National Park, AR · General Education · General Education Com Arts
Accelerated Learning Plan Writing
- 2 Credits
- 08/24/2020 to 10/22/2020
- Modified 08/23/2020
- 7:00-8:20PM MW
This course is a study of writing strategies for essays. Students will learn sentence combining through coordination, subordination, and parallel structure. Basic essay format and various methods of essay development are studied. Based on a student's placement scores, this course is taken in conjunction with Composition 1. Students must earn an 11.0 in Language on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to successfully complete the class
ACTS Equivalent: None
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score
Corequisites: ENG 1113 English Composition I. Withdrawal from either class results in withdrawal from both classes.
Next Course in Sequence: ENG 1123, English Composition II
General Education Purpose and Objectives
National Park College (NPC) is committed to its mission statement, "Learning is our focus, student success is our goal." NPC is dedicated to helping all students develop as communicators, critical thinkers, and professionals who behave ethically and recognize the diversity of the world around them. The General Education Objectives are designed to be an integral component of all courses at NPC.
General Education Objectives (GEO)
It is the expectation that upon successful completion of a certificate or degree program at National Park College, the student will be able to:
- Communicate effectively using oral, written, and electronic methods.
- Use critical and analytical thinking skills.
- Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and competencies.
- Exemplify professional demeanor, ethical behavior, and respect for diversity.
Course Level Objectives (CLO)
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Determine appropriate grammar and punctuation. (GEO 1, 3)
- Recognize the differences between fact and opinion and between general and specific information. (GEO 2, 3)
- Identify and define words to improve the academic vocabulary. (GEO 1)
- Compose writing assignments using proper presentation format. (GEO 1, 3)
- Develop college-level proficiency in language and writing skills. (GEO 1, 3, 4)
Required and Recommended Materials
Keys for Writers
- Author: Ann Raimes, Susan K. Miller-Cochran
- ISBN: 978-1-111-84175-1
To accommodate different learning styles, I will employ a variety of teaching methods in this course. Instructional methods may include video lecture, discussion, peer review/feedback, individual research, a final project, and self-assessments.
You will be given the opportunity to interact with one another in a variety of ways. These will include such methods as group activities, peer review/feedback, and other methods as appropriate. It is very important students take advantage of the interactive activities provided.
The self-assessment activities for this course will include a journal, where you will respond to one given prompt each week to show progress and connection to the course as it unfolds.
At the end of the course, the overall numerical grade will be converted from a numerical scale to the following letter grade scale as indicated in the Grading Scale.
Your grade this semester will come from a variety of activities as shown in the table at the right. A brief description of each is provided here:
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Self-assessment activities will take the form of a prompt journal that you will keep throughout the course.
In-Class exercises are an essential part of the course, since it helps to engage the material and promote learning. These exercises might involve working in groups to complete a worksheet exercise or working as a class to solve problems on the board. Attendance is necessary.
The homework for this course will mostly come from your only textbook for the course —Keys for Writers. These exercises will demonstrate your understanding of the material.
At the end of the course, the overall numerical grade will be converted from a numerical scale to the following letter grade as indicated in this grading scale:
Time and Effort Commitment
The key to success in this class is persistent effort. You should carefully consider your time obligations before committing to this course. The general suggestion for all College courses of 2 hours work per week outside class for every hour credited definitely applies to this course. (You should expect 6 hours of homework a week for a 3 hour course) plus the 3 hours you would normally be attending class for a total of 9 hours. The National Park College attendance policy may be found in the Student Handbook. The attendance policy was last updated on 07/18/2017.
When attending class virtually, enter the Zoom meeting at least five minutes before class so everyone can start together on time. All students will be muted at first entry, and only unmuted when needed for class discussion participation. All students should be dressed appropriately for class even when attending virtually.
Inclement Weather / COVID Shutdown / D2L Downtime
When NPC is out of class due to weather, our class will continue as set in the calendar. The only time this will be modified is in the case of an unplanned D2L downtime. If D2L goes down unannounced, any assignments that are due during that time will be reopened for one day. D2L down time that is announced by the NPC Online office will need to be observed by the learner and assignment submission modified by the learner if it interferes with a final due date/time for any assignment.
I am here to help you understand the material. I will closely monitor all online communications. My aim is to have a learning community where we can all share knowledge, ideas, and experiences – and thus learn from one another. I may give you information periodically through D2L Announcements or discussion. For your own benefit, please learn how to use these resources and monitor them closely to keep informed. You will be held responsible for all of the information I provide. Below is a guide for how you can get your questions answered
Use the email built into the LMS for private discussion between the two of us. We will use this instead of NPC webmail. This keeps all communication within the course and provides me with notification when you have posted something and vice- versa. You may also use the LMS instant messaging feature anytime you are online and have a question and see that I am online too.
I typically respond to messages within 24-48 hours, with 72 hours for feedback on graded work.
All written assignments should be completed using MLA format. This is a class of professionals so the assumption is you can spell and use proper grammar and punctuation. Formatting, grammar, punctuation and spelling are a component of all assessments in this course.
Board Policy 6.600 -- NPC Attendance Policy
Instructions to Students regarding attendance:
- Students are responsible to know and comply with syllabus attendance and coursework guidelines in each of their courses.
- Students are expected to meet all attendance requirements and engage in coursework as outlined in the course syllabus. Failure to maintain satisfactory course participation is the equivalent of excessive absenteeism and may result in the student being dropped. To maintain good-standing in online courses, students are expected to submit assigned coursework in a timely manner per instructor requirements.
- Students participating in athletics or a college-sponsored extracurricular activity are required to communicate scheduled absences ahead of time and to make arrangements with their instructors regarding missed coursework, including exams. The instructor determines how academic work associated with a college-sponsored absence(s) can be completed by the student.
- Failure to meet a course’s attendance policy does not mean a student will be automatically withdrawn from a course. Students seeking to withdraw from a course should do so either online through the student’s account or in person by visiting Student Affairs.
- Students who do not withdraw from a course by the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date will receive an earned grade.
- A faculty member may administratively withdraw a student from a course, including online courses, any time during the semester up to the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date if attendance does not meet syllabus guidelines.
- Students will not be administratively withdrawn by faculty after the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date except in life-changing circumstances or as a result of military orders.
- The withdrawal of a student from all courses may require the student to repay all or a portion of the financial aid received as calculated by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with government grant guidelines.
- Only in extraordinary circumstances may a student earn a grade of IP (In Progress) to defer course completion. Please see the Incomplete Grades policy in the Student Handbook located at www.np.edu.
The full attendance policy is available by clicking on this link to the Board Policy
Academic Honesty Policy
National Park College considers honesty and integrity as essential qualities of any learning institution. The faculty and staff strive to live up to these qualities in all aspects of their lives and encourage their students to do the same. Integrity and moral values will carry over in to their professional lives and careers. NPC’s goal is to successfully prepare all students for their futures and equip them to handle whatever challenges they may face; therefore, NPC considers academic dishonesty as unacceptable.
Any NPC students who display dishonesty in their behavior while attending classes at NPC will be subject to disciplinary action to help the student first and foremost, but to also protect the rights, dignity, and property of others while maintaining an environment that fosters success and learning.
Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy will not be tolerated on the campus. Violations may range from receiving an “F” on the assignment in question up to permanent removal from the College.
- Technology manipulation
- Misrepresentation and Lying
- Fabrication and Falsification
- Stealing, Defacing, and Destruction of Property
Please take time to read the entire policy, which can be found by clicking on this link to the Academic Honesty Policy.
Brightspace by Desire to Learn (D2L) is the official learning management system (LMS) for the College. All students are expected to complete the LMS Student Training prior to the first day of class during their first semester here. Below you will find various policies relating to the LMS.
Accessibility Statement: Links to the accessibility statements for all technologies required in the course are provided in LMS. You can find the various accessibility statements by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.
Netiquette Policy: The netiquette policy for this course is located in your course in the LMS. You can find the Netiquette policies by clicking on the Netiquette Link by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.
Flexibility Clause: The aforementioned requirements, assignments, policies, evaluation procedures, etc., are subject to change. Learners’ experiences and needs, as well as emerging knowledge, will be considered in modifying this course syllabus.
National Park College (NPC) believes in providing equal access and opportunity to qualified persons with disabilities in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990; and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. It is our goal to ensure equal and comprehensive access to College programs, services, and campus facilities. It is the policy of NPC that no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, and advantages or accommodations at the College. National Park College’s ADA statement may be accessed by clicking on this link to ADA statement.
The Disability Services office is located in Room 240 of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center Building. You are also welcome to call us at (501) 760-4227 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. Students with disabilities should visit our website using this link to disability services for more information.
Academic Success Center
The Academic Success Center provides tutoring and other resources to help students succeed. Visit our webpage at this link to the Academic Success Center.
Computer Services Department
The Computer Services Department provides computing resources for students including password resets. Visit our webpage at this link to the Computer Services Department.
The NPC Library provides a wide variety of services to students. Visit the NPC Library website.
Support for the LMS is available through NPC Online by email to [email protected], phone at 501-760-4292, or visit Charlotte Phelps Room 204.
The Testing Center provides test support for students and faculty. To learn more about the testing center visit our webpage at Testing Center.
The schedule for this course will be made available in the LMS. The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule as the semester progresses.
Students will be asked to evaluate their instructor and course near the end of the semester. These student evaluations are very important to the improvement in the quality of instruction and course materials. All results are anonymous and shared with the faculty only after the semester is over and grades have been posted.
The schedule, policies, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances or by mutual agreement between the instructor and the students. The instructor will always inform the students of any changes in a timely manner.
In the event of a community crisis the college reserves the right to change the mode of instruction for any or all classes.