The majority of assigned texts will be hyperlinked from the online syllabus, and these readings may be supplemented with handouts. I will also be adding grammar modules and other guides to writing style to help you each individually with your writing. The following online textbooks will be regularly referenced:
Daily attendance is a major requirement for success in this course. I will take attendance each day. Each student is permitted two “sick day” absences – you are however still responsible for completing any missed assignments, and I will mark zeros on assignments missed due to absence. For each absence after two, I will subtract 5% from your final grade.
Exceptions to this policy include illness, family emergency, and Heartland-sanctioned student activities (e.g. marching band, athletics.) In these cases, please contact me as soon as possible to let me know, and then we will discuss appropriate make-up work. In the event that you do have excused absences, the excused absences will automatically count toward your “sick day” absences.
Please note that employment hours will not count as excused absences. Please notify your employer of your class schedule. If your supervisor schedules you for class time, please let me know. You may also feel free to provide your supervisor with my cell phone number. If I don’t hear from them, I’ll be happy to call them myself.
Midterm Withdrawal Policy
If a student is failing this class at midterm and any of the following situations apply, the student will be automatically withdrawn by the end of week 8:
• was absent for any 2 consecutive weeks without appropriate notice
• has more than 5 unexcused absences
• Did not complete at least 60% of assignments
Learning Journal Deadlines
For English 099, many of our assignments will directly complement your work from English 101. In addition, you’ll complete five Learning Journals of 750 words each, and these will each be due on a Wednesday by midnight. If you require additional time, please request an extension via e-mail by the day before (Tuesday). If no work is submitted and no extension is requested, I may subtract up to 5% from your Learning Journal for each day late. In cases of emergency (such as illness or family emergency) I will not impose a grade penalty – instead, we will work out a new deadline based on circumstances.
For the readings and “regular” assignments, those are to be read or completed before class time on the date listed. In general, I don’t accept late assignments unless there’s an extenuating circumstances (such as illness or a family emergency.) Most days, we will have classroom activities directly tied to the reading assignments – if you don’t complete the reading in time for these activities, then you will have missed an opportunity that makeup work cannot replace.
RELATIONSHIP TO ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND TRANSFERABILITY:
ENGL 099 is designed to enhance students' academic performance for other college courses. Credit earned from successful completion of this course (or other developmental courses) is not calculated into students' HCC GPA, will not apply toward degree or certificate requirements, nor will it transfer to other colleges or universities. However, some institutions calculate admissions GPA using grades from all courses, including developmental courses.