EAC150 - College English

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Subject Title
College English

Subject Description
College English is an introductory college writing and reading course fundamental to successful college studies. Through a variety of assignments and classroom activities, students will strive to develop the rhetorical and analytical skills essential to their success as communicators in college and upon graduation. Fiction and non-fiction will be a central vehicle for teaching writing.

PRE-REQUISITES: EAC149, EAP500, ESL934, ELI Level 8 or placement based on a Seneca College English Skills Assessment

Credit Status
EAC150 is a compulsory credit course for students in all Seneca College post-secondary programs. It is a pre-requisite for the English literature elective, and for required business and technical writing courses at Seneca. EAC152 and EAC190 are equivalent to EAC150.

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

1. Read fiction and non-fiction critically, identifying the major theme(s) and/or arguments, and understanding the major points through textual analysis.

2. a) Construct an argument based on a critical analysis of the text.
    b) Develop that argument in essay format by:

-limiting the topic
-formulating a clear thesis
-developing well-constructed paragraphs
-integrating textual support through quotation, paraphrase,and summary
-editing for unity, coherence, organization, and thoroughness

3. Find, assess, integrate, and document primary and/or secondary sources into their own writing according to current MLA guidelines.

4. Produce effective research writing through the completion of a research project.

5. Use correct English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence mechanics in all writing assignments.

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

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

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

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

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 ESL934, or successful completion of EAC149.

Topic Outline
Students will develop and demonstrate their competence in written expression, reading, research skills, and oral expression by:

  1. reading, analyzing, and responding coherently to assigned texts in a variety of genres
  2. applying critical thinking skills in their analysis of discussion topics and readings
  3. using language that is clear, precise, and appropriate, identifying audience and purpose, generating ideas, gathering data, and selecting natural and logical methods of organization in their writing
  4. demonstrating expository essay writing skills using various modes of development including argumentation/persuasion, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect
  5. editing and proofreading all drafts of writing to produce coherent, meaningful, relatively error-free text using standard grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  6. practicing the research skills necessary to complete a college term paper. These include:
    • understanding the nature and purpose of research
    • demonstrating the ability to incorporate resources from a variety of media
    • evaluating the validity and reliability of potential resources
    • compiling a list of source material using standard MLA documentation format
    • accurately and appropriately integrating source material into written work

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 (In-Class)
Henderson, E. Becoming an Active Reader, Latest Edition. Oxford University Press

Required Text (Online Only):
Rubens, Melanie, ed. The Mercury Reader - Custom Publication. Pearson Custom

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

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. 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 for In-Class sections will constitute 75% of the final grade. The term work for Online sections will constitute 65% of the final grade. In all cases, the instructor’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 for In-Class  sections will constitute 25% of the final grade. The final examination for Online sections will constitute 35% of the final grade. In all cases, students will respond to the exam questions in essay form that satisfies the learning outcomes of EAC150: College English.

The final exam for Online sections must be written, in-person, at the Test Centre.

Grading Scheme:

In-Class Sections Online Sections
Summary 10% Online Discussions 20%
Written Assignments 45% Written Assignments 45%
Major Paper with outline 20%    
Final Exam 25% Final Exam 35%

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 and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Please access the course every week (or more) and keep up with assigned readings. Make sure you participate in online discussions and hand in any assigned work on time. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood