Dual Enrollment English Syllabus & Materials

University of Memphis

Fall 2017

ENGL 1010––English Composition Syllabus


Writing is not only something that we do: it is also something we study. This course is designed to provide you with guided practice to help you develop into a more effective college writer and reader. This course is also designed to provide you with an introduction to writing studies, which is the academic inquiry into the ways we write and the ways writing works in the world. You will read and respond to an array of writing research that will help you better understand your own writing as well as that done in––and beyond––the university. You will analyze your own literacy practices and those of others, and you will conduct original research into aspects of writing that interest you.

Learning Outcomes

The work assigned in ENGL 1010 is designed to develop in first-year college writers a deeper understanding of the complexities of writing through instruction and guided practice in the skills, processes, and strategies necessary for effective, successful writing.

Students should develop and demonstrate the abilities to do the following:

A) Identify how an author’s purpose, audience, genre, and context determine effective writing

B) Discover, develop, and explain ideas through writing processes that include generating, planning, revising, editing, and proofreading multiple drafts of a text

C) Compose an effectively organized essay that focuses on a clear purpose and that develops major points that support its main idea(s) in reasonable and effective ways

D) Adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality

E) Critique their own and others’ writing

F) Control features such as sentence structure, grammar punctuation, spelling, and appropriate documentation (MLA)


All students enrolled in English 1010 must have met one of the following prerequisites:

    • ACT English sub-score of at least 18;

    • SAT verbal score of at least 450;

    • DSPW 0800 with a grade of “C” or better;   

    • A satisfactory score on a placement test administered by U of M Testing Center.

Further, this course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before students can count credit for English 1020. A grade of "B" or better must be obtained in order for students to qualify for the Tennessee Lottery Dual Enrollment Grant.

Required Texts  (Available at University of Memphis Bookstore and at Tiger Bookstore.)

Wardle, Elizabeth and Doug Downs. Writing about Writing: A College Reader. Third Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017. (ISBN-13: 9781319062316)

Policy on Absences

Your regular, punctual attendance is expected. Three absences will be considered excessive and will lower your final grade by a full letter grade. If you miss more than six classes, you may fail the course. Coming to class late or leaving early disrupts everyone and should be avoided. The regular MCHS Tardy Policy will be enforced in this class. You are accountable for submitting work on its assigned due date to receive full credit whether you are in class or not. It is your responsibility to see the instructor about handouts or changes to the class schedule you missed due to absence. 

Policy on Late Papers

Due dates for assigned work are clearly noted on the course schedule. It is expected that you will comply with those due dates. Should there be circumstances that prevent you from submitting an assignment on its due date, it is your responsibility to notify the instructor to discuss a mutually acceptable alternative. Otherwise, a late final draft of a major writing assignment will be accepted only one class period after the posted due date and will be marked down one full letter grade. No homework assignments will be accepted late for credit.

Policy on Academic Honesty 

The University of Memphis Code of Student Conduct identifies cheating, plagiarism, forgery, and falsification as acts of academic misconduct. The guiding principle of academic honesty is that your submitted work is your own with accurate attributions to, and citations of, others' work where appropriate. Academic misconduct will result in failure on the assignment or other consequences as per university policy, which can include failure in the course, suspension, and/or expulsion from the university. See the Office of Judicial and Ethical Programs website for full descriptions of academic misconduct and its consequences.

Your written work may be submitted to Turnitin.com, or a similar electronic detection method, for an evaluation of the originality of your ideas and proper use and attribution of sources. As part of this process, you may be required to submit electronic as well as hard copies of your written work, or be given other instructions to follow. By taking this course, you agree that all assignments may undergo this review process and that the assignment may be included as a source document in Turnitin.com's restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents. Any assignment not submitted according to the procedures given by the instructor may be penalized or may not be accepted at all.

Policy on Classroom Conduct

The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities states: “The instructor has ultimate control over classroom behavior and may eject from the classroom any student engaged in disruptive conduct. Disruptive conduct is defined as conduct which may include, but is not limited to, intentional interference with the normal classroom procedure or presentation of the instructor or other student(s) and/or interference with another student’s right to pursue coursework.” Examples of disruptive classroom behavior include, but are not limited to the following: using electronic devices such as phones, tablets, and laptops; unexcused exits from class; talking while the instructor is talking; personal attacks or mean-spirited criticism of the instructor or another student; sleeping or overt inattention, such as reading the newspaper or doing homework from another course. A fuller description of disruptive classroom behaviors and their consequence can be found on the Office of Judicial and Ethical Programs website.

Students with Disabilities 

Any student who may need class accommodations based on the impact of a disability is encouraged to speak privately with the instructor to discuss those specific needs. Students with disabilities should also contact Disability Resources for Students (DRS) at 110 Wilder Tower, 678-2880. DRS coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

Title IX Policy Statement

The University is committed to ensuring equality in education and eliminating any and all acts of sexual misconduct from its campus. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can make a report to the Office of Institutional Equity at oie@memphis.edu or 901.678.2713. Please note that if you make a report to me, the course instructor, I am required to report it. If you want to make a confidential report, you can contact the University Counseling Center in 214 Wilder Tower or 901.678.2068.

The Center for Writing and Communication (CWC)

The CWC serves all members of the University of Memphis community (undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff) as they work to become successful writers and speakers. CWC consultants are trained in writing- and speech-tutor methodology and can provide one-on-one feedback on any writing or speech in any stage of development. While the CWC welcomes the opportunity to assist clients with their writing and/or speech, it does not function as an editing service. The CWC is located on the first floor of Ned R. McWherter Library. The CWC welcomes walk-ins but appointments are strongly recommended, especially during the busiest times of the semester (mid-terms and finals). Visit http://www.memphis.edu/cwc/ to schedule an appointment online.

Format for Assignments

Unless otherwise indicated, all assignments should be submitted typed, double-spaced, in a standard 12-point font, with one-inch margins and numbered pages. Documentation and citations should conform to MLA specifications. Assignments submitted electronically should be similarly formatted and submitted as either a Microsoft Word file or in rich text format (RTF). Assignments submitted in other formats will be considered late (see policy above). Name your electronic submissions as follows: Yourlastname_Onewordassignmentname (e.g., Smith_Narrative).

Policy on Grade of Incomplete

A grade of “I” will be awarded only when all but a minor portion of the course work has been satisfactorily completed and only at the discretion of the instructor. An “I” will not be awarded to a student who has not submitted work according to the assigned due dates during the course of the semester. An “I” will convert to an “F” as per University policy.

Course Requirements and Grading

Semester Grade Percentages

A+ (98 – 100)

A (94 – 97)

A- (90 – 93)

B+ (88 – 89)

B (84 – 87)

B- (80 – 83)

C+ (78 – 79)

C (74 – 77)

C- (70 – 73)

D+ (68 – 69)

D (64 – 67)

D- (60 – 63)


F (0 – 59)




A separate handout and/or verbal explanation that describes the purpose and process for each major assignment, as well as its grading criteria, will be presented and discussed in class.


            Assignment                                          Final Grade %

            Literacy Narrative                                           10%

            Discourse Community Analysis                      20%

            Writing Research                                            20%

            Autoethnography                                             20%

            Drafts                                                              10%

            Homework and In-class Assignments             20%

                                                                        Total    100%