Department of English
EN 101—Techniques of Reading and Writing
Name: Dr. Katherine J. Robinson
Phone Number: Unknown
Office Location: GB130
Rules for Writers and The Brief Bedford Reader (10th ed)
Other readings will be in the form of handouts, online readings, and library reserves
The principal text in the course will be your own writing
One memory stick for saving your work, a manila folder, and a spiral notebook (single subject)
General Course Information
emphasizes the processes of critical thinking, reading, and writing.
from writing about personal experiences to writing for an outside,
audience. Students write for different audiences and purposes using a
variety of rhetorical strategies. Students will write in response to
readings and will be introduced to appropriate documentation
Outcomes In order to
pass EN 101, you
must gain competence in the following areas:
Evaluation of major writing assignments
All students in EN101 and EN101A will submit a final portfolio. As one of the requirements for passing the course, you are required to submit a portfolio that contains at least three essays, one of which must be a reflective writing piece and one of which must contain documentation. The portfolio will be assessed according to the portfolio rubric and the course objectives. The classroom instructor will provide further information and details regarding assembling and submitting the portfolio.
All drafts and revisions are due on the assigned day. You responsible for missed work. You are expected to contact classmates for missed notes and assignments. Any make-up work must be discussed with the instructor. Regardless of reason, there are no make-up tests or quizzes in this class. However, at the end of the semester, I will drop your three lowest test scores (excluding the midterm and final grammar test scores). Late papers will have 10 points deducted from the grade. Additionally, late papers will only be accepted on the class period following the scheduled due date.
You may choose to audit a class at the time of your initial registration, or you may change to audit at any point prior to completion of 20% of the class. Faculty permission is not required to register for audit. However, permission is required to change to audit after classes begin.
Attendance [and Withdrawal from Class]
You are expected to attend all class sessions. The instructor may fail or drop students who are absent more than the equivalent of one week of class. If you miss a class, you are responsible for any work assigned or completed during your absence. Students should not expect the instructor to take time from the regularly scheduled class to tell you about work you’ve missed. I am available to meet with you during my office hours or by appointment. I have included a Contacts space below for you to gather the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of your fellow students. Withdrawal from Class: The last day to withdraw from this class is 11 Feb.
Regarding academic honesty, the Montgomery College Student Handbook states the following information:
“Students who engage in any act [judged] by the classroom instructor to constitute academic dishonesty or misconduct are subject to any and all sanctions deemed appropriate by the classroom instructor, [including] grade sanctions for violations of academic ethics.” <>
Student Code of Conduct
Regarding classroom behavior, the Montgomery College Student Handbook states the following information: “If a student behaves disruptively in the classroom after the instructor has explained the unacceptability of such conduct and the consequences that will result, the student may be asked to leave the room for the remainder of the class time. If the student does not leave, the faculty member [will] request the assistance of Security. “The faculty member and the student are expected to meet to resolve the issue before the next class session. If, after a review of the situation and a restatement of the expected behaviors, the student refuses to comply with the stated standards of conduct required, then the faculty member should refer the issue in writing to the dean of student development (301-353-1993) for action under the Student Code of Conduct.”
Additional Codes of Conduct
The following behaviors disrupt the classroom learning community and may incur disciplinary consequences:
Arriving late to class two times
Leaving class early two times
Taking unscheduled breaks during class two times
Earning a zero during class participation
Any disruption of the positive learning environment
Any disrespectful or impolite behavior
Any use of profanity or offensive language
Any cell phone or pager activity
Any disruptive talking
Any use of electronic entertainment devices
I reserve the roght to amend this list at any time throughout the semester. You will be notified of any changes.
See SOS Handout
A student who may need an accommodation due to a
disability should make an appointment to see me during
my office hours. A letter from Disability Support Services (DSS)
authorizing your accommodation will be needed. You may contact Harry Zarin,
Counselor, for more information on receiving accommodation
or call (301) 353-7767.
Cancellation of Classes
Regarding emergency closing of the College, the Montgomery College Catalog states the following information: “If inclement weather forces the College or any campus or College facility to suspend classes or close, public service announcements will be provided to local radio and television stations as early as possible. [Students] can also find out the opening status by calling the College’s main information line at 301-279-5000 or by visiting our web site at www.mongtomerycollege.edu.”