English 4 

Fall 2012

Instructor: Jim Manis, Memorial Building Room 105 Office phone: 450-3189 

E-email: JDM12@PSU.EDU

Web Site: http://www.hn.psu.edu/faculty/jmanis/

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 to 12:50 pm and by appointment. 

Texts: The Best of Freshman Writing, Vol. 17

Hacker, Diana.  A Writer's Reference, 6th ed. with 2009 MLA update (or an equivalent approved by the instructor)

Suggested Text: A good college dictionary 

Note: This page can be found on the instructor's Web site as can all the assignments for the course. Be sure to check out the assignments page. 

Grades: Your final grade will be determined largely by your portfolio grade. Should your grade be determined as failing, a second grader will be asked to examine your portfolio. Should a disagreement occur between graders, a third grader will make the final determination. 

Portfolio 90% 

Attendance, etc.: 10% 

Total: 100% 

Grades: (The following are standard grade definitions for college level writing.) 

An "A" paper is an exceptional paper with very little if any reader interference from mechanics or a lack of development. All points are adequately illustrated or provided with sufficient examples. The language is fresh and provides unique insight. Point of view is controlled. The essay is appropriately restricted by its thesis and that thesis is completely developed. 

A "B" paper is a good paper. It strongly resembles the A paper, but usually falls short of freshness of language or development of thesis. It may have a few more errors in mechanics that the A Paper. 

A "C" paper is an average paper. This paper is representative of 50 percent of the writing freshman college students produce. Insight is average, language is typical, and the paper may have a few more errors in mechanics than we expect from a good or exceptional paper. 

A "D" paper is a poor paper. Development is lacking. Errors in mechanics impair a clear understanding of ideas. No thesis may be evident. 

An "F" paper is a failing paper. This paper may be totally lacking in development or have no recognizable thesis. Usually mechanical errors severely limit reader comprehension. 

NOTE: Initially your work may receive the following responses from the instructor, rather than a letter grade: 




By the end of the course these three categories will change to a letter grade. Your papers and the portfolio will be discussed extensively in conference with the instructor.

Statement of Academic Integrity 

Academic Integrity: All students are expected to act with civility,  personal integrity; respect other students' dignity, rights and property; and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their own efforts.  An environment of academic integrity is requisite to respect for self and others and a civil community. 

Academic integrity includes a commitment to not engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception.  Such acts of dishonesty include cheating or copying, plagiarizing, submitting another persons' work as one's own, using Internet sources without citation, fabricating field data or citations, "ghosting" (taking or having another student take an exam), stealing examinations, tampering with the academic work of another student, facilitating other students' acts of academic dishonesty, etc. 

Academic dishonesty violates the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromises the worth of work completed by others.  A student should avoid academic dishonesty when preparing work for any class.   If charged with academic dishonesty, students will receive written or oral notice of the charge by the instructor.   Students who contest the charge should first seek resolution through discussion with the faculty member or the campus Director of Academic Affairs.  If the matter is not resolved, the student may request a hearing with the Commonwealth College Committee on Academic Integrity at the campus. 

Sanctions for breaches of academic integrity may range (depending on the severity of the offense) from F for the assignment to F for the course.   In severe cases of academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to, stealing exams or "ghosting" an exam, students may receive a grade of XF, a formal University disciplinary sanction that indicates on the student's transcript that failure in the course was due to a serious act of academic dishonesty.  The University's statement on Academic Integrity from which the above statement was drawn is available at:  http://www.campuses.psu.edu/UCpolicies.pdf 

Disability Statement:

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to providing access to a quality education for all students including those with documented disabilities. If a student has a disability and wants to request an accommodation for a course, it is the responsibility of the student to first obtain a University accommodation letter confirming the disability and suggestion appropriate remedies. This letter can be obtained from the Penn State Office for Disability Services (105 Boucke (814) 863-1807) from the campus Disability Contact Liaison. The contact liaison at Penn State Hazleton is Jackie Walters located at The Learning Center (Laurel-105, (570) 450-3005, jxw2@psu.edu)

The Portfolio: You will maintain a portfolio of all your written work throughout the semester, including all exercises. At the conclusion of the semester, you will select three essays that you have produced throughout the semester to be graded by the instructor. Ninety percent of your final grade for the course will be determined by the instructor's assessment of these essays, as long as you have completed the minimum amount of work required for the course.

During the course of the semester, you will keep all of your work within the portfolio; at the end of the semester, you will  turn in your portfolio for final assesment, including your three best essays. 

As a minimum, you will produce three essays to be graded by the instructor. You may revise and rewrite these as often as you have time for. However, you must revise at least three seperate essays a minimum of three times each. The students who receive the top grades in this course usually submit 15-25 drafts for me to grade. 

No day-by-day agenda will be set for the course; rather due dates will be made from class to class. If you miss class, make sure you get the assignment from another student, or the instructor, as soon as possible. 

At times throughout the semester classes may be canceled in order to hold mandatory conferences. Each of you will be required to attend several of these conferences. 

Our objective in this course is to increase your writing ability so that by the end of the course you will be fully capable of producing college level writing on demand, specifically of writing traditional 500-650 word college essays that will allow you to complete English 15 satisfactorily. 

In order to achieve this goal, you will need to attend classes regularly. (No more than two missed classes during the semester are acceptable without written excuses and you may be required to submit additional work at the instructor's direction for any absence. If you must be absent, contact me by phone or email immediately.) 

You must furnish a standard sized manilla folder to submit your work in. 

All writing produced in the classroom, to be graded, must be written in either blue or black ink. Skip lines as directed. All written work produced outside of the classroom for grading must be typed and double-spaced. (Use only TimesNewRoman or Courier fonts.)

Write on standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch, white paper. Place your name in the upper left hand corner of the first page, along with the course title and section number. On subsequent pages, place your name and the page number in the upper right hand corner.