Syllabus / 151 English Composition ONLINE /

Fall 2013

Dr. John Holladay

English Composition 151--Monroe County Community College

Dr. John Holladay, Humanities Professor

English 151 Syllabus--Fall 2013

Three Credits

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Greetings Fellow Writers--and Future Writers:

Perhaps English 151 is a requirement for your college degree.  If your past experiences with writing courses have not been good ones, your attitude towards a writing course may be one of vague fears and uneasiness about the semester ahead.   Let me assure you, by the end of the semester you will find newly gained confidence and ease with writing--and you will probably enjoy the experience.

Your primary responsibility in this class is writing, frequently and vigorously.   You will be asked to write several times a week.  You will be writing on a computer for the whole writing process.  I, for one, found the shift from hand-written composition to composing at the keyboard difficult at first, but that did not last too long.  Stick with it, and, if this is now a problem, you will find the difficulty short-term and surmountable.

Each student in this class will write a sequence of projects. In this class you will also find yourself writing in discussion forums to communicate with others.   Your audience for this sequence of assignments will be this class, MCCC Writing Fellows, and, of course, you instructor.

You will be reviewing each other's papers throughout the semester.   You will present your paper to an assigned group of students, and they will respond, both in general and on specific aspects of writing. This will probably help you become a better reader and a more perceptive critic of your own and other writer's work.

I, of course, will respond to your work too, but my responses will not always be in the form of a letter grade.  I keep a record of all your work, and if you ever want to know how you're doing, call on the phone, send email, or come to my office and ask.  You may also check your grade in the Blackboard Gradebook (see under Tools).

Indeed, stop in during office hours any time. I will also send you your mid-term grade by email, and, for those who can attend, we will have a conference to discuss your progress. The main idea of the class is to make you your own best editor and critic so that you can leave English 151 knowing how to approach writing to the best of your ability.

I have been teaching 151 English Composition for forty-one years, and there are no guarantees, but based on past performance, I feel confident in predicting that if you attend all sessions, participate in all assignments, and complete all your individual and group work on time, you will almost certainly be writing well enough to receive a "C" for this class. If your writing improves and much work is evident, you will probably receive a "B," and if you are writing really well by the end of the semester, and  you have participated enthusiastically and completely in all activities, you will receive an "A."

ATTENDANCE: You must work online several times a week and show evidence of this in the online classroom.  You are allowed only two late assignments before late assignments begin to affect your grade.  

Be aware of the Collegeďż˝s policy on withdrawals as printed in the Student Handbook: If you drop any class before the end of the twelfth week, you will receive an automatic grade of W.  If you drop any class after the twelfth week, you will receive an E in the course. This is now the policy in all MCCC courses.


GRADING: Your grade will be based on the following proportions:
(Note: These numbers are projected totals and may change.)

60% / Formal Writing Projects -- Two Portfolios worth 30 % each

40% / Average of Quizzes, Exercises at the end of Lecture Notes, and Group Forum Writing Assignments


"A"=90 to 100 percent / "B"=80 to 89 percent / "C"=70 to 79 percent / "D"=60 to 69 percent / Below 60%=E

STUDENT CONDUCT: Appropriate student conduct as defined by the Monroe County Community College Student Conduct Code will be expected of students at all times.  See the MCCC Catalog.

LATE PAPERS: You will not receive credit for late papers/projects.  A paper not submitted by the time it is due is late.  You can avoid last-minute computer problems by NOT waiting until the last minute to submit assignments.  I will excuse two late assignments.  After that, all late assignments will receive a zero.

Plagiarism:  Any act of plagiarism will cause the student to fail the course.

Students with Disabilities

We will make appropriate accommodations based on a student's disability.  If you do have a disability but have not voluntarily disclosed the nature of your disability and do not have the support you need, you are invited to contact the coordinator of the Learning Assistance Lab, Dr. Cindy Riedel, at

I am looking forward to getting to know each of you through your writing and in our individual conferences. If you write honestly and enthusiastically about what you really know, you will find the course to be a stimulating, educational, and rewarding experience.


Please send comments or additions/corrections to:

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John Holladay, Ed.D., Humanities Professor
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Road

Monroe, Michigan 48161

Check your MCCC student email account.  On the first day of each semester, orientation materials will be sent to that account for anyone registered in the course.               

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