English 111 and 011 General Syllabus

Arts and Sciences Division
Course Syllabus

Any changes to the syllabus will be posted in the College’s Learning Management System prior to implementation of change.

Course Information

  • Course: English 111
  • Course Hours: 3 Credit Hours
  • Term: Fall 2020
  • Meeting Times: M-F (Block info posted in BCEC website)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Co-requisites: English 011 or None depending on GPA/placement testing

  • Course Description per catalog: This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.


  • Text(s):

    Bullock, Richard, Maureen Daly Goggin and Francine Weinberg, eds.  The Norton

    Field Guide to Writing with Readings and Handbook.  4th ed.  New York: Norton,  2016.

    • Supplies/Materials: (suggested) USB drive, loose leaf paper, notebook, 3x5 index cards

  • Minimum Technology Requirements:

All students must be confident using Moodle to access course materials. You will be expected to upload essays, respond to discussion forums, take quizzes, and check your progress in the grade book. If you have any questions about Moodle, contact Instructional Support and Online Learning


You should also register for student e-mail as this will be my way of contacting you throughout the semester. Set up a student e-mail accounting using these directions .

For problems with student e-mail or Moodle contact
A-B Tech’s Helpdesk  

Be sure to check your student email account and the course announcements section of Moodle daily to ensure that you have seen all announcements or emails.

Do not send email from personal accounts. I will reply to A-B Tech or BCS e-mail addresses only.


Use Mozilla Firefox as your web browser (for best efficiency of Moodle – if that fails tries Chrome)


You will need to know how to attach a file to your email, upload your essays in Moodle, use a word process program (like Word), access the internet, and use Moodle. You must send your assignments in one of the following formats:  .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf. Word documents are best.


Instructor Information

  • Instructor Name: Rebecca S. Hefner
  • Office Telephone Number: (828) 232-4123 for Main Office, teacher phone 776-0486 only in emergency or for parent contact. Please do not call during class times.
  • Email Address: rebecca.hefner@bcsemail.org I check this email often daily.

    The ABTech email ( rebeccashefner@abtech.edu ) is only accessed once a day – usually at the end of the day– so only use that if a quick response is NOT needed.

  • Office Location: Birch 123
  • Office Hours: 2:30- 4:00 PM (M/T/W/ F)


Learning Outcomes/Objectives

General Education Competencies:

  1. Students will critically evaluate information.
    • Students will demonstrate information literacy.
    • Students will critique works of human expression.
    • Students will analyze scientific literature.
  2. Students will solve problems.
    • Students will identify processes.
    • Students will analyze problems.
    • Students will interpret results.
    • Students will recommend appropriate strategies or solutions.
  3. Students will effectively communicate.
  • Students will communicate appropriately for the subject.
  • Students will communicate appropriately for the audience.
  • Students will communicate appropriately for the medium.

Course competencies:

Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.


1.         Demonstrate writing as a recursive process.

2.         Demonstrate writing and inquiry in context using different rhetorical strategies to

            reflect, analyze, explain, and persuade in a variety of genres and formats.

3.         Students will reflect upon and explain their writing strategies.

4.         Demonstrate the critical use and examination of printed, digital, and visual


5.         Locate, evaluate, and incorporate relevant sources with proper documentation.

6.         Compose texts incorporating rhetorically effective and conventional use of


7.         Collaborate actively in a writing community.

Evaluation Criteria

The table below lists the assessments for this class and the percentages/points for each assessment.


Percentage or Points

Class Activities


Essay 1 and Essay 2


Final Exam





Failure to submit an assignment or complete an in-class assignment will result in a 0, and a 0 on just one assignment can result in failure of this course.

Please note, the gradebook total in Moodle averages graded assignments and will be accurate when all assignments have been completed.  For a more accurate understanding of your grade in the middle of the semester, you will have to manually calculate your average.

Grading System

Grade Letter

Associated Percentages










59 and below


Participation Requirements

It is mandatory that the student attend each course at least once during the first 10% of the course, or in the case of online courses, a graded activity must be submitted during the first 10% of the course.  Each online course syllabus must identify the activity to be completed prior to the 10% point of the course and the date by which the activity must be completed.  For hybrid courses, the student must attend the classroom portion of the course or complete an online graded activity prior to the 10% point.  Failure to attend or complete the activity prior to the 10% point will result in the student being dropped from the course.  The student will not be allowed to continue in the course or receive a refund.

Regular and punctual class participation is required of all students and essential for success, which is dependent upon active involvement in all instructional activities. To receive a passing grade, students must participate in 80% of the contact hours of the course. Active participation, regardless of course format (seated, online, hybrid), includes submission of completed assignments by the posted due dates and timely completion (as specified by the instructor) of any other course requirements: tests and exercises, discussion board entries and other group work, lab participation, and any other activities assigned in the course syllabus, discussed in class, or described in online instructional materials as contributing to the final grade..  If a student does not meet the requirement of 80% active participation, the student may be assigned an F grade for the course.

Important note: reference the BCEC student handbook regarding absences, make up policy, and tardy consequences. This class is semester long. You will not be excused from attending class as this course helps fulfill both high school and college English credits. 

When BCS is closed class will NOT be in session. (This includes snow days).


REMOTE ADDENDUM: To be counted as present for class, you must attend your assigned Zoom class meeting each day – WITH YOUR CAMERA ON FOR THE DURATION OF THE CLASS BLOCK. For the onboarding two-week period, daily assignments are also required to be counted as present. These assignments must be completed by 3PM daily.

College Policies and Procedures


College policies and procedures may be found on A-B Tech’s Policies website at the following link: Policies and Procedures.

The Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Due Process policies and procedures, including the Code of Classroom Conduct and Code of Student Conduct, may be found at the following link: Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Due Process.

English Department Requirements and Expectations

How to successfully complete an English course

  • A weekly announcement will be sent with instructions and guidance for the week. It is important that you place close attention to this as changes or critical items may be noted.
  • Read. Read the syllabus (each week). Read the required pages out of the textbook before class discussion. Read the assignment instructions. Read your instructor e-mail announcements.
  • Complete rough drafts for all your assignments. Practice, brainstorming, and making mistakes helps you learn writing rules and strategies.
  • Read instructor feedback. The best way to build your writing skills is to see edits and feedback of your own writing. When you read instructor feedback, you know what to “fix” for the final draft. When reading feedback don’t just look at the grade and comment box. OPEN YOUR ASSIGNMENT. Edits and comments are made directly on the document to help you grow in your communication skills. I use this to personalize teaching so that you can see how to effectively use grammar and maximize the impact of your words. It is extremely annoying to edit and comment of an issue and see those same mistakes that were corrected and edited were ignored and now showing up in the new assignment. Once I have shown you what to do, I expect change to occur. This is a partnership. I will do my utmost to guide and teach you. Please do your end to work to improve by reading and applying the guidance given.
  • Ask. Ask questions about upcoming assignments. Ask for clarification about edits/feedback on your returned work. Ask about how to get connected to writing resources on campus. Ask how to use a function on Moodle (ie forums or quizzes) you may not know how to access. Ask what you need to be successful.
  • Ensure you have a reliable Internet connection and access to a computer.Computer glitches, power failures, and mix-ups do not count as excuses for late work.
  • Plan ahead.Know due dates for all assignments and schedule time to work on writing projects. Work on writing projects over the course of days (or even weeks). Do not try to write an entire essay the day it is due. Submit all work on time in MLA (or APA depending on your English class) format. Planning ahead also helps ensure you don’t get burned out in the class.
  • Check your grades in Moodle often. Be aware of your progress. Understand the weight of assignments in class, so you know what is at stake if you miss an assignment or earn a low grade on an assignment.
  • Connect with another student in your class. Often, fellow students can explain a concept or an assignment in a way you can understand. Additionally, connecting with other students means you create a study group that helps with deadlines, missed class information, and other course work.
  • Use the Writing Center and/or RISE sessions to brainstorm ideas, revise drafts, understand grammatical concepts, etc.
  • Revise.By starting writing projects early, you give yourself enough time to write a wonky first draft, go to the Writing Center, and revise. Revision means eliminating unnecessary words/phrases, ensuring you have not plagiarized, reorganizing ideas, and ensuring all your ideas connect to and prove the thesis.
  • Engage.Come to class (whether seated or on-line) prepared and ready to build your writing skills. Don’t give up on yourself and don’t make assumptions about what you can and cannot do. This class is your opportunity to analyze and write critically and professionally for your career.


Important Dates

Class Begins: August 17.

 Date: August 27

Last Day to Withdraw:  November 18

Holidays/Activity Days/No Class Days:

August 17 early start for BCEC

September 7 OFF

October 5 Remote Learning / no synchronous class

October 20 OFF – ABTech closed

November 3 Remote Learning / no synchronous class

November 11 Veteran’s Day / no class

November 25-27 Thanksgiving Break

December 21 – January 2 Winter Break

Final Exam Due: December 13

Class Ends: December 18

Final Exam

The final exam for this course is a common assignment and is the same for all students taking this course. A rough draft and a final draft are required. Rubrics are used to determine the grade for the final exam. All parts of the final are required and cannot be submitted late. Your instructor reserves the right to ask another English faculty member to evaluate your final exam.

Cancelled Class Policy

English instructors do not cancel classes. If there is inclement weather, if the instructor becomes ill, or if for any other reason the class cannot meet, an announcement will be posted to students’ e-mail immediately and an alternative assignment will be created in Moodle. Students will be given instructions and a deadline for the alternative assignment. NOTE: If BCS is closed, there will be no class. Continue with the work assigned on Moodle.

You cannot attend a Writing Center or RISE session during a regularly scheduled class period because of federal and state attendance auditing guidelines, even if the instructor has provided a virtual day to complete an assignment and/or conference about your work.  If you have a virtual class day, go to a computer lab, library, and/or conference with your instructor to complete your assignment.




Writing Center and Learning Lab -- Virtual Tutoring for Fall 2020


Both the Academic Learning Center and the Writing Center will continue to operate virtually this fall to support students in their coursework. Links to the virtual tutoring labs can be found on their respective websites, which are accessible under the "Student Resources" tab on the A-B Tech website.


The ALC  will conduct all tutoring via Zoom, which students may drop in to for assistance. Fall hours will be Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-9:00pm and Sunday, 12:00pm-9:00pm. Tutoring is available in the following subjects: chemistry, physics, biology, computers, math, engineering, accounting, French, and Spanish.


Students may schedule virtual appointments with the Writing Center, either synchronously via video chat or asynchronously via online submission, by visiting their calendar. Video chat appointments will be available Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm, as well as assorted evening hours that will be posted on the Writing Center's website. Asynchronous online submission slots will be available seven days a week. The Writing Center will also begin offering Academic Coaching sessions via video chat to support students in transitioning to an online learning environment by supporting the development of their study habits, active reading strategies, and time management. Video tutorials for both video chat appointments and online submissions are available on the Writing Center's website.


For online assistance with papers, you may want to use the Writing Center’s 24/7 mailbox. For students enrolled in online courses or courses offered at Madison, South, and Woodfin, remote sessions via Skype are also available and can be arranged by calling the Writing Center’s receptionist at 828-398-7218 during open hours.

In addition to these services, a referral from your instructor will allow you to make use of RISE sessions for help to revise graded papers and for help with fundamentals of grammar, usage, punctuation, and paragraph development. Your instructor will determine when these RISE sessions are necessary for improvement and will provide the referral form for each required visit, but you may also request a referral form for these services if you feel the need for regular walk-in assistance with fundamentals. RISE walk-in sessions are offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Locke 125. For information on RISE remote sessions via Skype, which must be arranged with the Writing Center receptionist, call the Writing Center at 828-398-7218 during open hours.

Since you must balance your time for study outside of class with many other responsibilities, you may well be asking yourself if using the Writing Center early and regularly will help you succeed in your English courses. If so, you’ll want to know that success rates (final course average of C or better) for students who use the Center regularly are consistently in the 80-85% range as compared with success rates in the 60-65% range for students in the general population.


Plagiarism is dishonest; it is the theft of another person’s intellectual property. Since plagiarism will result in automatic failure of an assignment, students should make regular use of the Writing Center during the semester to practice techniques for successfully avoiding plagiarism. Though mistakes are in early drafts, ignorance of the documentation and incorporation strategies explained below will not excuse plagiarism in final drafts nor in any way alter the consequences for plagiarizing.

To avoid plagiarism, submit work that is entirely your own, giving appropriate credit to any sources used.

But how?

  • Any phrasing taken directly from a source (written or spoken) must appear in quotation marks.
  • Even a single word that characterizes a source writer’s perspective on an issue must be acknowledged as belonging to that writer; careful placement of quotation marks is a critical first step for accurate documentation.
  • Always introduce quotations so that the reader has context for the source material.
  • After the quoted passage, always cite the page number from a print source, consulting a handbook or your instructor’s guidelines for any special requirements, such as those for formatting a variety of electronic citations.
  • If you mention a source in text—whether it is from a book, a website, a YouTube video, a journal article, an interview, a lecture, or any other source—a full MLA citation must appear on a Works Cited page at the end of your paper or, in the case of a special assignment, must be submitted with a project.
  • If you use statistics or numbers, you must cite that information, even if you paraphrase passages that include statistics. If the passage is from a website, use the article title, remembering to cite the source on your Works Cited page. Note: in-text citation wording must always refer to the front of the corresponding Works Cited entry.

    Other important points to keep in mind in academic papers:

  • Buying papers from online paper mills or other sources, hiring another person to write a paper for you, or allowing another person to write your paper are all forms of dishonesty and are plagiarism.
  • Submitting work in this class that has been previously submitted in another class is not acceptable and will result in a failing grade. If you have a draft of a project from another course that you would like to modify to meet the specific requirements of the course, ask the instructor’s permission; then, work diligently on substantive revisions based on the case you have made for the value of the project you have envisioned.


Note: Avoiding plagiarism is an important component of success in this course, but a paper free of plagiarism will not guarantee a passing grade.  You must observe the fundamentals of direction, organization, unity, support, coherence, and standard usage. Your argument must be cogent. You must also successfully represent, balance, synthesize, and reflect on source material to develop your paper so that relationships among sources and relevance of source ideas to your own original thesis are in evidence throughout.

Content Warning
In addition to works written from a traditional perspective, there will be required reading that some students may consider profane, objectionable, or otherwise challenging and controversial.  Our purpose in this course is not to discuss issues of right and wrong but to examine readings and topics in an objective, thoughtful, mature manner.  If you have concerns at any point, please talk with me so that together we can create a comfortable space in which you may learn and thrive.


Non-Discrimination Statement

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Dr. Terry Brasier

Office of the Vice President for Student Services

A-B Tech Community College

340 Victoria Road

Asheville, NC 28801



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Michele Hathcock

Title IX Coordinator

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Asheville, NC 28801


Instructor Requirements and Expectations

Assessment Descriptions

            Class Activities

  • All English 111 students are required to use one of the A-B Tech writing resources (RISE, or Writing Center).Students will earn a 100 in the Class Activities portion of the gradebook (titles Writing Resource Assignment) for using one of these writing resources.Students earning a 69 or below on any major writing assignment (diagnostic essay, Essay 1, Essay 2, Rough Draft of Argumentative Essay/Final Exam) will be required to attend a RISE session.


  • Class activities include, but are not limited to, the following: diagnostic essay, discussion forums, and rough drafts, one-page grammar analysis papers, one-page concept papers/brainstorms. Reminder, when we are in a remote setting, you must attend your scheduled Zoom class with your camera on for the duration of the class block.


Essays- You will be completing two formal essays (and one essay as the final exam) for this course.  The final drafts of all essays will be completed out of class and will be submitted via Moodle to the instructor as a Word document.


Essay 1- Narrative


Essay 2- Annotated Bibliography (the research and analysis of the research for final exam-argument-based essay)


Final Exam Final Exam (Research-based Argumentative Essay)

The final exam for this course is a common assignment. A rough draft and a final draft are required. All parts of the final are required. Final exams are due December 13th, 11:55 P.

M. and may not be turned in late. Note: there is a short reflection paper that is due the following week.


Your instructor reserves the right to ask another English faculty member to evaluate your final exam. 


Make-up Policies (late work and extra credit)

  • All work must be submitted on time. I will not grade late work. The only exception allowed is in extreme hardship (funeral, family catastrophe, hospitalization) for either the 1st or 2nd paper. In the case of a documented emergency, this may be submitted 24 hours late so long as you email both your teacher and Dr. Lanahan with a verifiable extreme reason.


Assignments for Class Activities are not accepted late as they are used in class immediately after due. Missing work will receive a grade of zero and may not be made up.


There is no extra credit offered in this class. As long as you keep up with your assigned work, and with the provided lab / college support time built in to the course, there is no need to supplement your course work. Most of your Class Activities are simply scored for completion and as a formative assessment tool to monitor your progress and learning needs. That 40% positively impacts your course average if you simply try and submit. No extra credit is needed if you are doing what you need to for this course.