ENG 1027                                                             Ken Harmon
Honors Adv Comp: Civil Discourse                  [email protected]
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This syllabus contains the policies and expectations established for this course that are intended to create a productive learning atmosphere for all students. Students should read the entire syllabus carefully and understand that they will be expected to fully abide by these policies and expectations.

Welcome to Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civil Discourse!

This syllabus contains the policies and expectations established for this course that are intended to create a productive learning atmosphere for all students. Students should read the entire syllabus carefully and understand that they will be expected to fully abide by these policies and expectations.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This advanced course in composition and communications builds on the skills developed in Honors Composition: Writing in the Academy (ENG 1024) by introducing the element of civic discourse into academic writing in the disciplines. Having studied the conventions of academic writing in multiple disciplines, students now consider issues from the perspective of citizen-scholars. They examine controversial issues in the public sphere by studying rhetorical strategies of persuasion and determining how classical rhetorical theories inform current socio/political debates. Students are required to participate in these debates as writers, researchers, and public speakers who can make effective persuasive arguments. The culminating assignment is a research/persuasive project comprised of an academic paper and a multimedia campaign.


All readings and course materials provided by professor.


Upon satisfactory completion of this course, a student should be able to:

1.Identify scholarly conventions associated with the different academic disciplines.
2.Conduct academic research and reflect upon that research through effective summary and critique.
3.Demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy through analysis and evaluation of sources for their authority, accuracy, relevance, timeliness, objectivity and relation to other sources.
4.Integrate and accurately document information gleaned from research into their writing.
5.Effectively apply rhetorical strategies to synthesize various perspectives on an issue.
6.Engage in all aspects of the writing process.


Students will:  
• Attend class meetings and complete all reading, writing, and editing
• Write at least three major essays. Each written assignment will include planning,
  drafting, revising, editing, and reflection. You are responsible for turning in all
  materials related to an assignment. This includes: invention strategies,
  draft versions, peer critiques, a Tutor.com Report and Revision Plan, and a 
• Complete shorter writing projects in and outside of class. Any missed quizzes,
  in-class team exercises, etc., cannot be made up.
• Complete a course writing portfolio in electronic format.

In order to pass ENGL 1024, students must submit a portfolio of written work that includes an annotated table of contents, an earlier piece of writing before the class began, two formal essays from this semester (both graded copy and corrected draft), and a reflective essay.  

You must complete all major papers in order to pass the course. Failure to complete any of the required assignments will result in a final course grade of F.


You can accumulate 400 points, which are distributed as follows:

Participation (18.75%)

Reader Responses           25      (10%) = 5 @ 5pts. each
Blog Posts                        40      (10%) = 10 @ 4 pts. each
Syllabus Quiz                   5       (1.25%)
Appeals Quiz                   5       (1.25%)

Papers (81.25%)
Drafts                             15 = 3 @ 5pts. each (3.75%)
Peer Critiques                15 = 3 @ 5pts. each (3.75%
Tutor Reports                10 = 2 @ 5pts. each (2.5%)
Rogerian Letter             40       (10%)
Position Paper               80       (20%)
Outline                           10       (2.5%)
Structuring Evid.            5       (1.25%)
Topic Proposal                5      (1.25%)                     Final Grades:
Annotations                    30      (7.5%)                      360 - 400 A
Group Project                 60      (15%)                       320 - 359 B
Project Reflection          15       (3.75%)                   280 - 319 C
Portfolio                          40      (10%)                       240 - 279 D
                                                                                       0 - 239 F

Official academic grades can be accessed via jwuLink. Grades maintained in the Ulearn course management system are for tracking purposes only and may not reflect all of the criteria considered with calculating a student's final grade.


Taking classes is your job here at the university. Thus, you should treat the work and requirements accordingly. In the workplace things such as absences, tardiness, and not doing your work properly have negative consequences. This is the case in my class as well. Many students’ low grades are a result of not following directions or policies as well as not expending enough effort. It is your responsibility to be aware of the policies on this syllabus. If you miss class it is your responsibility to check with your classmates to find out what you have missed. And though you are always welcome to follow up with me if you are absent, do not ask me if you “missed anything important.”

Your grade is dependent on a number of factors that, together and holistically, inform the evaluation and assessment of your performance. In summary, these criteria include attendance, participation, reading responses/journal entries, reading quizzes, discussion questions, a presentation, and the successful completion of any other reading and written assignments.

Note: The reading load is quite heavy and the pace fast. Also, because writing is a means of discovery and a pathway to understanding, it is an important activity in this class in conjunction with the reading. Indeed, you should think of your writing as a mode of reading that will help you begin to understand the literature at hand. When essays, journals, and in-class assignments are considered together you will be doing some kind of writing assignment every week. Be prepared to spend much time carefully reading, considering, discussing, and writing about the texts in the course. If you cannot devote the time necessary to keep up with the assignments, and to do so in a critical manner, you will not do well in this class and may want to consider if this is the right class for you.

PLAGIARISM: All course assignments ask you to write using what you have learned in the course and using your own thinking and writing skills. If you use any ideas, paraphrases, or exact wording from a source other than yourself (including the textbook), you must document the source using MLA parenthetical documentation style (see handbook or ask instructor). Any source used but not documented will be considered plagiarism, for which you will receive a failing grade for the course. You might also be placed on probation or expelled from the university. If you have any questions about plagiarism, ask before you act. Ask me; also see Best Practices for Avoiding Plagiarism.


A. Plagiarism, a SERIOUS, academic violation, which can lead to an F for the course, is the use of WORDS, IDEAS, or STRUCTURES of others (published sources, friends, relatives) without acknowledgment. There is no excuse for willful plagiarism.
B. Except where appropriate (quoting or paraphrasing from primary or secondary sources), your work is presumed to be totally your own writing (i.e. original).
C. When you QUOTE OR PARAPHRASE FROM ANY sources, you MUST cite them with appropriate specific documentation (usually author and page number in parentheses + Works Cited list at end). This includes subject matter of the essay. If you quote or paraphrase precisely from a work of literature, you must cite the author of that work.  
D. If you do not understand the format for documenting sources, see me for help before turning in an essay. Refer to your handbook for further clarification.


Examples of plagiarism can include, but are not limited to: 

a) Using another student’s work and submitting portions or the entire assignment with your name. 

b) Reusing your own work from a previous assignment or publication without acknowledging the earlier use and obtaining permission for the reuse from the faculty to whom the reused work is submitted. 

c) Failing to include citations, quotations, or works cited pages when using outside sources. 

d) Creating false citations, quotations, or works cited pages that do not correspond to the information you used in your assignment. 

e) Unauthorized collaboration: having another person edit portions of your assignment in their own words. 

Student Expectations include, but are not limited to: 

a) Understanding and complying with the Academic Integrity Policy. 

b) Obtaining clarification if they do not understand whether certain conduct covered by this Policy is permitted or if they do not understand how to properly credit sources. Students acknowledge that not knowing is not an excuse for violating this Policy.

c) Agreeing that by taking courses at JWU, their assignments may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software (e.g., Turnitin.com) for textual similarity review and/or for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted assignments will be included as source documents in the plagiarism detection database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism or misuse of such assignments. Use of any plagiarism detection software service is subject to the usage policy posted on the software website.


Artificial intelligence applications have the potential to support student learning and development when used ethically and responsibly. However, inappropriate use can be a barrier to student learning and can pose a significant risk to academic integrity.

The authorization of the use of generative artificial intelligence (GAI tools) in a course is at the discretion of the course instructor, and it is up to the instructor of the course to determine if and how generative artificial intelligence tools can be used and explicitly communicate those expectations to students. 

If a student has a question on a particular GAI tool, it is her responsibility to review it with the instructor to be granted permission. 

In this class, the use of GAI is a violation of student academic integrity.

Refer to the academic integrity policy:


TURNITIN.COM: All major essays written for this course must be submitted electronically to turnitin.com no later than class time on the date that an assignment is due. Essays that are not uploaded to turnitin.com will not be accepted. 

TUTOR.COM: Students are required to submit each draft of an essay assignment to the writing tutor a total of two times per essay for feedback and are expected to use that information to revise each essay assignment. If a student fails to do so, they will lose one letter grade per each assignment not submitted to the tutor. See the Tutor.com link in JWU Link for submission details.

SUBMITTING COURSE ASSIGNMENTS: You are required to electronically submit all assignments to Ulearn or a blog for this course. Assignments not submitted in the manner will not be accepted. Any items sent by email will be deleted.

ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to attend all classes, arrive on time and remain for the entire class period, and report to class fully prepared with all required materials. While active learning will take different forms in different classroom contexts, students are expected to demonstrate active engagement in the classroom. Missed in-class assignments will be recorded as a zero and cannot be made up. Your success in this course is tied to regular attendance.


It is the student’s responsibility to initiate procedures leading to a formal withdrawal (“W”) in order to avoid a failing (“F”) grade. To receive a W, a student must withdraw prior to April 23, 2024. 

TARDIES: If a student is more than 10 minutes late for class or leaves more than 10 minutes before class is over, they are counted absent for the day. 

ETIQUETTE: Students are expected to respect their classmates’ time and learning environment. Therefore, show up for class prepared and on time. ALL CELL PHONES SHOULD BE SET TO SILENT BEFORE ENTERING THE CLASSROOM. Each time a cell phone disrupts class the entire class will take a pop quiz. Also, if a student leaves the classroom to answer a call, they will be counted absent for the day and not allowed back in the classroom that day. Other disruptive classroom behavior, defined as anything that would interfere with “an instructor’s ability to conduct the class” or “The ability of other students to profit from the instructional program,” is strictly prohibited. This includes texting while the professor is lecturing or during group work when students should be focused on completing the task at hand.


NOTE: Persons other than registered students are not allowed to attend academic sessions, laboratory classes, computer labs, and other University academically supported areas.

LATE PAPER/ASSIGNMENT POLICY: Turn in all your assignments on their scheduled due dates. You must submit the final drafts of all essays and their associated process work (critique, reflection, etc.) in Blackboard. NO PROCESS, NO GRADE. Keep a duplicate copy of all assignments you turn in and save all of your files in several locations (flash drive, hard drive, email, etc.). I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE PAPERS.

REVISION: You may rewrite one failing essay (original grade of D or F); the rewritten essay may receive no higher than a “C.” Revision must accompany the original graded copy.

GRADED ESSAYS: All essays for this course are graded electronically. Please see the Turnitin Grademark Feedback video in ulearn for instructions to obtain the comments and grading rubric for your essay. 

STUDENT E-MAIL: Students are required to obtain and use a JWU e-mail account for University communication. You must obtain your password to do so. Student accounts are created automatically for those who are active and in good standing. Student email addresses are available through link.jwu.edu. Immediately contact the help desk at 1-866-598-4357 if you need assistance. Take care of this the first day of class. Students are expected to maintain an email account throughout the semester and check it daily for important information regarding upcoming assignments, course announcements, etc.

IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS: Students will often complete in-class assignments and short writing projects. In-class projects and quizzes are team-based and scheduled for a specific class period and cannot be made up after that class date.

WORKSHOPS/WRITING PROCESS: All essays will be critiqued by peer groups in class. Essays without workshop response will drop one full letter grade.

Scores for major essays are reduced by one full letter grade for each missing item of the writing process: invention/pre-writing; late first draft or no first draft; Tutor.com report and revision plan; reflection

PARTICIPATION: Come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Contribute productively to discussion. Quizzes and in-class writings are usually based on the readings.


WRITING CENTER: Located in the academic building, 4th floor (Suite 410), the writing center is open to all Johnson & Wales University students who need help with writing, whether they are taking an English course or not. Students are encouraged to seek assistance with essays, research projects, and related assignments. Students are asked to make an appointment with a Writing Center staff member in order to receive prompt assistance. The center provides 30 minute appointments and is staffed from 8:30-4:30 M-R. Consultants work with students on any part of the writing process -- planning, drafting, focusing, organizing, revising, or editing, and with papers from all disciplines. Please do not hesitate to use the tutor’s assistance. Remember to bring a copy of your assignment and your drafts to any Writing Center conference.

Going to the Writing Center does not guarantee you a good grade because tutors will not proofread your papers. The Writing Center’s goal is to improve your overall writing skills (organization, thesis & supporting paragraphs, audience/assignment issues, as well as teaching punctuation and grammar rules after reviewing big picture issues), which sometimes takes several sessions, depending on your existing writing skills. For more information, you may contact them at [email protected]
You may also visit the Center for Academic Support website at:  

You may book an appointment by calling them at 980-598-1500 or dropping by Academic Center 410 during these hours.

You may also book an appointment online using these steps:

  Go to JWU Link. 
  Go to Academics. 
  Go to USucceed. 
  Click on “Courses”. 
  Click on the link beside your English class to schedule an appointment


Alternative format options are available for many types of content in ulearn course sites. You can download course content in formats that work best for you, such as tagged PDFs (for screen readers), HTML, ePub (eBooks), electronic Braille, audio (mp3), and BeeLine reader versions. Download alternative formats by clicking the icon of an "A" with an arrow next to any item in ulearn. See the Alternative Content Formats webpage for more details.

These alternative formats are not a substitute for accommodations. If you need an accommodation for this class, please use the contact information below:

Providence and Online: Accessibility Services, 401-598-4660, [email protected]
Charlotte: Center for Academic Support, Academic Center Suite 410, 980-598-1500, [email protected] 


Johnson & Wales University supports all students’ academic needs. Students with documented disabilities interested in accommodations and/or auxiliary services must contact Accessibility Services, meet with an Accessibility Services advisor, and together complete an Accommodation Agreement. Students are encouraged to speak privately with their professors regarding their academic accommodations. Contact Accessibility Services at https://academicsupport.jwu.edu for campus-specific information including office location and contact number.


All students are required to read, understand, and abide by the provisions of the Catalog and Student Handbook applicable to their campus, which can be found at http://academics.jwu.edu/catalogs/. 

In particular, students should be aware of the following university policies:

General Information and Policies
Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment
University Holds

Academic Policies:
Academic Integrity/Academic Integrity Review Process/Turnitin Notification
Occupancy in Class
Outcomes Assessment  

Student Affairs:
Student Code of Conduct 

Student Services:
Center for Academic Support/Services/Students With Disabilities