Course Policies

Course Outcomes (English department policy):

Rhetorical Knowledge (responding appropriately to a variety of rhetorical situations)

By the end of English 105, students should demonstrate the ability to produce writing that

  • Focuses on a clear and consistent purpose
  • Analyzes and responds to the needs of different audiences
  • Employs a tone consistent with purpose and audience
  • Uses a variety of genres or adapts genres to suit different audiences and purposes, including writing with research sources
  • Chooses detail and evidence, including evidence from research sources, consistent with purpose and audience

 Critical Reading and Thinking (analyzing rhetorical positioning of texts)

By the end of English 105, students should demonstrate the ability to produce writing that

  • Demonstrates awareness of the role of genre in making meaning from a given text
  • Demonstrates understanding of knowledge and information, including information from research sources, as existing within a broader context
  • Represents and responds to multiple points of view, including the positioning of research sources


By the end of English 105, students should demonstrate the ability to produce writing that

  • Identifies a research question and develops a research strategy
  • Identifies, evaluates, and uses research sources to discover and focus a thesis
  • Demonstrates through reflection awareness of their own writing processes across multiple drafts
  • Demonstrates strategies of invention, drafting, and revision
  • Demonstrates ability to critique own work and work of peers


By the end of English 105, students should demonstrate the ability to produce writing that

  • Demonstrates control over conventions of format and presentation for different purposes and different audiences
  • Demonstrates control of such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Uses conventions of structure and format appropriate to the rhetorical situation, including purposes and conventions of documentation and multiple methods of citation
  • Course Policies – Please read these policies carefully! 

    Attendance:  You must be present in order to succeed in this course.  You are allowed to miss three class meetings.  I do not differentiate between excused and unexcused absences, so use your absences wisely.  Any absence after the third, regardless of the reason, will result in a cumulative reduction of 5% from your final grade.  Any absence may also negatively impact your classroom participation grade. (Note: absences for university sanctioned events, for which you supply appropriate documentation, count as excused absences. However, such absences still count toward your total absence allowance. That is, if you have four excused absences for a UofL sanctioned event, you incur no penalty; however, if you accrue four such absences plus two more non-excused absences, your grade will be reduced by 10%.)


    Tardiness:  Please, come to class on time.  Two tardies will equal one absence, and absences accumulated through tardiness will count toward your three allowed absences.  Also, leaving class early will constitute a tardiness.


    Academic Integrity:  The University defines plagiarism as “representing the words or ideas of someone else as one’s own in any academic exercise.” Thus, all writing/composing you do for this course must be your own and must be exclusively for this course, unless the instructor stipulates differently. Please pay special attention to the quotes, paraphrases, and documentation practices you use in your papers. If you have any questions about plagiarism, please ask me. We will cover appropriate documentation and source attribution in class. If you plagiarize, I reserve the right to grant you a failure for the course and your case may be reported to the College of Arts and Sciences.


    Email communication.  Email is the best way to reach me with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I will respond as quickly as possible (usually within 1 business day).  Please, use proper e-mail etiquette: e-mails do not need to be excessively formal, but write with respectful, polite, and appropriate tone and formatting (as with so many things in life, think of your audience).  Also, please put something in the subject line that clearly labels your message.


    Technological Excuses:  Computers, internet, and email are going to be integral parts of your professional lives. I will not accept any late work because of problems with technology. All assignments will be submitted via Blackboard unless otherwise noted. Make sure you submit you work correctly to Blackboard (as a .doc or .docx file) and back up your work frequently.  I will not accept technology as an excuse for late work.


    Office Hours.  I do not particularly like my office, nor is it a space that I find conducive for completing scholarship.  So please, stop by office hours – to discuss writing, music, graphic novels, the Baltimore Ravens, etc.  I’m very happy to schedule appointments if my office hours are not convenient.


    Title IX/Clery Act Notification 

    Sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any other nonconsensual behavior of a sexual nature) and sex discrimination violate University policies.  Students experiencing such behavior may obtain confidential support from the PEACC Program (852-2663), Counseling Center (852-6585), and Campus Health Services (852-6479). To report sexual misconduct or sex discrimination, contact the Dean of Students (852-5787) or University of Louisville Police (852-6111).


    Disclosure to University faculty or instructors of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or sex discrimination occurring on campus, in a University-sponsored program, or involving a campus visitor or University student or employee (whether current or former) is not confidential under Title IX.  Faculty and instructors must forward such reports, including names and circumstances, to the University’s Title IX officer.


    For more information, see the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide



    Your cell phone should NEVER make a noise during class.


    Additional Information


    The Writing Center:  I strongly recommend visiting the Writing Center during any stage of the composition process.  The Writing Center is housed in Ekstrom Library.  Visit their website at or stop by to make an appointment.


    Disabilities and Special Needs:  Students who have a disability or condition which may impair their ability to complete assignments or otherwise satisfy course criteria are encouraged to meet with the instructor to identify, discuss, and document any feasible instructional modifications or accommodations. Please inform instructor about circumstances no later than the second week of the semester or as soon as possible after a disability or condition is diagnosed, whichever occurs earliest. For information and auxiliary assistance, contact the Disabilities Resource Center.


    Course Evaluations:  During the final two weeks of the semester, you will be asked to submit an online evaluation for this course.  Your feedback not only helps me improve my teaching, but it also helps the English department improve the course.


    Late Work: I do not accept late work. If you anticipate problems turning an assignment in on time, you must talk to me beforehand to negotiate an alternative timeline.



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