English 180 Online

Course Instructor: Kristin Bradley, Department of English and Writing

Office: Simpkins 23

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12:00 to 1:30

Virtual Office Hours: Tuesday 12:00 to 1:30

Office Phone: 298-5555

E-mail: kr-bradley@wiu.edu

Technical Support/uTech Center: 309-298-2704


Course Description:

Welcome to what will be a wonderful semester of ENG 180 online! English 180 is an introductory course in college level writing. This course will cover the fundamentals of the writing process from brainstorming ideas to composing and revising a paper. Areas of emphasis include: choosing a topic, pre-writing, paragraph development, thesis statements, supporting research/arguments, and types of essays.

See Western Illinois Writing Program mission statement at http://www.wiu.edu/cas/english_and_journalism/writing.php for more information. I have included the printed version of Western Illinois ENG 180 goals and objectives handout for your reading enjoyment. The course catalog description is at: http://www.wiu.edu/catalog/2010_-_2011/programs/english.php  

Course Requirements

This course does not teach basic computer skills. You must have basic computer skills such as emailing, internet searching and typing.

The following requirements are necessary to complete this course:

  1. A WIU email account and access to the World Wide Web/Internet
  2. Access to Microsoft Word (for PC: versions 2003 or higher; for Mac 2004 or higher).

Course Goals/ Objectives: Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

Goal #1: Build Rhetorical Agility



1.      Interweave primary source material and your own analysis.

2.      Develop narratives.

3.      Generate ideas for essays through activities in a writing journal.


Goal#2: Build awareness of the Writing Process



1.     Describe the basic steps and stages of the writing process.

2.     Explain the idea of audience and how to develop writing in concordance with type

        of audience

3.     Develop strong thesis statements (always remembering audience, purpose and occasion)

        and how to tell when you haven't.  

4.     Write well-developed paragraphs that are coherent and unified.

5.     Demonstrate understanding of revision strategies

6.     Use the basic steps and stages of the writing process as building blocks for future areas of



Goal#3: Teach students the art of Negotiation



1.     Build personal voice but also keep academic tone

2.     Know how to apply the writing process to other areas of academic studies

Required Text:

The Brief Bedford Reader (11th ed) Kennedy, Kennedy and Aaron. ISBN-13: 978-0-312-61338-9 (or) ISBN-10: 0-312-61338-5

Late Work:


All assignments are due on Saturdays by midnight. Late work is only accepted at the discretion of the instructor.


Academic Honesty:


Consistent with WIU's Academic Honesty Policy at http://www.wiu.edu/policies/ no credit will be given for any work that has been plagiarized. This includes: Internet plagiarism (getting essays off the web), any cheating with essay resubmissions/revisions and misuse of sources/citation (which we will cover extensively in class) Academic integrity is an important part of our community at WIU; therefore, acts of plagiarism and cheating will result in failure for the course and referral for academic discipline: http://www.wiu.edu/policies/acintegrity.php.


Accommodations for Disabilities:


In accordance with University policy and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), academic accommodations may be made for any student who notifies the instructor of the need for an accommodation. For the instructor to provide the proper accommodation(s) you must obtain documentation of the need for an accommodation through Disability Support Services and provide it to the instructor. It is imperative that you take the initiative to bring such needs to the instructor's attention, as he/she is not legally permitted to inquire about such particular needs of students. Contact Disability Support Services at 298-2512 for additional services. Review your “Student Rights and Responsibilities” at http://www.wiu.edu/provost/students and email me if you have any questions.


Journal Discussion Posts/Responses: 250
Paper One: 100
Paper Two: 100
Paper Three: 150
Paper Four: 150
Paper Five: 250











699 or fewer


599 or fewer and incomplete work

Units/Lesson Modules:

1 - Welcome to English 180/Ice Breaker Activity/Syllabus/Formatting Papers   (1 week)

2 - Narrative Essay/Paper #1   (3 weeks)

3 - Descriptive Essay/Paper #2   (3 weeks)

4 - Compare and Contrast Essay/Paper #3   (3 weeks)

5 - Cause and Effect Essay/Paper #4   (3 weeks)

6 - Internet Resources Investigation   (1 week)

7 - Argument and Persuasion Essay/Paper #5   (3 weeks)

TOTAL: 17 weeks

Weekly Schedule: Spring 2012 (please note this schedule is in progress/ incomplete)


Week 1: (January 17 to January 21) Lesson Module 1

Week 2: (January 22 to 28) Lesson Module 2

Week 3: (January 29 to February 4) Lesson Module 2 Continued

Week 4: (February 5 to February 11) Lesson Module 2 Ending

Week 5: (February 12 to February 18)

Week 6: (February 19 to February 25)

Week 7: (February 26 to March 3)

Week 8: (March 4 to March 10)

Week 9: (March 11 to March 17)

Week 10: (March 18 to March 24)

Week 11: (March 25 to March 31)

Week 12: (April 1 to April 7)

Week 13: (April 8 to April 14)

Week 14: (April 15 to 21)

Week 15: (April 22-28) Internet Resources Investigation

This will include investigation of web based resources for writing, reference/social bookmarking, research, blog/online portfolios and works cited.

Social Bookmarking: Delicious, Netvibes, LibraryThing, CiteUlike, Look Later and Digg. Full list of possibilities available at

Research/Search Engines: GoogleScholar, Yippy, Yahoo, Lycos, Dogpile and Bing

Citation Sources: Citation Machine, Son of Citation Machine, Citation Generator, Citation Builder and EasyBib

Evaluate/Credibility: FactCheck.org and Snopes.com

Portfolio/Blog Cites: Google Blogger, Weebly, Wix and WordPress

Week 16: (April 29 to May 5)

Week 17: (May 7 to May 11) Finals Week