Composition Skill

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2014
Bea Wood Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Class Meets on Tuesday & Thursday


Section 205 - 8:00 - 9:20 a.m.

Section 206 - 2:00 - 3:20  p.m.

Betty Carroll (view Profile)


The Little Brown Workbook 2nd Edition
custom for MSU by Donna Gorrell

Course Objectives



* Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details.

* Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision.

* Demonstrate critical and creative thinking about a timely issue or debatable topic.

* Demonstrate critical and creative thinking about a timely issue or debatable topic.

* Demonstrate proficient use of (SWE) Standard Written English.



Course Expectations

Assignments                                                                                             % of Grade

10 quizzes, homework, attendance & participation                              20

4 Writing Assignments with revisions                                                    40

Final Grammar Test                                                                                   20

Mid-Term/Final Essay Exam                                                                    20


Grading scale can be found in MWSU's 2012-2014 catalog.

Grading Standards

Papers are graded A-F.  See MWSU's catalog or my syllabus for further explanation.

Final Exam

05/08/2014 8-10 a.m. for 8:00 class/ 1-3 p.m. for 2:00 class

Submission Format Policy

Each writing assignment includes prewriting or brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and revising.  Follow MLA formatrting, including these conventions:

* Use double-spacing and a Times Roman size 12 font

* include in the upper left-hand corner your name, course and section number, date, and both the name and version of the assignment (draft revision)

* for additional pages, include your last name and page number in the upper right-hand corner


* Rough drafts must also be turned in with revisons.  No drafts - no grade!

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late papers are not accepted unless you have prior arrangements with me.  Several in-class writings and weekly quizzes are required to complete this course.  If you miss one of these sessions, you cannot make up quizzes or in-class work.  If you miss a test, contact me before the following class to arrange to make up the work.  Verifiable emergencies are a different matter, of course. 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is required and includes arriving on time, being prepared with the day's assignments in class discussions.  Excessive absences (More than 3) will fail you.  4 absences: failing.


If you have more than 4 absences (the equivalent of 2 weeks of class), excused or not, you will fail the class.  Please don't feel you have to explain or justify any absences to me; I respect your privacy, but you must accept the consequences.  DO NOT come to class unprepared even if following an absence!  If you come to class unprepared, I will dismis you, and you will be counted absent.  Tardies count as well - for every two = 1 absence.  It is YOUR responsibilty, however, to seek me out to get your work. I will not come to you or remind you.


NOTE:  MSU policy states that "any student with credit for more than 90 semester hours who enrolls in and subsequently withdraws from or is withdrawn from ENGL 2113 will not be allowed to enroll in any course except ENGL 2113 until the Writing Proficiency Requirement is met. 

Other Policies

All cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced and put away during class.  Using them in class is prohibited and you will be asked to leave if you use them.  If using them during a test, etc., your paper/test/etc. will be taken up and a zero applied.  Disruptive behavior, which prevents me from teaching and your peers from learning, is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent. 


Course syllabus and class schedule will provide more detailed information. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at