-sense communication decisions and use logic to defend those decisions;
  • recognize when imagination and “vision” are appropriate to business communications;
  • communicate appropriately and effectively in cross-cultural situations;
  • create documents and make oral presentations that are ethically and legally defensible.

Course Content

Diversity: Assignments (both reading and writing) shall address issues of race, class, age, and gender when appropriate, and the perspectives of women and diverse cultural groups shall be incorporated into course instruction and materials in an inclusive and comprehensive manner whenever appropriate. At least one graded assignment, oral or written, shall address cross- or inter-cultural, -generational, or -gender communications.

Writing: Assignments shall emphasize those analytical and interpretive skills and activities in writing and thinking that produce types of writing useful in business communications, which include but are not limited to the following: both formal and informal correspondence for various purposes and audiences (email, memos, letters); employment application materials (resumes, cover letters, follow-up letters); formal and informal reports; white papers; abstracts, summaries, annotated bibliographies; proposals. Graded writing assignments will a appropriately sequenced throughout the semester and will total a minimum of 8,000 words; at least one of those assignments will be significantly informed by research. This minimum requirement excludes the final examination, journal writing, quizzes, and impromptu short writing assignments. However, it can include the department diagnostic and assignments that require major revisions to a previously graded or reviewed draft; a major revision is defined as a significant rethinking and reworking of an assignment, and not simply one that “ corrects” mechanical errors noted on the original. At least two graded assignments shall be written in class. How the 8000 word minimum will be met and distributed must be clearly indicated on greensheets.

Students shall receive frequent evaluations of their writing from their instructor. In evaluating student writing, instructors shall comment on specific features of individual assignments. Comments shall encourage and acknowledge student success as well as note errors and suggest ways to correct them.

Reading: Assigned reading will address issues of business communications. Instructors may choose from several department-approved Business Communication textbooks that contain models of effective business communication and from several department-approved comprehensive writing handbooks; instructors may also create a short course reader that contains journalistic and/or scholarly writing in the field of business. Other appropriate reading may include texts that address the global marketplace, online communication, visual communication, and collections of business scenarios.

Research: English 100WB shall provide advanced instruction in both traditional and contemporary research strategies and methodologies, including locating and evaluating materials, using them effectively (e.g., quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing), and citing them properly. At least one substantial writing assignment shall be informed by research. As part of this requirement, at least one class session of English 100WB shall include a presentation by a university librarian.

Active Learning: Class sessions shall provide ample opportunities for active student learning in the following ways: formal and/or informal large- and small-group discussion and collaborative writing and thinking activities designed to develop and provide repeated student practice in exercising those rhetorical, analytical, and interpretive skills that produce stylistically appropriate, intelligent, and critical written and oral responses to business-communication scenarios; both formal and informal oral presentations; organizational role-playing and interviewing simulations.

Grading: A/B/C/No Credit. A passing grade in the course signifies that the student has developed those writing, reading, and research abilities necessary for upper-division work in those majors that comprise the College of Business.