English 201

Advanced English Composition

Winter 2001

Instructor:         Shusmita (Mita) Sen
Office:                 Old Main 1-211 R
Phone:               (509) 533-7367
Email:                 msen@scc.spokane.edu

Office Hours for Online class:
                             10:30-11:30 Mon-Friday        
Office Hours for all classes:
                             1:30-2:30 Mon-Thursday, and by appointment

Text(s):                   1. Elements of Arguments, 6th Ed. Annette Rottenberg
                                2. A Writer’s Reference, 4th Ed. Diana Hacker or any other handbook that offers adequate                                                research information
                                3. A college dictionary (optional)

Read the syllabus carefully, and if you need any clarification on any of the criteria, please feel free to ask questions now or at any time during the quarter. This syllabus stands as an agreement—that clearly defines the requirements of this course and the responsibilities—between you and me. What you need to be aware of right now is that this course—Advanced English Composition—requires hard work and commitment.

Objectives of the Course:

English 201 is an expository writing course, requiring more advanced writing skills than did English 101, yet reviewing and incorporating some of the same skills. It will focus on the reading and discussion of various selections from your text and other sources. You will be writing essays about the subjects/readings discussed, using what you read both as models (when appropriate) and as inspiration for your own writing improvement. At the end of the course you should be able to:

Student Learning Outcomes:

"The Student Learning Outcomes Initiatives at Spokane Community College is committed to enrich the educational environment so that the power and growth of learning are valued by all members of the college. We are dedicated to seeing our students demonstrate the following critical Student Learning Abilities as they relate to our institution and the larger community." (SCC Outcomes Mission Statement)

The final grade for overall performance in this class will include assessment of the four SCC Outcomes Abilities:

Responsibility: You will be graded on your ability to manage your time, keep up with your educational commitments, set priorities, work individually and in groups, and turn in acceptable, college-level work.

Communication: You will learn to present/offer your point of view (written and verbal) clearly, freely, and effectively—with logical reasoning strategies and adequate evidences to support your claim—so that others in the class can understand the materials being presented.

 Problem Solving: You will be accountable for synthesizing necessary information (facts, evidences, and expert opinions) in your essays, learning to ask the right questions for clarification, demonstrating your knowledge of analytical methods and the ability to arrive at reasonable conclusions/solutions, and recognizing the connections between what you learn, your learning styles, and real-life skills.

Global Awareness: You will be expected to demonstrate your awareness of and respect for human diversity and differences of opinion in class, keeping your mind open to fresh/new perspectives and displaying the willingness to listen to other viewpoints

Note: Your performance on these learning outcomes will be assessed through regular self-analysis, group evaluation, and instructor-generated evaluation methods.


Since the course is designed to help you improve your reading and persuasive (argumentative) writing skills, you should be sincerely involved in both the activities. The primary text, Elements of Argument, will be used extensively for ideas on which most of your Seminar Papers will be based.

Typically, the workload for this course will be as follows:

The seminar papers, around 400-450 words each—organized in the standard essay format—will be "text-based" and should address/include the following elements:

  • The main idea(s) in the work you are analyzing
  • Your interpretation of the author’s point of view or the issue at hand
  • Your evaluation of and/or critical response to the author’s assumptions or the issue
  • Direct or indirect quotations, in the MLA format, used as support/evidence to your arguments.

Late-Work Policies:

Evaluation Process:

Your grade will be based on the total points achieved on the activities you choose to complete.

An approximate idea of the possible points is as follows:


Points Possible

Seminar papers (four) 150 total
Editing Sessions for seminar papers 20 total (5 each for effective participation)
Term Paper 100
Editing—term paper 10
Critical Review Paper 50
Grammar, Punctuation, Documentation Tests 100 total
Other miscellaneous assignments 50 total
Outcomes Assessment 20
Total 500 (approximately)

Spokane Community College grading Scale:

        Note: the grade scale for this course could be slightly different

Numeric Grades

Letter Grade Equivalent

Grading Scale

3.8-4.0 A (Superior achievement) 95-100
3.5-3.7 A- 89-94
3.2-3.4 B+ 83-88
2.9-3.1 B (Above average achievement) 79-82
2.6-2.8 B- 76-78
2.3-2.5 C+ 73-75
2.0-2.2 C (Average achievement) 70-72
1.6-1.9 C- 66-69
1.3-1.5 D+ 63-65
1.0-1.2 D (minimum achievement) 60-62
0.7-0.9 D- 57-59
0.0-0.6 F  

Withdrawals and "Z" Grades:

  • It is recommended that you see or talk to your instructor and/or advisor if you consider withdrawing from this class. In the event you stop attending, have not formally withdrawn, and do not complete the course, you will receive a grade of 0.0 (F).
  • A grade of "Z" or "I" (Incomplete) may be given, when requested by the student, under justifiable circumstances and solely at the instructor’s discretion.
  • An "I" will only be considered under the following circumstances:
  1. Passing work must have been achieved prior to the student not being able to complete the course and
  2. The student is not able to complete the course due to circumstances beyond his/her control.

Other Considerations:

  • The American with Disabilities Act is designed to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to access academic programs and successfully complete their educational goals. Spokane Community College is committed to providing accessibility to all students. Any students with disabilities who have accommodation needs must contact Disability Support Services located in the Learning Resources Center (Library) or call Laura at 533-8872 to make an appointment to complete the intake process. This information will remain strictly confidential.
  • Cheating: WAC 132Q-04-060
  • Any student who, for the purpose of fulfilling an assignment or task required by the faculty as part of the student’s program of instruction, shall knowingly tender any work product that the student fraudulently represents to the faculty as the student’s work product, shall be deemed to have cheated. Cheating shall be cause for disciplinary action.

    Any student who aids or abets the accomplishment of cheating as defined in subsection (1) of this section shall also be subject to disciplinary action.

  • Plagiarism Policy: WAC 132Q-04-061

           Please review this SCC English Department Plagiarism Policy:

Plagiarism (from the Latin word for "kidnapper") is the presentation of someone else’s ideas or words as your own. You plagiarize deliberately if you copy a sentence from a book and pass if off as your writing, if you summarize or paraphrase someone else’s ideas without acknowledging your debt, or if you buy a term paper to hand in as your own. You plagiarize accidentally if you carelessly forget quotation marks around another’s idea because you are unaware of the need to acknowledge the idea. Whether deliberate or accidental, plagiarism is a serious and often punishable offense.*

        To encourage academic excellence and honesty, we have established the following policy:

        Penalties for Deliberate Plagiarism or Cheating:

  1. First Offense:        Automatic failure of the paper or test and possible failure of the course.
  2. Second Offense: Automatic failure of the course.

*Fowler, H. Ramsey. Little, Brown Handbook, 3rd Ed. Boston: Little, 1986: 570.


I will encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning, behavior, and work.

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