At the end of the course, the Office of Institutional Assessment and the Composition Program will collect random samples of students’ final research projects to assess the effectiveness of the Students as Scholars Program. This assessment has no bearing on your grade in the course.
Below are course goals and learning outcomes for the composition program and the SaS initiative.
STUDENTS AS SCHOLARS LEARNING OUTCOMES:
* CORE: Articulate and refine a question, problem, or challenge.
* ETHICAL: Identify relevant ethical issues and follow ethical principles.
* DISCOVERY: Distinguish between personal beliefs and evidence.
* METHOD: Gather and evaluate evidence appropriate to the inquiry.
* METHOD: Appropriately analyze scholarly evidence.
* CONTEXT: Explain how knowledge is situated and shared in relevant scholarly contexts
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR ENGLISH 302
• You will need access to a Windows or Macintosh computer with at least 2 GB of RAM and access to a fast and reliable broadband internet connection (e.g., cable, DSL). A larger screen is recommended for better visibility of course material. You will need speakers or headphones to hear recorded content and a microphone and camera in order to participate in virtual conferences.
• You should have sufficient hard disk space available to allow for the storage needed to install any additional software and space to store work that you will do for the course. Make sure you have a backup file system in place, such as Dropbox or OneDrive (1 TB of cloud-based storage provided through Mason’s Office 365) to save your work in the event of a hard drive failure.
• If you need to purchase a computer, laptop, or tablet, you can do so through PatriotTech, the computer store of the George Mason Barnes & Noble Bookstore. The store offers educational discounts and special deals.
• You will be using Blackboard, a learning management system (LMS), for your online composition course. To access Blackboard, go to the MyMason Portal page and log in with your Patriot Pass credentials. Your Patriot Pass consists of your Mason NetID (username)and strong password. If you are new student at George Mason, go HERE to sign up for a Patriot Pass.
• Make sure your computer is protected from viruses by downloading the latest version of Symantec Endpoint Protection/Anti-Virus software for free HERE.
• To view video and audio files, you must also have and , , or installed on your computer. These programs require a high-speed Internet connection.
• BROWSER compatible with Blackboard. Go HERE to see the current list of supported browsers. You can use this “Browser Checker” to see if Blackboard supports the browser and operating system you are using.
• To participate in virtual conferences, you must have a computer or tablet with virtual meeting software. Any of the following are acceptable: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (native in Blackboard), Zoom, or Skype. All of these platforms require you to use and a reliable computer with a camera and microphone.To read PDF documents, you will need to have a PDF reader, such as Preview (included for Macs) or download (the most recent version).
UNIVERSITY POLICY ON CLASS MEMBERSHIP
Students are responsible for verifying their enrollment in this class. Deadlines are included in the Course Schedule for this class as well as the GMU Schedule of Classes.
For Spring 2020, the Last Day to Add classes is Tuesday, Jan. 28. The Last Day to Drop is without financial penalty is Wednesday, Feb. 5. The absolutely last day to drop is Friday, Feb. 21.Web Withdrawal (formerly known as Selective Withdrawal) lasts from Monday, Feb. 24 to March 30, but incurs a 100% tuition penalty. After that, withdrawal requires the approval of the Dean and is only allowed for nonacademic reasons. The web withdrawal option may be used no more than three times in a student's undergraduate career at George Mason and must be completed within the dates above. See the GMU Office of Undergraduate Affairs for withdrawal procedures.
ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY
In accordance with English Department policy, each student will submit a minimum of 3500 words in
the course of the semester, which will serve as the basis for the course
grade. Any student with a documented disability which could impact the
completion of this requirement must notify the instructor at the
beginning of the semester, using a Faculty Contact Sheet.
Mason University is committed to providing equitable access to learning
opportunites for all students by upholding the laws that ensure equal
treatment of all people with disabilities. If you are seeking
accommodations for this class, pleases first visit http://ds.gmu.edu
for detailed information about the Disability Services registration
process. Then please discuss your approved accommodations with
the professor. Documentation is required to obtain
course adaptations to ensure that students recieve appropriate support
and assistance for success in the class. The Office of Disability Services is located in
SUB 1, Suite 2500, phone number (703) 993-2474. Its email address is email@example.com.
CLASS POLICY ON SUBMITTING ASSIGNMENTS
All assignments must be submitted to Blackboard. The instructions file for each assignment contains the link to submit it when finished.
It is the students' responsibiity to retain a copy of work submitted in case of submission problems, plus all graded files until the final course grade appears on their transcripts at the end of the semester.
If extraordinary circumstances prevent a student from submitting to Blackboard on time, it is his/her responsibility to email the assignment to the instructor before the due date to avoid late penalties.
CLASS POLICY ON EXTRA CREDIT
credit is not awarded in this class. However, the Annotated
Bibliography assignment can be revised and resubmitted for regrading
after a professor-student conference. Directions can be found
in the Annotated Bibliography folder under the Instructions for Assignments link in our Blackboard
CLASS POLICY ON LATE WORK
All assignments should be submitted to Blackboard on time.
Late work may be delayed in being graded and returned; delay is usually one week but may be more. Please keep this in mind, especially near the end of the semester.
Students should retain all graded files until the final course grade appears on their transcripts at the end of the semester.
IMPORTANT: The Research Paper has a non-negotiable due date due to the necessity of submitting final grades in time for graduation. It cannot be submitted late.
CLASS PARTICIPATION POLICY
Be aware that writing is a time-intensive activity. The Registrar's Office suggests 2-3 hours per week per credit hour, but composition courses can easily take more time. It is thus very difficult to make up any significant amount of lost time. Anyone who must unavoidably miss class activities is advised to notify the instructor promptly to avoid falling behind. In an online class like this one, course work and deadlines go on as scheduled, regardless of weather-related closings, unless there is a network outage or Blackboard crash.
a major religious holiday will interfere with the ability to
participate in class activities or submit an assignment on the due date,
it is the student's obligation to provide the professor with the
date(s) within the first two weeks of the semester. See the Mason
University Life Religious Holiday Calendar for dates.
Since group work is conducted online, it is crucial that each person contribute meaningfully to the group to which that person is assigned. Therefore, participation in the class environment is an important part of the semester grade, especially for the civility blog and the peer reviews of research papers. It is not possible to earn an "A" in this class without timely, meaningful group contributions. When interacting with others in the class, as well as the instructor, remember the core rules of Netiquette. Be sure to carefully craft communications to show respect and avoid misinterpretation.
Active presence in online conversations is essential. This implies brain awareness, without other distractions, as well as the basic courtesies of formal social gatherings. A student who is seriously unprepared for class or group work--having no draft ready for group mates to critique, for example--will lose class participation points for that activity. Any serious breach of good online conduct may cause the loss of all participation points.
UNIVERSITY GRADING REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGLISH 302
It is University policy that in all Mason Core English classes (English 100, 101, 201 and 302), students must achieve a grade of C (73) or higher to receive credit for the course. Students must complete all major projects to earn a C (or higher.) Students with averages of C- (72.4) or lower will receive an NC (No Credit) for the course. Students can keep track of their grade in the course folder in Blackboard by clicking on My Grades in the Course Menu.
It is also university policy that all students in English 302 must successfully complete a major research assignment in order to earn credit for the course. In our case, this is the Research Paper
It is also the policy of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which houses the English Department, that once final grades have been recorded, instructors should not accept any additional work from a student to change a grade.
In addition, the University requires that students submit a minimum of 3500 words in course of the semester, upon which the course grade is based.
Beginning Fall 2018, there is a limit of three graded attempts for this course. A W does not count as a graded attempt. Please see AP.1.3.4 in the University Catalog and consult with your academic advisor if you have any questions.
COURSE GRADING SCALE: PERCENTAGE BREAKDOWN OF FINAL GRADES
Each assignment, as well as the final course grade, is based upon a total of 100 points. Grading ranges are:
A+ = 97.5-100. A = 93-97.4. A- =
90-92.9. B+ = 87.5-89.9. B = 83-87.4. B- =
80-82.9. C+ = 77.5-79..9 C = 73-77.4. C- = 70-72.9. D = 60-69.9. F = below 60.
ESSAY GRADING CRITERIA
Essays are graded using the following general criteria:
|Quiz on Course Policies
||1, 3, 6
|Class Civility Blog and Survey
|What is Your Academic Discipline? Worksheet
|Quiz on Punctuating and Citing Quotations
||1, 5, 6
|Peer Review of Research Paper
||1, 2, 3, 4, 7
|Research Proposal Conference with Instructor
||1, 3, 4
|Characterizing an Academic Community
||1, 2, 3, 5 7
||1, 3, 5, 7
|Analysis of Academic Writing
|Annotated Bibliography||15%||2, 3, 6|
There are four MAJOR WRITING ASSIGNMENTS for this course, each in a different format. Each assignment has an instructions containing goals, skills developed by the assignment, procedures to complete the assignment, and grading criteria. There are also help files supplementing each assignment, designed to provide support in locating materials and/or developing needed critical analysis and research skills.
Four SHORT WRITINGS will establish appropriate
online behavior norms, used for critical reading, writing and reflection on research
Three QUIZZES, taken online, will cover concerns in business
research and writing.
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HONOR CODE; STUDENT SAFETY
To avoid plagiarism, meet the expectations of a US Academic Audience, give their readers a chance to investigate the issue further, and make credible arguments, writers must:
• put quotation marks around, and give an in-text citation for, any sentences or distinctive phrases (even very short, 2- or 3-word phrases) that writers copy directly from any outside source: a book, textbook, article, website, newspaper, song, baseball card, interview, encyclopedia, CD, YouTube video, movie, etc.
• completely rewrite—not just switch out a few words—any information they find in a separate source and wish to summarize or paraphrase for their readers, and also give an in-text citation for that paraphrased information
• give an in-text citation for any facts, statistics, or opinions which the writers learned from outside sources (or which they just happen to know) and which are not considered “common knowledge” in the target audience (this may require new research to locate a credible outside source to cite)
• give a new in-text citation for each element of information—that is, do not rely on a single citation at the end of a paragraph, because that is not usually sufficient to inform a reader clearly of how much of the paragraph comes from an outside source.
Writers must also include a References list at the end of their essay, providing full bibliographic information for every source cited in their essay.
different disciplines may have slightly different citation styles, and
different instructors may emphasize different levels of citation for
different assignments, writers should always begin with these
conservative practices unless they are expressly told otherwise. If
student writers ever have questions about a citation practice, they
should ask their instructor.
should be careful to avoid self-plagiarism, the practice of re-using
their own academic work in two courses or contexts. If you wish
to use your research or writing from another course, project or context
in this section of ENGH 302, please speak to the instructor
first. The Instructor needs to approve every instance in which
previous research and portions of previous writing might be used in two
different courses. Failure to consult with the instructor might
result in a failing grade for the assignment and/or a referral to the
Academic Integrity Office.
In an emergency, call Crisis Link at (703) 527-4077 or go to Online Crisis Chat, sponsored by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You may also call the campus police at (703)-993-2810, especially if a problem arises at night when daytime offices are closed.
George Mason University is committed to providing equal opportunity and an educational and work environment free from any discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or age. GMU adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity/affirmative action statutes and regulations.
George Mason University values diversity. Through the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME), Mason seeks to create and sustain inclusive learning environments where all are welcome,valued and supported. It is committed to providing equal opportunity and an educational and work environment free from any discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or age. GMU adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity/affirmative action statutes and regulations.
Mason University is also committed to a campus that is free of sexual
misconduct and incidents of interpersonal violence. As a faculty
member, the instructor for this course is designated as a "Responsible
Employee" and must report all disclosures of sexual assault,
interpersonal violence and stalking to Mason't Title IX Coordinator per
University Policy 1412. If you
experience or witness such an incident, contact the Title IX Coordinator's Office at
(703) 993-8730 for available options and resources at the Office of
Diversity Services and Programs. This office works specifically
Heritage, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific American, American Indian, and
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning populations.
The Student Support and Advocacy Center ,
available at (703) 993-3686, offers educational programming, one-on-one
consultations, and resources in the areas of interpersonal violence,
personal wellness, and alcohol and drug use. Students seeking additional counselling or advice should contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at
(703) 993-2380. CAPS provides free counselling and academic
workshops to enhance students' personal experience and academic
IMPORTANT: The University Catalog is the central resource for university policies affecting all students, faculty and staff conduct in university academic affairs. Other policies are available at http://universitypolicy.gmu.edu/. All members of the university community are responsible for knowing and following established policies.
Office of Disability Services at George Mason is committed to providing
equitable access to learning opportunities for all students by
upholding the laws that ensure equal treatment of people with
disabilities. If you are seeking accommodations for this class,
please first visit http://ds.gmu.edu
for detailed information about the Disability Services registration
process. Then please discuss your approved accommodations with
your instructor. Disability Services is located in Student Union
Building I (SUBI), Suite 2500. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (703) 993-2474.
The University Writing Center: The Writing Center is one of the best resources you will find on campus. The center’s website offers a wealth of online resources for student writers. You can schedule a free 45‐minute appointment with a trained tutor to help with any phase of the writing process. Tutors can help you brainstorm, provide feedback on a draft, answer your questions, and show you strategies for organizing, drafting, revising, and editing.In addition to free individual tutoring sessions, the center has athat offers resources for writers.To schedule an appointment, visit the center's main location in Robinson Hall B 213, or go to writingcenter.gmu.edu, register with the center, and make an appointment using the online scheduler.
The University Library: In addition to a wealth of printed resources, the library hosts around 150 electronic databases indexing hundreds of journals. GMU is also a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), which means you have hassle‐free access to the library resources of eight area universities. Please take some time to explore the library’s offerings; you may also instant message the library with any questions. In our distance learning environment, the library's Online Education Services are particularly helpful
The Language Resource Center in Mason's Global Center
provides workshops and tutoring in reading, speaking and writing for
ESL students. Assistance with writing is also available at the Mason Writing Center.
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