ENC 1101 Syllabus
Florida International University
ENC 1101: Writing and Rhetoric
By the end of the course, you will be able to produce documents that do the following:
● Generate relevant and timely writing topics that are appropriate for
their chosen audience and the assignment;
● Develop their ideas through an effective and recursive process of
writing, revision, and editing;
● Indicate their ability to write in various genres including peer
review, prewriting, narrative, thesis-driven essays, and researched
● Respond to various rhetorical purposes and address the needs of various
● Display genre-appropriate format, structure and stylistic choices,
understanding differences in open and closed form prose;
● Develop an effective thesis and support it with reasons and evidence;
● Exhibit appropriate syntax, punctuation, and spelling;
● Produce documents that incorporate primary and secondary resources
which are documented using MLA or similar style manual;
● Develop a rhetorical vocabulary for talking about writing.
Web-Assisted Course – MOODLE
This is a web-assisted course. Course materials are located in Moodle. Follow these directions to log in:
● Go to http://ecampus.fiu.edu
● 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 http://myaccounts.fiu.edu and follow the
We will also use turnitin.com for peer editing, grading, and plagiarism checking.
If at any point during the semester, you become confused about assignments, and how and when they should be done, please contact me immediately.
Frequently assigned writing, critical reading, discussion, peer review and workshops, lecture.
Texts and Supporting Materials
(Please have these in class no later than August 30. E-BOOK VERSIONS ARE OK IF YOU CAN GET THE FIU CUSTOM EDITIONS. )
● Lunsford, Andrea. The Everyday Writer. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
4th edition, 2009. Customized for Florida International University.
Companion Website: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/everydaywriter4e/default.asp#t_11472____
● Ramage, John, John Bean, and June Johnson. The Allyn & Bacon Guide to
Writing. New York: Pearson, 2010. Customized for Florida International
University. Fourth Edition.
Companion Website: http://www.pearsoncustom.com/fl/fiu_english/
Please review the Writing Program web page on plagiarism, and be aware of the disciplinary sanctions resulting from academic misconduct. As your acknowledgment of understanding, please copy the Code of Academic Integrity at the website below, sign it, and return to me by the end of the second week of classes. Link: http://casgroup.fiu.edu/english/pages.php?id=469
Because the work we do in class will be directly connected to work online (and vice versa), attendance is crucial, and will be a significant part of your participation grade. You must attend 80% of face-to-face meetings in order to pass this class. That means that you can only miss 5 classes and pass the course. Any extreme exceptions to this rule will be discussed on a case-by-case basis with the instructor.
You must receive a “C” grade or higher to pass ENC 1101. Grading weights are shown below.
● Writing Project 1—Literacy Narrative 15%
● Writing Project 2—Writing to Inform 20%
● Writing Project 3—Writing to Persuade 25%
● Timed Writing Project 10%
Participation/Homework Assignments 30%
You will be able to revise one graded writing project (Either the Literacy Narrative OR Writing to Inform) the revision shows significant improvement, you’ll receive a higher grade which will replace the original grade. Significant improvement means that you must rethink your paper. Only changing your work to correct grammar issues or layout is not enough, the revision needs to show that you have actually revised rather than just polished.
Late Writing Project Submissions
All assignments are due in Turnitin by the due date. SEE ASSIGNMENT CALENDAR IN MOODLE. The overall score will be reduced 5% for every day the writing project is late, and the reduced grade will carry over to revisions. For example, if you turn in an 90 point (A) paper a day late, it will be reduced to 85 points (B) the first day and 80 points the second day. Revisions to such a paper retain the late penalty and cannot earn a score greater than 100 points minus the demerit (i.e. 95 for one day late, 90 for two days late etc.). If you do not hand in all three major writing projects, you will fail the course.
Reading and Participation
I assume that college students will complete the assigned readings. Coming to class having read the material, will allow you to participate in class discussions and group work. The readings are directly connected to the prewriting and drafting process of the writing projects, so your writing will be strengthened by critically thinking about the rhetoric discussed in the text. If something you read is unclear, ask and we can discuss it in class. In addition, you will earn points for participation based on your contribution to discussion.
I teach writing as a process, and I will guide you through the writing of each essay by working with you every step of the way. If you do all the homework, there is a high likelihood that you will do well in the class. If you do not do the homework, you will not do well, and you may fail the course. Late homework is not accepted and missed class work cannot be made up. I will drop one homework/class work grade at the end of term when I average your grades.
Unless specified otherwise, all assignments must be typed, double spaced, with type no larger than Times New Roman 12. When assignments do not produce formal essays, the format requirements will appear on the assignment sheet.
If at any point in the semester you have any questions or concerns about your grade or your standing in the class, please come see me. Addressing your questions and concerns is part of my job. You may also contact Dr. Kimberly Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of FIU’s Writing and Rhetoric Program, Associate Director Robert Saba (email@example.com) at MMC, Associate Director Michael Creeden (firstname.lastname@example.org) at MMC, or Associate Director Cindy Chinelly (email@example.com) at BBC.
+/- grades will not be assessed except in borderline cases where attendance and on time work will be decisive.