Instructor: Marla DeSoto
Office phone number: 623-845-3637.
There is a voice message machine to leave a message if I am not in my office.
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.
and Attendance Standards
English 101, First Year Composition, emphasizes expository composition and standard English writing skills. Students will plan, write and revise six
assignments in the thesis/support format. Emphasis is placed on the writing process.
The total time commitment each week is approximately nine hours (three hours
in class meetings and six hours in out of class work and/or homework).
at the class meetings is mandatory. Students who miss more than four class
meetings may be withdrawn from the course.
- No text is required. Your instructor will provide
online resources and other materials in place of a textbook.
- Because a majority of the course work is done on a
computer, students must have reliable internet access, be comfortable using
a computer, have keyboarding skills, and some experience using Internet
Explorer, email, and word processing. Most students prefer to work at
home using their own computer; however, students may use the computers in
the High Tech Centers. Click
here to learn more about where and when computers are available.
- Review the hardware/software
requirements for a hybrid or online course.
- Course materials are accessed through the virtual classroom
at this location: http://glory.gc.maricopa.edu/~mdesoto/eng101/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.
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
(EC) Building after tuition and fees are paid.
instructor and classmates will use your GCC student email address to contact
you. Every student, upon registration, is assigned an email account and has
access to other computing
services at GCC. You will receive your
username for your GCC student email account at the first class meeting.
initial password is your student ID number (usually your social security
number). The first time you login to a GCC computer, you will change your
password from your student ID number to something of your own choice. Please be sure you can access your GCC student email before the end of the
first week of class. Student
email addresses are in this format:
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 scan your Student ID at one of the Palette Account Stations
at the west end of HT1 or
Follow the instructions on the screen. Contact your
instructor if you have problems with this.
Three choices to access email:
Students will complete 6 writing assignments. All
assignments must be word-processed and submitted via email. More information
about the assignments is provided in the course web site.
- Six written assignments
are required, plus participation in the discussion group and classroom
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 deadlines.
- All six major writing assignments must be completed to
receive a grade of C or better in the course.
- While a reasonable amount of flexibility is necessary in
hybrid 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.
- The course calendar may be accessed by clicking on the Calendar
link at the left of each webpage. Assignment deadlines will be
posted on the Course Calendar. You may also view GCC's Academic
Written assignments will be graded according to assignment rubrics, with
comments by the instructor. Assignments will be returned during class meetings
within two weeks of submission. All students should become familiar with the
criteria for the evaluation of essays at
can check their current grade at any time using MIDAS
More information is on the Grades webpage.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and
and Fee Refunds Policy.
when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other
original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Penalties range from a written warning to
failing the course.
Services website contains information about student resources and
(eFollett.com) you do not need a textbook for this
Center offers assistance and courses in personal
development, career exploration, anger management, etc.
Services assists students with part-time and
full-time job placement and career guidance
Services and Resources assists students with
reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities.
Students should notify and their instructors of any special needs.
Services access registration and records
Aid loans, scholarships, and grants in aid
- The Student Server computing services, including
email, web page space, and others
Students services for students from around the
Handbook contains college policies.
Life leadership programs, student clubs and
Services assists veterans and their dependents in
successfully registering and obtaining benefits
Center provides free half-hour appointments for
help with a written assignment [location
Writing Center provides online writing assistance.
- The college will make
reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students
should notify Student Services and their instructors of any special needs.
View the website for GCC
Disability Services and Resources at
- Course content may vary
from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.