Syllabus V

ENC 1101- Writing and Rhetoric I

Office Hours: MW 10 a.m-Noon and by appt.
Office: AC1-351

Course Introduction
Welcome to ENC 1101 Writing and Rhetoric! Throughout and beyond your college career, you will be asked to analyze, investigate, and argue your position within a variety of discourse communities. ENC 1101, the first course in FIU’s writing sequence, will help prepare you for the task ahead. Here you will be introduced to writing, reading, and critical thinking skills required for communicating with various American academic audiences, as well as contexts outside of the university including the workplace.

Course Materials
Ramage, John, John Bean and June Johnson. The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing: Customized for Florida International University. 3rd ed. New York: Pearson, 2009. Print.

Lunsford, Andrea A. The Everyday Writer: Florida International University Edition. 4th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Composition notebook

Highlighters, 5 pack

Reading & Participation
We assume that you, as college students, will complete the assigned readings given to you before each class. Coming to class having read the assigned material will allow you to participate in class discussion and group work, failure to do so will result in a loss of points toward your participation grade. The readings are directly connected to the free writing and drafting process of the writing projects. This means that your writing will be strengthened by critically thinking about the rhetoric and ideas discussed in the text.

This class will have a Moodle page, where you will be able to directly access This means that all three of your major assignments (including 1st and 2nd drafts) will be uploaded to Through, you will be able to check the Originality Report before the final draft of any major writing project is due. That way, you’ll have time to fix any improper citations and reconsider how you integrated your sources. Please keep in mind that the work you submit to will remain in its database.

Academic Integrity/Plagiarism
Plagiarism, (representing another’s work, ideas, expressions, or materials as your own), is a serious offense punishable by possible expulsion from the university. It is your responsibility to review FIU’s plagiarism policy and to make yourself aware of the disciplinary sanctions resulting from academic misconduct. As your acknowledgment of understanding, please tear out the plagiarism agreement in the Everyday Writer, sign it, and return it to us by the second week of class.

Journals must be brought to class everyday. The purpose of the journals is to have a place to do reflective writing and brainstorming. Ideas can be invented, expanded, critiqued and reflected on. Journals will be graded for completeness.

Research Log Journal (for the classical argument only)
This journal will be separate from your daily journal and will only be used to log your research for the classical argument unit. Every source you decide to use in your classical argument essay must be logged in this journal. It will be collected and graded at the end of the unit.

Writing Projects
There are three major writing projects for this class (Literacy Narrative, Informative, and Argumentative). Each paper will go through drafting, revision (peer reviews and draft conferences) and editing. Each draft will be uploaded to You will be allowed to revise one paper for a higher grade, provided the original paper is turned in on time.

Late Work
Late homework will not be accepted. All drafts of the three major papers have deadlines. The letter grade will be reduced ½ a grade for every calendar day the essay is late. For example, if you have an A paper and turn it in one day late, it will be reduced to a B+. If you turn the assignment in on the due date, but after the deadline, it is still considered a day late. No e-mailed assignments are accepted.

Your timely attendance is crucial since classes are only 50 minutes long and each student contributes to class learning. Students will lose class participation points for each tardy. You must attend at least 80% of classes. This means, missing more than 8 classes will result in an “F” grade for the class.

GRADING: You must receive a “C” grade or higher to pass ENC 1101

Portfolio 60%
Essay 1- Literacy Narrative 15%
Essay 2- Informative Essay 20%
Essay 3- Argumentative Essay 25%
Timed Writing 15%
Participation/ Homework 25%

Concerns & Resolutions
Please contact any or all of us directly with any questions or concerns about your grade or standing in the class. Addressing these concerns is part of our job. If at any point you need even further assistance, you can contact Writing Program Director, Dr. Kimberly Harrison at or see either of the Associate Directors, Mike Creeden or Robert Saba. The English department offices are located on the 4th floor of Deuxieme Maison at MMC and on the 3rd floor of AC 1 at BBC.


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