Description and Competencies
Because we want you to succeed, GCC has a course placement procedure for English classes. All students must take the ASSET test before registering for ENG101. Prerequisites for enrollment in ENG101 are an ASSET English placement test score of 40 or better, or a C' in ENG 071.
To be successful in an online course, a student should be comfortable using a computer, have keyboarding skills, and some experience using a web browser, email, and word processing. You need to know:
A student's home computer should have the following hardware and software:
Students may use the computers at GCC in the High Tech Centers (hours of operation), but most students enrolling in an online course use their home computer. If your home computer is unavailable for any reason during the semester, you will need to find a substitute computer or use the computers on campus to keep up with your work.
Textbook and Course Materials
No textbook is required for this class. Your instructor will provide online resources and other materials in place of a textbook. These materials are accessed through the virtual classroom at this location: http://glory.gc.maricopa.edu/~mdesoto/101online/index.htm Create a Favorites link to this page in Internet Explorer. The virtual classroom is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You can access your course materials and classroom discussions whenever it is convenient for you.
Every student, upon registration, is assigned an email account and has access to other computing services at GCC. Online students must email their instructor to request a username for their GCC student email account. The initial password is your student ID number (usually your social security number). As soon as you receive your username, please change your password from your student ID number to something of your own choice at the change your password webpage. Student email addresses are in this format: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your instructor and classmates will use your GCC student email address to contact you. Please be sure you can access your GCC student email before the end of the first week of class. If you have enrolled at GCC in the recent past, you have the same email account, username, and password. If you do not remember your password, you must come to campus and scan your Student ID at one of the Palette Account Stations at the west end of HT1 or HT2. Follow the instructions on the screen. Contact your instructor if you have problems with this.
Your Student ID is required to use the Library, Fitness Center, and High Tech Centers; to attend aerobics classes and Student Life activities; and to pick up payroll checks at the Cashier's Office. A free Student ID card can be obtained at the Enrollment Center (EC) Building after tuition and fees are paid.
Most students access their GCC student email in one of three ways:
Students will complete 6 major writing assignments, in addition to other small assignments. All assignments must be word-processed and submitted via email. All 6 major writing assignments must be completed to receive a grade of C or higher in the course. Students will also receive credit for participation in class discussions and group projects. Extra credit is not available, but you will have ample opportunity to do well. More information about the assignments is provided in the course web site.
All students should become familiar with the English department's criteria for the evaluation of essays. Essays will be graded and assigned points according to the rubric for each assignment. Failure to complete an assignment results in 0 points. Students can check their current grade at any time using MIDAS at http://www.maricopa.edu/midas/. More information is on the Grades webpage.
Deadlines and Due Dates
Every assignment has a specific date on which it is due. Because the assignments are sequential and develop progressively more complex writing skills, they must be completed in order and by the deadline. While a reasonable amount of flexibility is necessary in online courses, it is important to stay on track and turn in assignments on time. Additionally, class discussions are related to current writing assignments, as are group activities with classmates. Students need to be current with their assignments to be able to participate and contribute to the class activities.
Attendance and Time Requirements
Class begins on Monday, August 23, 2004. Although your class doesn't meet on campus, you are required to attend class by logging into your virtual classroom at least 4 to 5 times a week. You will spend about 8 to 9 hours per week accessing the course materials, reading and writing in the discussion area, and working on assignments, alone or with classmates. [view the college's policies on class attendance]
I will work with you as much as is reasonable to avoid your withdrawal from the class. However, there are times and circumstances in which withdrawal is the best option. As soon as you realize you are having problems meeting the class requirements in a timely manner, please email me at email@example.com to discuss the problem. To withdraw from the class, the student must call 623-845-3333 during registration hours. See the college's policy on withdrawal from specific courses.
Using someone else's words or ideas as if they were your own is plagiarism. The way to avoid this is to give credit to the author. Use citations to give credit to the author; you will gain the respect of others, and you will also avoid an automatic F on the paper. View the Maricopa District's policy on Academic Misconduct, including cheating, plagiarism, and excessive absences.
The Student Services website contains information about student resources and activities.
The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) addresses many concerns in more detail.
The course syllabus is subject to change without notice and may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.