Course Syllabus

ENGL 093 Introductory College Reading and Writing II

Item # 1020 Summer 2018

Instructor Information

Instructor: Renee Lynch


Phone: (425) 564-2325 (Arts and Humanities Office, front desk)

Office location: R230

Office Hours: Please email me for an appointment


*The best way to contact me is by email. You may also use Canvas inbox.


Course Information

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Times: 9:30am-11:20am
Room: C140
Dates: July 2nd – August 16th
No Class: Wednesday, July 4th

Course Description


English 093 is designed to prepare students for college-level academic writing. Our focus will be on developing the following sets of skills: pre-writing, drafting, and essay revision, along with building grammar and content-editing skills. The course also focuses on building college-level reading skills. Our classes will consist of in-class writing, in-class grammar and development exercises, discussions of texts, and peer-editing sessions.


This course is tailored to the skills and needs of English language learners (ELL) who require more practice with essay reading, writing and editing before taking English 101.

Course Outcomes

After completing this class, students should be able to:


Reading: Identify a writer’s impact or purpose, determine audience, and evaluate a text.

Writing: Compose, revise, and edit a multi-paged essay.

Information Literacy: Evaluate texts and sources, use academic search engines.


Books and Required Materials

  • 75 Readings (12th) ISBN 978-0-07-340589-6
  • Pencils and pens
  • Paper or a notebook
  • A USB drive

Please bring all these materials to each class session.

Course Goals

  • To complete the transition from writer-to-reader focused writing
  • To introduce writing as a process that works
  • To build grammar and content-editing skills
  • To practice effective usage of grammar essential to academic writing
  • To build critical-thinking and reading skills
  • To write academically in a variety of essay styles

Course Requirements

  • Essays: This class requires you to write 3 essays, including multiple drafts. Each essay is graded on a 0-100 point scale. All essays are to be submitted to Canvas on the due dates specified.Please see “Late papers,” below.
    • Late papers: All papers and other assignments are due at the dates and times specified in the course calendar. Late papers will be assessed -10 points for every day they are late.


  • Seminar Papers and other homework assignments will be given and submitted to Canvas on the due dates specified.


  • Class participation includes attendance, in-class work, active engagement in class discussions, peer-editing sessions, and other in-class activities. Disruptive behavior such as arriving late, leaving class, distracting others, texting, etc may negatively impact your class participation grade.


  • Peer-editing sessionsalso take place in class, and are an invaluable means for receiving and giving constructive feedback. Therefore, peer-editing sessions are not only important for you-but for your classmates as well. Written peer feedback should be submitted back to the student at the conclusion of your group work. Important: for each of our peer-editing sessions, you must bring to class 2 copies of your rough draft. Students who are unprepared for peer-editing sessions will lose points for that assignment.


  • Attendance: The BC Arts & Humanities Division’s policy regarding tardiness stipulates that any student missing more than twenty percent of total class time for a course may receive an “F” grade for the course. Since this class meets four days a week for a total of 23 meetings, any student missing four or more class meetingsmay receive a failing grade.  
    • Lateness: I take attendance at the beginning of every class. If you are late, you will lose points for that day. If you arrive after attendance is taken, it is your responsibility to talk to me (at break or after class) to make sure you are marked as late and not absent.


Your grade will be based on:


  • Class attendance and participation (100 points) – 20%
  • Seminar papers (3, at 20 points each) and other homework – 30%
  • Essays (3, at 100 points each, plus drafts) – 50%                                          


Arts & Humanities grading procedure:

100-93%          A

90-92%             A-

89-87%             B+

86-83%             B

82-80               B-

79-77               C+

76-73               C

72-70               C-

69-67               D+

66-63               D

62-60               D-

59%---             F


Plagiarism, or academic dishonesty, is the act of using another writer’s words or ideas as your own. According to the BCC Arts & Humanities website, plagiarism “may take many forms, including, but not limited to, using a paper written by someone else, using printed sources word-for-word without proper documentation, and paraphrasing or summarizing the ideas of others without acknowledging the source.  Plagiarism can also occur when non-written ideas are taken without documentation--using someone else's design or performance idea, for example.  In short, plagiarism is passing off someone else's ideas, words, or images as your own; it amounts to intellectual theft--whether or not it was your intention to steal.” Plagiarism in this course may result in a paper’s failing grade, or further disciplinary action from the Dean of Student Success. Consecutive acts of plagiarism may result in a failing grade for the class.

Information about Bellevue College's copyright guidelines can be found at: College Copyright Policy


This link provides a good, short summary of how to avoid plagiarism: Avoiding Plagiarism


Expectations for Classroom Behavior

What follows is the Arts & Humanities Division’s policy on classroom behavior:

The college's ‘Affirmation of Inclusion’ is posted in each classroom and sets forth the expectation that we will all treat one another with respect and dignity regardless of whether or not we agree philosophically.  This expectation is in line with the principle of free speech in a free society:  we have the right to express unpopular ideas as long as we don't show disrespect for reasonable people who might believe otherwise.  In an on-line course, you will be expressing ideas through the medium of the course site rather than face to face in the classroom.  In that case, these expectations refer to the courtesy with which you communicate with one another through e-mails and e-discussions.

Part of this respect involves professional behavior toward the instructor, colleagues, and the class itself.  Disruptive behavior is disrespectful behavior.  The Arts and Humanities Division honors the right of its faculty to define "disruptive behavior," which often involves such things as arriving late, leaving early, leaving class and then returning, talking while others are trying to hear the instructor or their group members, doing other homework in class, wearing earphones in class, bringing activated beepers, alarm watches, or cellular phones into class, inappropriate comments or gestures, etc.  In on-line courses, “flaming’ anyone in the class is also considered disruptive behavior.  Such behavior interrupts the educational process.  When you are in doubt about any behavior, consult your instructor during office hours:  we recognize the judgment of the instructor as the final authority in these matters.

When disruptive behavior occurs, instructors will speak to or e-mail the students concerned.  Those students are then responsible for ending the disruptions at once.  Failure to do so may result in removal of the students from class.”


Cell phones or other electronic communication devices:

During class time, please turn off your cell phones or other such devices.


Values Conflicts:

Essential to a liberal arts education is an open-minded tolerance for ideas and modes of expression that might conflict with one’s personal values.  By being exposed to such ideas or expressions, students are not expected to endorse or adopt them but rather to understand that they are part of the free flow of information upon which higher education depends.


To this end, you may find that class requirements may include engaging certain materials, such as books, films, and art work, which may, in whole or in part, offend you.  These materials are equivalent to required texts and are essential to the course content.  If you decline to engage the required material by not reading, viewing, or performing material you consider offensive, you will still be required to meet class requirements in order to earn credit.  This may require responding to the content of the material, and you may not be able to fully participate in required class discussions, exams, or assignments


Affirmation of Inclusion


Bellevue College is committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the campus community feels welcome to participate in the life of the college, free from harassment and discrimination.

We value our different backgrounds at Bellevue College, and students, faculty, staff members, and administrators are to treat one another with dignity and respect.

Religious Holidays


Students who expect to miss classes, examinations, or any other assignments as a consequence of their religious observance should be provided with a reasonable alternative opportunity to complete such academic responsibilities. It is the obligation of students to provide faculty with reasonable notice of the dates of religious holidays on which they will be absent, preferably at the beginning of the term. Students who are absent on days of examinations or class assignments should be offered an opportunity to make up the work without penalty (if they have previously arranged to be absent), unless it can be demonstrated that a makeup opportunity would constitute an unreasonable burden on a member of the faculty. Should disagreement arise over what constitutes an unreasonable burden or any element of this policy, parties involved should consult the department chair, or Dean.

College Anti-Discrimination Statement


Bellevue College does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity; color; creed; national origin; sex; marital status; sexual orientation; age; religion; genetic information; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; gender identity or veteran status in educational programs and activities which it operates.


Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting


As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus. It is my goal that you feel able to share information related to your life experiences in classroom discussions, in your written work, and in our one-on-one meetings. I will seek to keep information you share private to the greatest extent possible. However, I am required to share with the Title IX Coordinator any and all information regarding sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct (e.g. dating violence, domestic violence, stalking) that may have occurred on campus or that impacts someone on campus. Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting the BC Counseling Center at (425) 564-2212. The Title IX Office can be contacted at 425-564-2441 and more information can be found at


For further information and contacts, please consult College Anti-Discrimination Statements.




We do not wish other people (parents, spouses, and friends of students) to speak for students about school performance because this can slow student growth and progress. We do this because we would like students to speak for themselves and be independent.  We also do it because federal law (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) says that we must protect the privacy of student education records.  It is BC policy to keep school performance between the school and the student. If a student asks for a parent, spouse, or friend to be at any instructor-student discussion of academic performance, instructors will look at each situation and make the final decision. You can see all of this policy, Arts and Humanities Commitment to Student Growth and Development, at Arts & Humanities.


Student Concerns


If you have concerns about any part of this class, I encourage you to talk with me. If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable talking to me, the usual next step would be to speak with the Program Chair, Sean Allen,, 425-564-2413, or in his office R230D.


Student Code of Conduct and Academic Integrity


Any act of academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism (using the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source), and fabrication and inappropriate/disruptive classroom behavior are violations of the Student Code of Conduct at Bellevue College.  Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, talking out of turn, arriving late or leaving early without a valid reason, allowing cell phones/pagers to ring, and inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates.  The instructor can refer any violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Dean of Student Success for investigation.  Specific student rights, responsibilities, and appeal procedures are listed in the Student Code of Conduct at: Student Code


Important Links

Help with Canvas


The following links are helpful for Instructors or  Students .

Bellevue College E-mail and access to MyBC

All students registered for classes at Bellevue College are entitled to a network and e-mail account.  Your student network account can be used to access your student e-mail, log in to computers in labs and classrooms, connect to the BC wireless network and log in to MyBC. To create your account, go to: Create Email


BC offers a wide variety of computer and learning labs to enhance learning and student success. Find current campus locations for all student labs by visiting the Technology Help Desk


Disability Resource Center (DRC)

The Disability Resource Center serves students with disabilities. A disability includes any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.  Common disabilities include physical, neurological (e.g. Autism, ADD), and mental health (e.g. depression, anxiety).  If you are a student who has a disability or if you think you may need accommodations in order to have equal access to programs, activities, and services, please contact the DRC.


If you require assistance in an emergency, please meet with your individual instructors to develop a safety plan for while in class and contact the DRC to develop a safety plan for while you are elsewhere on campus.


If you are a student with a documented autism spectrum disorder, there is an additional access program available to you.  Contact Autism Spectrum Navigators (ASN). Email and phone number is on the web page.  ASN is located in the Library Media Center in D125.


The DRC office is located in building B Room 132.  You can contact the DRC by stopping by B132, calling our desk at 425-564-2498, emailing, and Deaf students can reach us by Skype (account name DRCatBC).  For more information about the services we offer, including our Initial Access Application, visit our website at





The online elements of this course are designed to be welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by everyone, including students who are English-language learners, have a variety of learning styles, have disabilities, or are new to online learning. Be sure to let me know immediately if you encounter a required element or resource in the course that is not accessible to you. Also, let me know of changes I can make to the course so that it is more welcoming to, accessible to, or usable by students who take this course in the future.


Public Safety and Emergencies


Public Safety is located in the D building (D171) and can be reached at 425-564-2400 (easy to remember because it’s the only office on campus open 24 hours a day—2400).  Among other things, Public Safety serves as our Parking Permits, Lost and Found, and Emergency Notification center.  Please ensure you are signed up to receive alerts through our campus alerting system by registering at RAVE Alert Registration


If you work late and are uneasy about going to your car, Public Safety will escort you to your vehicle. To coordinate this, please phone ahead and let Public Safety know when and where you will need an escort.


Please familiarize yourself with the emergency postings by the door of every classroom and know where to go in the event of an evacuation.  Your instructor will be asked if anyone might still be in the building, so check in before you do anything else.  Emergency responders will search for anyone unaccounted for.


If a major emergency occurs, please follow these three rules:

1) Take directions from those in charge of the response  -We all need to be working together.

2) Do not get in your car and leave campus (unless directed to) - Doing so will clog streets and prevent emergency vehicles from entering the scene.  Instead, follow directions from those in charge.

3) In an emergency, call 911 first, then Public Safety.


Please do not hesitate to call Public Safety if you have safety questions or concerns at any time. You may also visit the Public Safety web page for answers to your questions.


Academic Calendar


The Bellevue College Academic Calendar is separated into two calendars. They provide information about holidays, closures and important enrollment dates such as the finals schedule.

  • Enrollment Calendar On this calendar you will find admissions and registration dates and important dates for withdrawing and receiving tuition refunds.
  •  College CalendarThis calendar gives you the year at a glance and includes college holidays, scheduled closures, quarter end and start dates, and final exam dates.


*Note: Course assignments, syllabus, and schedule may change according to the needs of the students and instructor.



Course Summary:

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