University of New England
ENG 110-O2: English Composition – Summer Session II 2020
Dr. Eric Drown –
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Course Description

This course introduces students to writing as a conscious and developmental activity. Students learn to read, think, and write in response to a variety of texts, to integrate their ideas with those of others, and to treat writing as a recursive process. Through this work with texts, students are exposed to a range of reading and writing techniques they can employ in other courses. Students work individually and collaboratively, participate in peer review, and learn to take more responsibility for their writing development. Placement into this course is determined by multiple measures, including high school achievement and SAT scores. 4.000 Credit hours

Workload in a 6-Week Accelerated Course

Students who pass ENG 110 in 6-week online setting must achieve the same learning outcomes as students in the 15-week face-to-face version of the course. That means that this will be a fast-paced course. You should expect to dedicate 16-20 hours a week to the work in this course.

While this is a fully online class, it is not self-paced. There will be reading and writing assignments due each week on specific days of the week. Generally, I have scheduled most assignments to be due between Monday and Thursday.

It will be important to keep up with the work and ask questions promptly when you get confused.

Research has established that students learn best when they have the opportunity to work together, discuss ideas, and give and receive feedback from one another. Since our class is fully online and does not have a designated meeting time, our discussions will take place in written form.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete English 110 should

  • Demonstrate the ability to approach writing as a recursive process that requires substantial revision of drafts for content, organization, and clarity (global revision), as well as editing and proofreading (local revision). | Rubric
  • Be able to integrate their ideas with those of others using summary, paraphrase, quotation, analysis, and synthesis of relevant sources. | Rubric
  • Employ techniques of active reading, critical reading, and informal reading response for inquiry, learning, and thinking. | Rubric
  • Be able to critique their own and others’ work by emphasizing global revision early in the writing process and local revision later in the process. |Rubric
  • Document their work using appropriate conventions (MLA). | Rubric
  • Control sentence-level error (grammar, punctuation, spelling). | Rubric

Important Due Dates

Paper 1 – Beta version due July 10 | Revised version due July 15
Paper 2 – Beta version due July 22 | Revised version due July 24
Paper 3 – Beta version due Aug. 4 | Revised version due Aug. 8
Midterm exam – Due between July 25-28
Final exam – Due no later than August 9

Required Textbook

They Say/I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, 3rd or 4th edition without readings.

Other readings will be need to be printed from links provided in the Course Schedule.

Course Schedule

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The course schedule contains all homework and paper assignments. You will need to read and understand all of the information on the course schedule on a daily basis in order to be successful in this accelerated version of ENG 110-O1.


Grades are earned on each learning outcome, on each major paper, on a midterm exam, and on a final exam. They are distributed as follows:

  1. Learning outcomes: 50% apportioned as follows:
    • Writing Process – 10% | Rubric
    • Integrating Ideas – 10% | Rubric
    • Active Reading – 10% | Rubric
    • Critique Own Work and Others’ – 10% | Rubric
    • Academic Conventions (MLA) – 5% | Rubric
    • Sentence-level Control – 5% | Rubric
  2. Three papers at 9% each for a total of 27%
  3. Midterm exam – 10%
  4. Final exam – 13%

Final Grade Range

A = 93-100
A- = 90-92
B+ = 87-89
B = 83-86
B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79
C = 73-76
C- = 70-72
D = 60-69
F = <60
I = Nearly all work completed; fewer than 2 absences
WP = Withdrawal while passing after first two-thirds of the term
WF = Withdrawal while failing after first two-thirds of the term
W = Withdrawal within first two-thirds of the term


Just as courses in chemistry, psychology, or history require students to acquire and use specific content knowledge in their course work, this composition course requires you to acquire and use knowledge about reading and writing.

You will take a midterm and final exam on the essential knowledge about reading and writing that you acquire in this course. Much of this knowledge can be found in the course textbook, They Say/I Say, but some of it will be found in brief articles I write or post for you on the course website.

Testable concepts will be written in red letters on this website. I highly recommend that you keep a master list of course concepts. Whenever you come across a term written in red letters (like pre-reading) make an entry on your master list of course concepts, learn what it means, apply it to your reading and writing and work to develop fluency with it.

Academic Integrity (including Plagiarism)

English Composition is an important introduction to college-level reading and writing. As an emerging college-level writer, you will develop your ability to read responsibly and critically, to work with texts appropriately, and to write in ways that are valued and respected within the community. We will conduct ourselves with integrity by doing our own work, by acting as responsible peers in (and out of) class, and by working with sources in ways appropriate to the academic community. It is understood that we are learning to work within the norms of our community, and so we will work on these matters.

UNE’s Policy on Academic Integrity (Source: UNE Student Handbook)

The University of New England values academic integrity in all aspects of the educational experience. Academic dishonesty in any form undermines this standard and devalues the original contributions of others. It is the responsibility of all members of the university community to actively uphold the integrity of the academy; failure to act, for any reason, is not acceptable.

Charges of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the dean of the appropriate College and, if upheld, will result at minimum in a failing grade on the assignment and a maximum of dismissal from the University of New England. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Cheating, copying, or the offering or receiving of unauthorized assistance or information.
  • Fabrication or falsification of data, results, or sources for papers or reports.
  • Actions that destroy or alter the work of another student.
  • Multiple submissions of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without permission of each instructor.
  • Plagiarism: the appropriation of records, research, materials, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one’s own.

College of Arts & Sciences Academic Integrity Policy (Source: CAS Dean’s Office)

Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and dealt with according to UNE policy.  Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on the associated assignment and can include up to expulsion from school. As specified per UNE policies, academic dishonesty is:

  1. Cheating, copying, or the offering or receiving of unauthorized assistance or information including but not limited to
    • use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations;
    • dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the faculty in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments, including but not limited to calculators, handheld computers, smart phones, or any other electronic devices; or
    • the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic materials belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff.
  2. Fabrication or falsification of data, results, or sources for papers, reports, or examinations, either oral or written.
  3. Actions that destroy or alter the work of another student.
  4. Multiple submissions of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without permission of each instructor.
  5. Plagiarism: the appropriation of records, research, materials, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one’s own including but not limited to:
    • the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment; or
    • the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person, company, online purveyor, or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or any other academic materials.

Relevant Web Links

In our class, the policy applies equally to our homework and formal papers.

Student Academic Success Center

Tutoring, writing support and learning strategies consultations are available, free of charge, in the Student Academic Success Center. Students are encouraged to use these services early and often to promote academic success. More information about the SASC is available at or by calling the Center at 207-602-2443.

Accessibility and Documented Disabilities

The University of New England is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body and will make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Any student eligible for and needing academic adjustments or accommodations because of a disability is requested to speak with the professor at the beginning of the semester. Registration with the Student Access Center is required before accommodation requests can be granted. Visit access-center for more information.

Midterm Academic Progress Reports

The University of New England is committed to the academic success of its students. At the midterm of each semester, instructors will report the performance of each student as SATISFACTORY (S) or UNSATISFACTORY (U). Instructors will announce when these midterm academic progress reports will be available for viewing via U-Online. This early alert system gives all students important information about progress in their courses. Students who receive an UNSATISFACTORY midterm report should take immediate action by speaking with their instructor to discuss suggestions for improvement such as utilizing the services of academic advising, the Student Academic Success Center, Counseling Services, and Residential Education.