Course Syllabus


English 201: The Research Paper

Online 1069 OBS

Summer 2018


Instructor:  Ms. Barbara Butler

Contact:  Canvas Email (Inbox)

Office:  R-230

Office Hours: I am available daily online through Canvas email and by appointment on campus.


Instructor Contact

Use the Canvas email (Inbox) function for all course communication. Use the Bellevue College email only if you cannot access Canvas: You will find that I am prompt in replying to Canvas emails within 24 hours, including weekends and holidays. I usually work early in the day, however, so if you send a message in the late afternoon or evening, look for my reply the next morning.


Required Textbook

A Pocket Style Manual, Eighth Edition (Hacker and Sommers)

ISBN: 9781319057404


Canvas Learning Management System

This section of English 201 is an online course.  As such, it is important, and ultimately your responsibility, to follow all directions for using the Canvas online learning system successfully. 


Canvas by Instructure also offers a free mobile application (app) version of its learning management website that you may find useful. It is important to note, however, that as with any mobile app, it is not the same as the full site, and some important functions will not work on the app. You will still need to use a desktop computer for most functions, especially submitting assignments and reading instructor grading feedback.


Always check Modules and Announcements in the class Home page toolbar. Checking only from your Canvas Dashboard for assignments due in all classes means you will miss information essential to successful completion of this course.


In Canvas in general--

  • Know your system requirements and software capabilities, such as your word program and browser choices.
  • Log on to Canvas regularly to check for announcements, due dates, and more.
  • Make contingency plans for computer use if your computer and/or Internet service is unavailable.
  • Ask for help in a timely manner by contacting either the Canvas Help Desk or your instructor.
  • Canvas
  • Technology Help Desk


Course Description

English 201: The Research Paper develops skills required for writing research papers. Students learn research techniques, source analysis, thesis development, argumentation styles, and summarizing.


Course Theme

English 201 courses are based on a broad topic or theme, which for this class is sustainability. The theme gives us common ground as we read, analyze, and write from sources while also being intentionally broad enough to allow each student to choose a specific research paper topic of interest within that theme. Research topics from previous quarters have ranged from the effects of electronic media on child development to green prisons. You will propose a research question to carry through the three essays, conduct research from a variety of substantive sources, and ultimately answer your research question, which becomes the thesis of your research paper.


Course Outcomes

After completing this class, students should be able to write a humanities-style research paper which includes as part of the composition or process--

  • an objective summary of college-level material which identifies primary and supporting assertions
  • an evaluation of different types of evidence (i.e., tone/diction, logical reasoning)
  • a synthesis of source material with own writing
  • an original and clearly supported thesis
  • proper in-text citations and works-cited page
  • a breadth of varied primary sources which demonstrates a familiarity with library research skills


Grades on Canvas

Your complete course grade is posted on your Canvas class site. See Grades in the left tool bar of your class site.

Assignments and Points Possible

Essays: Essay Draft I (50), Essay Draft II (50), Essay Draft III (100)

Writing and Research Activities: Varies (125)

Module 0: Introduction to Canvas for 201 (25)

< Extra Credit: 5 points per module (25) >

Total Points: 350



Assignment Policies

Because each assignment builds on the skills developed in the previous assignment, it is important to complete work on time.

  • Assignments close at 11:59 PM on their due dates, after which Canvas and your instructor no longer allow submissions.
  • Note there are two common due date days each the week for this intensive summer quarter: Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Plan ahead to submit assignments to allow for any personal and/or technical problems that may arise. For your benefit, all assignments in this class are open at the beginning of the quarter, so you can plan when to complete them around your own schedule of work, college, and personal life. 
  • Assignments must be submitted correctly from their Canvas assignment pages. Do not use Canvas email, assignment Comments, BC email, or other Canvas functions to submit assignments.


Grading Scale

Final course grades at Bellevue College are posted as letter grades. For ease of calculation, grades are based on a percentage system throughout the quarter.

































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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.


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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.


Disability Resource Center (DRC)

The Disability Resource Center serves students with a wide array of learning challenges and disabilities. If you are a student who has a disability or learning challenge for which you have documentation or have seen someone for treatment and if you feel you may need accommodations in order to be successful in college, please contact us as soon as possible. 

  • The DRC office is located in B132 or you can call our reception desk at 425.564.2498.
  • Deaf students can reach us by Skype: the address is DRCatBC (NOTE: There is no @ is actually DRCatBC).
  • DRC Website


If you are a person who requires assistance in case of an emergency situation, such as a fire, earthquake, etc, please meet with your individual instructors to develop a safety plan within the first week of the quarter.


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 is located in the Library Media Center in D125.   
  • ASN Website



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 D-171 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 (Links to an external site.)


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. Public Safety 





Course Summary:

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