English 370


Thursdays 6:15-9:05pm
Room 801

Instructor: Melissa Gunby
Class: English 370 Thursday: 6:05-8:50 Room: 801
CRN: 80768
Phone: 530-508-6510
e-mail: msgunby@gmail.com
Website: mgunby.wikispaces.com

Office Hours: Thursday 5:00-6:00 pm room 718
Solano Community College: English 370: English Fundamentals
Fall Semester 2011
8/17/11-12/20/11
Course Description: English 370 is a “skills” course which will focus on the development of various analytical, critical, mechanical and grammatical skills and techniques. Throughout this course you will read and write a variety of paragraphs and essays and other materials to develop these skills in preparation for English 1. By the end of the semester you should be able to read critically and synthesize information from a text, as well as write to expose your ideas and information. This class will heavily focus on the writing process, including drafting and revision and we will have mandatory in class workshops.This is a Pass/No Pass course.
There are three requirements to pass this course:
  1. Completion of the 370 Lab (see below)
  2. A passing score on the CME (see below)
  3. Completion of a minimum of 70% of the course workRequired Texts and Materials:
Axelrod, Rise, B., Charles R. Cooper, and Alison M. Warriner. Reading Critically Writing Well. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011. Print.
ISBN: 978-0-312-67685-8

Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference: with exercises. 6th ed. Boston, New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009. Print
ISBN: 978-0-312-66477-0 (you may use any edition)

You will also need to purchase a green lab folder.
Other materials will be provided or made available at my website. Internet access is required for this class. If this is a problem, please see me at the end of the first class.loose-leaf binder paperpens, pencils, highlightersRecommended texts/materials: Collegiate dictionary and thesaurus (Longman, Oxford, Merriam Webster, etc)Floppy disk, flash drive, or some other external source to save your documents

Course Requirements

Composition Mastery Exam (CME)
In order to enroll in English 1 (transferable English credit), you must get a minimum score of an 8 on the CME at the end of the term. The CME is given campus wide at the end of each semester and is graded by the English faculty. A student who does not achieve a combined score of 8 or better will not pass English 370 and will have to repeat the course.

English 370 (English Fundamentals) Lab:
All students enrolled in English 370 must also enroll in the ½ unit Engl. 370 Lab. That one-half unit will obligate ach student to complete a three-part lab component, purchase a 370 lab folder (approx. $2 in the bookstore) and make significant progress each and every week. Students must be enrolled in ½ unit of 370L even if they’ve already completed a 370L component in a previous semester.

Please see the attached policy statement and lab requirements for more details.

This class is assigned to group 1 of the lab. You must complete the three components of the lab by the time group 1 ends on October 11. Failure to complete the lab component of this class will prevent you from passing English 370.
Please note! If you do not complete the lab by October 11 without an extenuating circumstance, you will be dropped from the class.

You are responsible for scheduling your own lab hours. Each student will sign up for four hours of lab time per week. It is each student’s responsibility to attend lab regularly and complete the three-part lab component.

Completion of a minimum of 70% of course work
We will be writing an average of an essay every other week, along with reading and other homework. In order to pass this class, you need to do the work equivalent to a “C” in a graded course. If you do not, you will not pass, even if you complete the lab and pass the CME with an 8 or better.