ENGL-101 - English Composition - Mary Powell
Welcome to English 101! My name is Mary Powell, and I will be the instructor for this English composition class. I have been teaching English at COC since 2005 and am excited to help you meet your educational and career goals.
The main goal of this course is for you to practice critical reading and writing skills that will assist in the rest of your college career and in your chosen career path.
This course builds critical reading and expository writing skills through the analysis and evaluation of college-level, non-fiction readings and the composition of well-organized, full-length essays containing properly documented evidence.
What to Expect in this Course
As this is an online class, we will be using technology extensively. Be prepared to check your email regularly, submit typed assignments, access materials online frequently, access PDF files, and navigate Canvas. In case of technology failures, have a Plan B. College of the Canyons provides computer access at The Learning Center and the ASG Computer Lab.
In addition, attendance is essential to your success. Attendance in an online environment is based on participation in the weeks discussion boards and completion of online assignments. Students who do not log in and complete the discussion board by 11:59 p.m. on the first day of class will be dropped from the course as No Shows. Students who miss six or more online assignments prior to the drop or withdrawal dates will be dropped for excessive absences.
GROWTH MINDSET: With practice, everyone can improve his or her writing, reading, and learning processes. Quality writing is not the result of innate talent but of hours of focused practice and hard work. If you practice and work hard and consistently, your writing and reading skills WILL improve.
TEAMWORK: Teamwork is essential to improvement. To improve your reading and writing, utilize the help and guidance that classmates, instructors, and other resources (tutors, counselors, etc.) provide. Make sure you are an asset to your team, both your class as well as the small groups to which you will be assigned during the semester. Do not hesitate to ask for help from your teammates (instructor, classmates, etc.). Any difficult task, including writing, requires hard work, dedication, and a willingness to learn from others. Teams work best when we respect everyone on our team even when we disagree.
Types of Assessments
Essays (including prewriting, outlines, drafts, peer review), quizzes, journals, discussion posts, online presentation project, timed writing
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
The only textbook for this class is a non-fiction technology reading group text that you will purchase after you sign up for a group. I am giving the info for all 4 books (see below), but you will only be required to purchase one. If you want to select ONE of the books before the semester, you must email the instructor to make a special request. All other reading materials (articles and handouts) will be provided on Canvas.
Remember, that you will be purchasing and reading only ONE of the 4 technology books. If you would like to purchase it before the semester, email the instructor with your request. We start the book in Week 4, so make sure that your book will be delivered before then. Ebooks are completely fine.
Here is the info for the books:
- Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle (ISBN-13: 978-0465031467)
- Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson (ISBN-13: 978-0143125822)
- The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us by Nicholas Carr (ISBN-13: 978-0393351637)
- It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd (ISBN-13: 978-0300199000)
Remember, I am giving the info for all 4 books, but you will only be required to purchase one. If you want to select ONE of the books before the semester, you must email the instructor to make a special request.
Other Relevant Course Information
I usually open up my Canvas courses a week early so that students can get started early if they like. I can’t guarantee this will always happen, but there is a high probability.
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
- CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.
The Learning Center (TLC)
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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)
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Management of Stress and Mental Health
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Veterans Resource Center
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The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!
Last updated: 02/08/2022 Sub#: 1271