National Park, AR · General Education · General Education Com Arts
Accelerated Learning Plan Writing
- Spring 2020
- 3 Credits
- 01/15/2020 to 05/18/2020
- Modified 08/10/2020
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 in preparation for ENG 1113 English Composition I*. 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
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
Title of Textbook: The Norton Mix
Editors: Elizabeth Rodriguez Kessler, Jeffrey Andel Ora, et. al.
(Note: This information is for an older edition of The Norton Mix. Any edition should do for the class.)
Title of Textbook: Keys for Writers (Seventh Edition)
Authors: Ann Raimes and Susan K. Miller-Cochran
It is highly recommended for the student to have a flash drive for saving class projects. (If not, make sure to save regularly to a used email account).
Because this class is designed to bring students to college level writing skills, and because the student population of this class is widely varied, the schedule of topics studied will be flexible, adjusted weekly on the basis of student need. Topics that will help the class as a whole will be addressed as a group. Individual needs will be addressed during class time or in a separate instructional session. A typical class session will likely include grammar instruction, writing techniques and style, writing skills practice, and discussion. Learning can be enjoyable, rewarding, and instructive. Student attitude makes all three possible.
Students are expected to complete their assignments.
This course is designed to support Comp I.
The grade in this class determined by the grade in COMP I.
Please refer to this section in the Comp I syllabus.
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.