EAC149 - English and Communications

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Subject Title
English and Communications

Subject Description
EAC149 is a non-credit developmental course in reading, writing, and oral expression that prepares students for EAC150. In this course, you will expand your vocabulary, and learn to write more clearly and persuasively through analyzing non-fiction, fiction, and other media; writing paragraphs and short essays; and participating in class discussions.

PREREQUISITES: You have been placed in this course based on your performance on the English Skills Assessment, or successful completion of EAP300 or EAC139

Credit Status
This course cannot be used as a credit in a post-secondary program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of EAC 149, you will be able to:

1. Produce an essay of approximately 500 words with clear intent, supporting material that is appropriately developed and organized, and a recognizable conclusion
2. Identify and discuss the key elements of successful paragraphs and essays
3. Paraphrase and summarize content from a variety of sources
1. Develop the ability to critically analyse text by

• identifying and paraphrasing the main idea and supporting details 
• recognizing the organizational pattern/s (rhetorical style/s)
• determining author bias and assumptions
• making inferences, predictions and conclusions
2.  Develop vocabulary through reading and writing
Grammar & Editing
1. Write more effective sentences by
•  improving sentence coordination and subordination
•  eliminating fragments and run-on sentences
2. Use the grammar, punctuation and spelling of standard English
Information literacy
Demonstrate knowledge of basic information literacy, including
•  assessing, integrating and documenting sources using MLA style
•  avoiding plagiarism
Oral proficiency
Demonstrate understanding through oral responses & present ideas coherently to a group.
Topic Outline
You will be given classroom instruction and exercises in the following areas:
  1. Readings from prescribed texts
  2. Writing (paragraphs and essays)
  3. Grammar / Mechanics
  4. Introduction to MLA Documentation
You will receive a schedule of activities and assignments in an addendum from your professor.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Placement via the EWP/ELL assessment (formerly EAP100) or successful completion of EAC139.

Topic Outline
Students will be given classroom instruction and exercises in the following areas:

  1. Readings from prescribed texts
  2. Writing (Paragraphs and Essays)
  3. MLA Documentation
  4. Mechanics

Mode of Instruction
There are two modes of delivery for this course:

1. In-class: Students attend classes on campus each week. All instruction is delivered in a face to face environment.

2. Online: All class work is completed in a fully online environment. Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre.

Students interested in pursuing Online courses must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access.

Teaching and Learning Methods:
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or web-based instruction. The mode of delivery will dictate the most appropriate teaching methods available to an instructor.

Prescribed Texts
Required Texts (Classroom Only):
Lipschutz, Gary,John Roberts, John Scarry, and Sandra Scarry. Canadian Writer's Workplace* (current edition). Thomson Nelson

*Print or etext

Required Texts (Online Only):
Instructors will provide a resource of readings made available online.

Reference Material
Maimon, Elaine, et al., A Writer's Resource: A Handbook for Writing and Research. McGraw- Hill Ryerson
Students should possess an appropriate college-level dictionary and thesaurus.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style):

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Students must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 60% or higher in order to receive a passing grade in this course. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Term Work:
The term work will constitute 75% of the final grade (for online sections, it will constitute 70% of the final grade). The professor's class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities as well as the assignments, their due dates, and their value. All assignments must be correctly documented using MLA criteria – in-text citations for quotes and paraphrasing; MLA Works Cited page – and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise notified.

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded. Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Final Examination:
The final examination will constitute 25% of the final grade (for online sections, it will constitute 30% of the final grade). To pass the exam, students must demonstrate the ability to read and comprehend prose and to respond with coherent, relatively error-free essays and short answers which communicate effectively.

Grading Scheme:

In-Class Sections Online Sections
Content Quizzes 15% Online Discussions 20%
Written Assignments 60% Written Assignments 50%
Final Exam 25% Final Examination 30%

All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams, and accommodations.

Grading Policy for EAC149:

  • EXC: A grade of EXC will be issued upon achievement of 85% in the course.
  • SAT: A grade of SAT will be issued upon achievement of 60% in the course.
  • UNSAT: A grade of UNSAT will be issued if students do not achieve a grade of 60%.

Student Success:

Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood