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Title: College Composition I: Unit 1 Seminar

College Composition IUnit 1 Seminar
  • CM107
  • Now with Audio!

All About Me!
  • Betty Nazarian just call me Betty
  • Mom, Wife, Composition Instructor, Writing Coach
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Master of Arts in English Rhet/Comp
  • Master of Management

  • The Kaplan Guide to Successful Writing
  • Edited by Diane Martinez, Susan Carlson, and Kara
  • Kaplan University Writing Center
  • ISBN 978-1-60714-894-4

Course Description
  • You will learn how to communicate effectively in
    your professional field using various writing
    styles. You will also identify and further
    develop your own writing process. Grammar and
    mechanics will be reviewed, helping you focus on
    the areas that will improve your writing.

CLAs (Course Level Assessments)
  • Appear in gradebook but are not grades
  • Four CLAs assessed
  • Compose original documents in Standard American
    English for different writing situations.
  • Demonstrate all aspects of the writing process
    planning, research, development, organization,
    and revision.
  • Use the conventions of academic and professional
  • Apply course knowledge and skills to their chosen
    professional fields.
  • Grading
  • 9 Not Assessed
  • 0 No Progress
  • 1 Introductory
  • 2 Emergent
  • 3 Practiced
  • 4 Proficient
  • 5 Mastery

Office Hours
  • Use AIM
  • By appointment
  • Username
  • http//
  • Prefer the phone? 818-470-0749

  • Thursdays at 11PM ET check the syllabus for
    other section times offered
  • Nine Seminars (Units 1 through 9)
  • Shout out or volunteer for answers
  • Grammar and Spelling
  • Option 2 if you cant attend
  • Graded by rubrics
  • Cannot be turned in late

  • Respond to question(s) each week
  • Respond to at least 2 other posts in detail
  • Find articles in the library
  • Grammar and Spelling
  • Graded by rubric
  • Late policies
  • You will not receive credit for responding to
    other posts after the discussion closes for the
  • Please notify me via email when you submit late
    work to any unit.
  • No late discussions will be accepted after the
    end of Unit 9.

  • Units 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9
  • Reviewed in each Units seminar meeting
  • Graded by rubric
  • Late Policies
  • With extenuating circumstances It is your
    responsibility to inform me (ahead of time,
    whenever possible) of extenuating circumstances
    that might prevent you from completing projects
    by the assigned deadline.  In those situations,
    we will work together to come up with a mutually
    acceptable alternative. Prior notification does
    not automatically result in a waiver of the late
  • Without extenuating circumstances Accepted with
    a penalty of one letter grade per week (not to
    exceed a 3 letter grade penalty. For example, you
    submit an A paper 3 weeks late, you would earn
    a grade of a D ).   
  • For final projects Late Final Projects without
    extenuating circumstances will not be accepted.
    Final projects are due by 1159 PM ET, Tuesday of
    Unit 9 (the last day of Unit 9, September 7). If
    you are having problems, technical or otherwise,
    you must contact Student Services and your
    instructor immediately.

  • In Units 2 and 6
  • Questions reviewed in Seminar
  • Can be re-opened, but subject to late penalty of
    10 grade loss

  • Rubrics in Syllabus
  • Seminars and Discussions graded by following
    Sunday night
  • Projects graded by following Sunday night
  • Late work graded within 5 days of submission

Lecture Informative Writing
  • Final project informative essay
  • Have you written one before?
  • What topic did you write about?
  • Did you enjoy writing it?

Lecture Informative Writing
  • Purpose To Inform
  • No personal thoughts/opinions
  • No viewpoints
  • Reliable sources
  • Questions?

Final Project
  • Due the final day of Unit 9
  • Informative essay
  • 3 to 5 pages, plus a title page and a
    references page
  • Original work, written for this class
  • Not plagiarized
  • Uses one of the approved topics

Final Project
  • Approved Topics
  • Eco Fuels
  • Telecommuting
  • Drugs and Crime
  • Immigration Laws and Border Control
  • Providing Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants
    Social Responsibility?
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Alternative medicine vs. conventional medicine

Final Project
  • Approved Topics
  • Cybercrime
  • Firearms and Crime
  • Sex and Adolescence
  • Homeland Security and Terrorism
  • Sting Operations Justice or Entrapment?
  • Underage Drinking and Law Enforcement
  • Bariatric Surgery An Easy Answer to Obesity?
  • No Child Left Behind

Final Project
  • Questions?

Unit 1 Work
  • Seminar
  • Youre already here!

Unit 1 Work
  • Reading
  • For information on college level writing, please
    read pages 3-10 in The KU Guide to Successful
  • For information on using Microsoft Office, please
    review pages 325- 348 in The KU Guide to
    Successful Writing.

Unit 1 Work
  • Discussion
  • First, find the assigned article in the library.
  • Then post. There should be three parts to your
  • 1. Introduce yourself
  • 2. Respond to the quote taken from the reading.
    Be sure to reference the reading within your
  • 3. Respond to at least two other posts, in depth.

Unit 1 Work
  • Project
  • Write a paragraph of at least 100 to 150 words
    that answers the following questions
  • What topic have you selected from the list for
    your final project?
  • What are three things that interest you about
    this topic?
  • Is your interest in the topic related to your
    current or future profession? If so, how?
  • What might be your first steps in learning about
    the topic?
  • How do you imagine the final project would need
    to be different if you were writing it to deliver
    as a speech?

Unit 1 Work
  • Project Rubric

High Pass (30 points) Student work meets expectations for this assignment by including all required information with correct grammar and mechanics overall.
Pass (25 points) Student work meets content requirements for this assignment by including all required information, but content may have grammar and mechanics errors that make understanding content difficult.
Low Pass (20 points) Student work meets some of the expectations of the assignment, but may have incomplete responses to required information. 
No Credit (0 points) Student work does not meet the expectations for this assignment. Paragraph does not respond to all questions required.  Project may be plagiarized (Plagiarism Explanation). 
Plagiarism and Academic Honesty
  • Kaplan University considers academic honesty to
    be one of its highest values. Students are
    expected to be the sole authors of their work.
    Use of another persons work or ideas must be
    accompanied by specific citations and references.
    Though not a comprehensive or exhaustive list,
    the following are some examples of dishonesty or
    unethical and unprofessional behavior
  • Plagiarism Using another persons words, ideas,
    or results without giving proper credit to that
    person giving the impression that it is the
    students own work.
  • Any form of cheating on examinations.
  • Falsifying information for any assignments.

Plagiarism and Academic Honesty
  • Submitting an assignment(s) that was partially or
    wholly completed by another student.
  • Copying work or written text from a student, the
    Internet, or any document without giving due
    credit to the source of the information.
  • Submitting an assignment(s) for more than one
    class without enhancing and refining the
    assignment, and without first receiving professor
    permission. In cases where previous assignments
    are allowed to be submitted for another class, it
    is the responsibility of the student to enhance
    the assignment with additional research and to
    also submit the original assignment for
    comparison purposes.
  • Assisting another student with reasonable
    knowledge that the other student intends to
    commit any act of academic dishonesty. This
    offense would include, but not be limited to,
    providing an assignment to another student to
    submit as his or her own work or allowing another
    student to copy answers to any test, examination,
    or assignment.

Plagiarism and Academic Honesty
  • In essence, plagiarism is the theft of someone
    elses ideas and work. Whether a student copies
    verbatim or simply rephrases the ideas of another
    without properly acknowledging the source, it is
    still plagiarism. In the preparation of work
    submitted to meet course requirements, whether a
    draft or a final version of a paper or project,
    students must take great care to distinguish
    their own ideas and language from information
    derived from other sources.
  • Sources include published primary and secondary
    materials, electronic media, and information and
    opinions gathered directly from other people.
  • Kaplan University subscribes to a third-party
    plagiarism detection service, and reserves the
    right to check all student work to verify that it
    meets the guidelines of this policy.

Plagiarism and Academic Honesty
  • If something comes up as plagiarized, the
    official policy is
  • 1st offense Failure of the assignment in which
    the action occurred.
  • 2nd offense Failure of the class in which the
    action occurred.
  • 3rd offense Expulsion or permanent dismissal
    from the University.
  • Accidental plagiarism?

College Composition IUnit 1 Seminar
  • The End