Course Details

David Hodges, Writing Arts Adjunct Office, The 260 Victoria Building, Room 515.
(I’ll never be there, but it’s a place to schedule conferences if other locations are not available.)

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Class Meetings

College Composition II – COMP 01112 5
CRN 44281

Time and Place
Mondays:          800-915am     Bunce 350
Wednesdays:    800-915am     Bunce 350

Office Hours

Mondays:          700-745am      915-1000am    3rd Floor Bunce
Wednesdays:    700-745am      915-1000am    3rd Floor Bunce

Professor Conferences
Make an appointment for any Monday or Wednesday at the Chart:
Professor Conference Chart

Course Materials

TEXT. There is no required text. Course materials and readings will be provided on the blog as needed. Reliable internet access and regular, attentive, participative class attendance are the only essentials.

ONLINE SUPPORT. Support for students in the Rowan First-Year Writing Program is provided at:

BLACKBOARD. The class is linked to Blackboard, which is used only for posting grades.

Course Description and Learning Goals

College Composition II builds on the concepts and approaches in College Composition I or Intensive College Composition I (prerequisites for CCII). It emphasizes argumentation and information literacy. The course introduces students to argumentative strategies, asks them to identify and analyze forms of argumentation, and requires them to write a variety of well-researched and ethically responsible arguments. Students work to become independent researchers who can find relevant information from a variety of sources (both academic and non-academic, traditional text and digital) and evaluate and present that information to an academic audience. This course fulfills the second of the two-course general education requirement.

While this is first and foremost a course in academic writing, one theme of the semester will be media literacy, which will enhance our study of how written and multimedia texts and their creators attempt to persuade or influence their audiences. Completing this course will prepare you not only to read, write and think better in your undergraduate work, but also to become a more literate participant in media and democracy.

By the end of the semester, you will be able to:

  • Analyze written and visual arguments for their methods of persuasion, the quality of their logic, and their use of evidence
  • Use specific terminology to identify and discuss elements of argumentation
  • Develop an original and well-constructed argument using supporting evidence and outside research
  • Use writing as a form of inquiry
  • Understand the ethics and responsibilities of writing
  • Find and evaluate sources appropriate for academic writing, through both Rowan’s library databases and the Web
  • Document your use of sources through in-text citation and a References page
  • Revise your writing effectively and understand how to utilize outside resources to improve writing (e.g., your instructor, your peers, the Writing Center)
  • Understand yourself in relation to academic and other writing communities
  • Evaluate your own ability to construct meaningful, persuasive, ethical arguments

Attendance and Deadlines

Your attendance in class is incredibly important to your success in this course. A writing class is a community that requires active participation of all members, and most classes will involve collaborative work that cannot be replicated.

The policy below is the university’s attendance policy
The maximum number of permissible absences—both excused and unexcused—is six. You cannot earn credit for this course if you miss more classes than this. You may withdraw from the course before you have exceeded this number of absences or you will receive an F for the course.

Excused Absences
You will be allowed to make up work for excused absences only, providing you have documentation. Excused absences include: religious observances, official University activities, illness, death of a family member or loved one, inclement weather.

Extenuating Circumstances
If you must miss class for any of the above or other excusable reasons, you must contact me as soon as possible. If extenuating circumstances force you to miss more than six classes, you must speak to me about the possibilities for accommodating you beyond this. Absences should be used with discretion because you never know when you will suddenly have to miss class.

Accommodation Statement
Not all students learn the same way. The federal government, through the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, tries to ensure that all students have a fair chance at being successful. If you have a documented disability that may have an impact upon your work in this class, please contact me.

If you had a 504 plan or an IEP in high school, then you may qualify for services in college. Students must provide documentation of disability to the Academic Success Center in order to receive official University services and accommodations. The Academic Success Center can be reached at 856.256.4234. The center is located on the 3rd floor of Savitz Hall. The staff is available to answer questions regarding accommodations or assist you in your pursuit of accommodations. We look forward to working with you to meet your learning goals.

Classroom Behavior

We will assess different points of view with an open mind, listening carefully and respectfully responding to what we hear, encouraging others to share a diversity of ideas. I hope to create an environment where you can develop the intellectual courage to share your thoughts, to challenge your own thinking, and to have the humility to sometimes change your mind. The winner in any argument is the participant who learns something new, not the one who stifles contrary opinion. I hope to change my mind this semester by learning from you. We will be teaching and learning in accordance with the University Classroom Behavior Policy and Procedures, which can be found here:

Academic Integrity

Ethical and Responsible Writing

One of the goals for this course is to increase your awareness of the ethical ramifications of writing and your ability to write ethically and responsibly. How to avoid unintentional plagiarism is a major component of this course. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to submit ethical writing. If you have any question about the use of sources and citations in your work, you should contact me prior to turning in the assignment.

Plagiarism, whether the intentional act of passing off someone else’s work as your own or the unintentional act where sources for material are not acknowledged due to a lack of familiarity with citation forms, is a serious violation of the principles of academic honesty. Acts of plagiarism include parts of as well as the whole of assignment. Students who submit plagiarized work will be subject to process and penalties of Rowan’s academic integrity policy.

Reporting Policy

In order for Rowan to uphold its commitment to academic integrity, I need to report suspected acts of plagiarism and academic misconduct. A link to the university’s policy—which includes a description of the process for reports of academic integrity violations, types of infractions, and possible sanctions–can be found below, and it is your responsibility to read and familiarize yourself with it. Of particular interest to this course are the following two academic integrity concepts:

  • Plagiarism, whether the intentional act of passing off someone else’s words or ideas as your own or the unintentional act where sources for material are not acknowledged due to a lack of familiarity with citation forms, is a serious violation of the principles of academic honesty. Acts of plagiarism include parts of as well as the whole of assignment. Students who submit plagiarized work will be subject to the process and penalties of Rowan’s academic integrity policy.
  • Academic misconduct includes the recycling of your work from other courses (including other sections of this course and other composition courses) without permission, as well as unauthorized assistance with your work, such as having someone write your assignments for you or submitting the same work as another person. A full list of activities that are considered misconduct is in the university’s policy, and these activities are also subject to the process and penalties of Rowan’s academic integrity policy.

University Academic Integrity Policy:


Rowan University has a licensing agreement with Turnitin, an online service to help prevent student plagiarism. This service checks submitted documents against a large archive of electronic texts, including web content, newspapers, magazines, journals, books and student papers. This comparison results in an “Originality Report” showing matches to existing documents and providing a percentage score reflecting the proportion of the content that is not “original,” meaning that similar wording appears in the texts that were compared to the submitted document.

Proper paraphrasing and summarizing of source material, along with proper methods of citing sources, is a focus of this course. Applying these skills takes care and practice. Turnitin is a very efficient tool for checking whether sources are being used appropriately and for calling attention to improper presentation or citation of source material.

As a safeguard against unintentional plagiarism, consider submitting your work to Turnitin (through our Blackboard site). You will be allowed to view your Originality Reports, evaluate your use of sources, and revise your arguments before posting them to the blog.

University Turnitin policy:



You will produce a portfolio of your writing for this course that must include two polished Arguments along with drafts and revisions, a Research Position Argument, an Annotated Bibliography, a Visual Rhetoric assignment, and a Reflective Statement.

Your Final Portfolio will be graded as a whole. You will work on and revise the portfolio essays throughout the semester and must turn each draft in as assigned. But, while these drafts will be given individual reference grades, it is the Final Portfolio grade at the end of the semester that counts. Keep in mind that I pay close attention to the quality of revision in the Final Portfolio.

Important Reminder: Our hosting arrangement on the course blog includes automatic backup of all drafts. Earlier drafts can be compared to later drafts electronically, side by side, highlighted for changes. Professor feedback is also saved in the form of Replies to your posts.

Class Assignments and Exercises

In addition to essays, you will be required to participate in regular homework assignments and in-class writing exercises that are always practical and skills-based.

Professor Conferences

Once during the first half and once during the second half of the semester, you will meet me for scheduled one-on-one professor conferences. Make appointments on the Professor Conference Chart. I am available for an hour before class every day (500-615 pm every Monday and Wednesday) or by appointment. In addition, we will meet briefly during Finals Week for a Grade Conference. These conferences are considered in determining your class participation grade.

Student Support

Rowan Success Network

The Rowan Success Network powered by Starfish® is designed to make it easier for you to connect with the resources you need to be successful at Rowan. Throughout the term, you may receive email from the Rowan Success Network team (Starfish®) regarding your course grades or academic performance. Please pay attention to these emails and consider taking the recommended actions. Utilize the scheduling tools to make appointments at your convenience and keep an eye on your reminders and flags to track your progress and get help when needed. Additional information about RSN may be found at the Office of Academic Transition.

The Writing Center

The Rowan Writing Center is a space where all student writers can find support at every stage of the writing process. Whether it be invention strategies to get you started, organizing ideas or revising drafts, the center and its tutors provide a comfortable environment for success.

Meet with tutors face-to-face at the center for one-on-one or small group consultations. There are also two online options offered. The first is a synchronous, live session where students and tutors chat over an uploaded paper. The second are asynchronous sessions in which uploaded papers are reviewed within a specific timeframe (typically by the next day) with tutor comments.

The Writing Center is located on the 1st floor of the library. Make appointments by registering for an account at . Free accounts give students access to a list of tutors and their hours. Click on an open timeslot and fill out the form to request personal, live chat, or asynchronous sessions. Limited walk-in appointments are also available.

For help with scheduling or any other questions,
call 856-256-4376 or email
For more information, visit

Suggestions for getting the most out of a 30- minute session:

  • Bring the writing assignment your instructor gave you.
  • Have a clean, hard copy of your draft.
  • If possible, make your appointment well before the due date to allow yourself time to revise.
  • Come prepared with some awareness of what specific concerns you have about your work.
  • Ask questions and, if the responses are not clear to you, ask more.

Web Resources

Grading Policy for Essays and Assignments

  1. Essays and assignments must be posted at RowanCounterintuitive by the day and time they’re due.
  2. A 10-point penalty will be assessed for work late less than 24 hours.
  3. A 20-point penalty will be assessed for work late by 24-48 hours.
  4. Essays and assignments more than 48 hours late suffer a 50-point penalty but are still required.
  5. No student will pass the course who has not compiled portfolio-ready drafts of all end-of-semester assignments into a passing portfolio by the last day of class.

Grading Scale

F   (0-60)
D- (61-63)   /   D (64-67)   /   D+ (68-70)   /   C- (71-73)   /   C (74-77)    /   C+ (78-80)
B- (81-83)   /   B (84-87)   /   B+ (88-90)   /   A- (91-93)   /   A (94-97)   /   A+ (98-100)

Note that you must earn at least a D- to pass the course, but most majors require at least a C- to graduate from the college.

Assessment Criteria for Final Grade

End of Semester Portfolio: 70%
Includes the following:

  • 3000-word Research Position Argument
  • Annotated Bibliography for the semester’s research
  • Two 1000-word Short Arguments, with drafts and feedback
    • (The Short Arguments become components of the Research Position Argument)
  • Self-Reflective Statement
  • Visual Rhetoric Argument

Early Drafts of the Progressive White Paper Arguments: 15%

Non-Portfolio Assignments and Exercises: 10%

Daily Class Notes are the only graded measure of class participation: 5%

Late Work

Penalties for lateness are posted with each assignment. The general policy for late posting of essays is: Timely posting, full credit; 0-24 hours late, -10 points; 24-48 hours late, -20 points; 48 hours +, highest possible grade 50/100.

Professor Conferences

While conferences are always available and highly recommended as the best way to engage your professor in the ongoing work of your semester, three are required for a passing grade; one before the spring break, one following the break, and the Final Grade Conference held during Finals Week.


Very special circumstances only! Students in good standing with a B average at the time of their incapacity who suffer a serious illness, injury or pressing emergency which renders them unable to complete the required work for the course may be given a grade of I (incomplete) at the discretion of the professor and only by approved proposal.

Course Outline

A day-by-day schedule of all class activities is available as a separate document, always available on the blog, and updated as needed.

In addition, an Agenda for every class meeting is published at the blog before class meets. Students forced to miss any class can always check the Agenda for assignments and links to lectures or other course materials.