Syllabus 1

Course Welcome and Description:

Welcome to ENC 1101, Writing and Rhetoric, FIU’s first-year writing course. This class, aims to help you better apply rhetorical strategies to your written communications, which you will be able to apply throughout your college and professional career. Whether you plan to be a nurse, engineer, lawyer, surgeon, or anything in between, writing will play a part in your job. Studies have shown that the more effectively you can write, the more successful you will be in your academic and professional careers. If you are nervous about the writing required of you in this class that is okay. This course will provide you with the skills you need to help you through the writing process—from start to finish—and better prepare you for your future writing endeavors, both in and out of class.

In this class you will learn how to effectively initiate prewriting techniques, establish your purpose for writing and who you are writing to, as well as, learn to successfully formulate and articulate your ideas through various writing genres. Effective writing requires careful and critical thinking, and, therefore, we will focus much on the revision process through analysis of your work and reflections on it.

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course, you should be able to:
● Write successfully with varying purposes that are appropriate for a
chosen audience and assignment;
● Develop ideas through a steadily improving process of writing, revising,
and editing;
● Understand differences between closed form and open form writing and
display knowledge through structure and stylistic approaches;
● Recognize the rhetorical strategies for addressing the needs of various
● Create an effective thesis, which you are able to support with reasons
and evidence;
● Employ effective persuasive appeals;
● Exhibit appropriate syntax, punctuation, and spelling;
● Generate research questions, which promote meaningful inquiry into the
chosen topic;
● Locate primary and secondary resources and successfully incorporate
resources into your text using MLA or similar style manual;
● Develop a rhetorical vocabulary for talking about writing.

Texts and Supporting Materials:

Ramage, John, John Bean, and June Johnson. The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing: Customized for Florida International University. 4th Ed. New York: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2010.
Companion Website:
Lunsford, Andrea. The Everyday Writer. Florida International University Edition/4th Ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s Custom Publishing, 2009.
Companion Website:

Daily access to a computer with online capability
Ability to print materials to bring to class

Technological Elements:

You will be required to use a computer in this class. Therefore, basic computer skills are necessary. Please speak to me if you have any doubts about your ability to successfully adhere to the technological aspects of the class.

We will use Moodle for online work. To log into Moodle:
● Go to
● Click the Login button
● User ID and password
○ User ID = Your My Accounts user ID
○ Password = Your My Accounts password
● For login help, call 305-348-2284.
● If you need to look up your My Accounts user ID or reset your My Accounts password, go to and follow the instructions.

We will also use for peer editing, grading, and plagiarism checking, but any assignments using turnitin will still be submitted through Moodle.

Title V Emphasis in the Course:

FIU recently received funding to strengthen the university’s capacity to improve the academic success of students whose first language is not English, and this class has been designated as a pilot site for this work. In general, this course is just like any other ENC1101, with some added emphasis on multicultural contexts, audiences, and the choices we make as we write and read in college.

You will be asked to respond to this emphasis in occasional anonymous surveys that you will complete throughout in the course. You will receive credit for these surveys as homework by giving your instructor a “survey completed code” to verify your participation.

We believe that these changes will help you to think more broadly about the languages and cultures in the South Florida Community. They will also bring an international flavor, to much of what we do in the course and will support the campus global initiative.

Other FIU units involved in the Title V project are: The Math Department, Center for Academic Success, Center for Excellence in Writing, Academic Advising, and Center for Advancement of Teaching.

The university considers plagiarism “The deliberate use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own.” It is your responsibility as a student of writing to understand plagiarism and its consequences. You are expected to read FIU’s policies on plagiarism found at and to take the quiz found at You should print the conclusion page of your plagiarism quiz and turn it in along with a signed copy of the Code of Academic Integrity found at the end of this syllabus no later than Class 3.

Because your presence is necessary for successful classroom discussion and your homework assignments frequently are connected to in-class assignments, attendance is compulsory and will, therefore, be a significant part of your grade. You must attend 80% of class meetings in order to pass this class (five classes total for the course). Four tardies equal one absence. Arrivals after the first 25 minutes of class will be considered an absence.

Late Work:
Homework and classwork will not be accepted after the due date. Your homework will account for 20% of your total grade. Therefore, it is essential you turn in all of your work on time. I will drop your lowest assignment grade at the end of the semester.

All homework must be posted to Moodle by the due date. If you cannot post your homework for any reason, you must turn in a hard copy at the beginning of class, on the day when the assignment is due.

Final drafts of papers will be reduced by half a letter grade for every day they are late. For example, if you turn in a paper that gets a score of 90, but you turn it in three days late, you will receive a grade of 75. Revisions of late papers retain the late policy. Thus, a paper turned in three days late cannot receive a grade higher than 85 after it has been revised for a higher grade.

Unless otherwise specified, all assignments must follow MLA formatting and citation guidelines. Refer to The Everyday Writer for detailed MLA guidelines. According to MLA guidelines, all work should be typed, double spaced, with a font no larger than 12 point Times New Roman.

If at any point in the semester you have any questions or concerns about your grade or your standing in class, please come see me. Addressing your questions and concerns is part of my job. I will always listen to you and consider your arguments before making a decision. However, you may also contact Dr. Kimberly Harrison (, Director of FIU’s Writing and Rhetoric Program, Associate Director Robert Saba ( at MMC, Associate Director Michael Creeden ( at MMC, or Associate Director Cindy Chinelly ( at BBC.

Disability Resource Center (DRC):
The following information is taken from the DRC website found at

In the postsecondary educational environment, students with a disability are required to self-identify, and complete a thorough intake process. The university is then legally obligated to provide services and academic accommodation to qualified students.

The DRC strongly encourages students to make the determination of accommodation request at the beginning of the semester.

To register, contact the DRC to schedule an intake appointment. Appointments are offered at both the MMC or BBC locations.

MMC: 305-348-3532, GC 190||BBC: 305-919-5345

Course Structure:

Grading breakdown:

Major Writing Projects (70% of final grade)
Literacy Narrative, 3-4 pages 15%
Informative Essay, 4-5 pages 20%
Classical Argument, 4-6 pages 25%
Timed Essay, variable length 10%

Other Grades:
Homework 20%
Class Participation 10%

Major Writing Projects:
For each of the first three major writing projects you will receive a detailed assignment sheet, which lays out for you all necessary requirements of the process. For each of these assignments, we will spend several weeks’ prewriting, drafting, peer revising, revising, and editing, so that you may present your very best work at the end of the project. At the end of each of the first three units, you will upload the final draft of your paper, all process work (prewriting exercises, earlier drafts, and peer recommendations) to Moodle, and a short reflection on your writing process for the unit.

For the final major writing project, you will engage in an in-class, timed writing exercise in which you will write a reflective narrative detailing your learning process over the course of the semester.

Homework will be due before class each week. These homework assignments are a necessary part of the learning process, as they are directly connected to the work we do in class and your writing process for each unit.

Each student is expected to come to class and participate in classroom discussion and group activities. It is necessary for you to come to class prepared for discussion of writing; therefore, you are expected to have read all assigned texts before entering class in order to be familiar with the rhetorical vocabulary we will be using in discussion. Reading the texts will strengthen your writing, as they are related directly to the drafting process. If you do not understand something in the text, class is the ideal time to bring it up so that we may discuss any confusion together as a class. If you do not understand something, it is likely you are not alone. In addition to required pre-class readings, you are required to participate in class discussion. You will earn points based on your level of contribution to classroom discussions.

This is a college course. You are expected to attend all classes and be on time. There is no excused/unexcused policy. All absences count equally.

A 94-100% C 74-76%
A- 90-93% C- 70-73%
B+ 87-89% D+ 67-69%
B 84-86% D 64-66%
B- 80-83% D- 60-63%
C+ 77-79% F less than 60%

*You cannot fail to turn in one of the major writing projects and still pass the class. It is essential that all major writing projects are turned in complete and on time.
*A grade of “C” or higher is necessary to pass this class.


I [print your name] ______________________________________________ have read and understood the terms of this syllabus and agree to follow the policies and rules established herein.

In addition, I hereby pledge to follow FIU’s Code of Academic Integrity as outlined below:


This Code of Academic Integrity was adopted by the Student Government Association on November 28, 2001, and reflects the values articulated in the Student Code of Standards. Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas, and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly to demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of Florida International University.


As a student of this university:

I will be honest in my academic endeavors.
I will not represent someone else’s work as my own.
I will not cheat, nor will I aid in another’s cheating.

All students are deemed by the University to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Handbook.

_________________________________________________________ __________________________________
Student Signature Date


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