Course Details

David Hodges, Writing Arts Adjunct Office, 5th Floor, 260 Victoria Street.

Home Office (856) 854-8385 / Cell Phone (856) 979-6653 / Text (856) 979-6653

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The “Early” Section (Section 13)
College Composition II – COMP 01112 13
CRN 24291

Time and Place
Mondays:          800-915 am     260 Victoria Street, Room 301
Wednesdays:    800-915 am     260 Victoria Street, Room 301

Office Hours

Mondays:          730-800 am  AND  9:15-1000 am at 260 Victoria Street, Room 301
Wednesdays:    730-800 am  AND  9:15-1000 am at 260 Victoria Street, Room 301

Professor Conferences
Make an appointment for any Monday or Wednesday at the Chart:
Professor Conference Chart

Your attendance in class is incredibly important to your success in this course. A writing class is a community and most classes will include collaborative work that cannot be replicated.

The policy below is the university’s attendance policy
The maximum number of permissible absences—both excused and unexcused—is six. You cannot earn credit for this course if you miss more classes than this. You may withdraw from the course before you have exceeded this number of absences or you will receive an F for the course.

You will be allowed to make up work for excused absences only, providing you have documentation.

Excused absences include: religious observances, official University activities, illness, death of a family member or loved one, inclement weather.

If you must miss class for any of the above or other excusable reasons, you must contact me as soon as possible. If extenuating circumstances force you to miss more than six classes, you must speak to me about the possibilities for accommodating you beyond this. Absences should be used with discretion because you never know when you will suddenly have to miss class.

Accommodation Statement
Not all students learn the same way. The federal government, through the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, tries to ensure that all students have a fair chance at being successful. If you have a documented disability that may have an impact upon your work in this class, please contact me.

If you had a 504 plan or an IEP in high school, then you may qualify for services in college. Students must provide documentation of disability to the Academic Success Center in order to receive official University services and accommodations. The Academic Success Center can be reached at 856.256.4234. The center is located on the 3rd floor of Savitz Hall. The staff is available to answer questions regarding accommodations or assist you in your pursuit of accommodations. We look forward to working with you to meet your learning goals.

Classroom Behavior Policy
The University Classroom Behavior Policy and Procedures can be found at

Academic Integrity

Ethical and Responsible Writing

One of the goals for this course is to increase your awareness of the ethical ramifications of writing and your ability to write ethically and responsibly. How to avoid unintentional plagiarism is a major component of this course. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to submit ethical writing. If you have any question about the use of sources and citations in your work, you should contact me prior to turning in the assignment.

Plagiarism, whether the intentional act of passing off someone else’s work as your own or the unintentional act where sources for material are not acknowledged due to a lack of familiarity with citation forms, is a serious violation of the principles of academic honesty. Acts of plagiarism include parts of as well as the whole of assignment. Students who submit plagiarized work will be subject to process and penalties of Rowan’s academic integrity policy.

This detailed policy, which outlines the varying levels of infractions and possible sanctions, can be found at

Department Policy on Previous Assignments

The Department of Writing Arts does not allow students to turn in the same writing assignment for more than one class. Students must receive express permission from both instructors when submitting writing or a substantial part of a written text previously submitted to another class. Not doing so is considered academic dishonesty and, may result in an F for that assignment and possibly an F for the semester.



You will produce a portfolio of your writing for this course that must include two polished Arguments along with drafts and revisions, a Research Position Argument, an Annotated Bibliography, a Visual Rhetoric assignment, and a Reflective Statement.

Your Final Portfolio will be graded as a whole. You will work on and revise the portfolio essays throughout the semester and must turn each draft in as assigned. But, while these drafts will be given individual reference grades, it is the Final Portfolio grade at the end of the semester that counts. Keep in mind that I pay close attention to the quality of revision in the Final Portfolio. The Guide to the First-Year Writing Program contains detailed instructions regarding the portfolio.

Important Reminder: Our hosting arrangement on the course blog includes automatic backup of all drafts. Earlier drafts can be compared to later drafts electronically, side by side, highlighted for changes. Professor feedback is also saved in the form of Replies to your posts.

Class Assignments and Exercises

In addition to essays, you will be required to participate in regular homework assignments and in-class writing exercises that are always practical and skills-based.

Professor Conferences

Once during the first half and once during the second half of the semester, you will meet me for scheduled one-on-one professor conferences. Make appointments on the Professor Conference Chart. I am available for an hour before class every day (500-615 pm every Monday and Wednesday) or by appointment. In addition, we will meet briefly during Finals Week for a Grade Conference. These conferences are considered in determining your class participation grade.

Student Support

Rowan Success Network

The Rowan Success Network powered by Starfish® is designed to make it easier for you to connect with the resources you need to be successful at Rowan. Throughout the term, you may receive email from the Rowan Success Network team (Starfish®) regarding your course grades or academic performance. Please pay attention to these emails and consider taking the recommended actions. Utilize the scheduling tools to make appointments at your convenience and keep an eye on your reminders and flags to track your progress and get help when needed. Additional information about RSN may be found at the Office of Academic Transition.

The Writing Center

The Rowan Writing Center is a space where all student writers can find support at every stage of the writing process. Whether it be invention strategies to get you started, organizing ideas or revising drafts, the center and its tutors provide a comfortable environment for success.

Meet with tutors face-to-face at the center for one-on-one or small group consultations. There are also two online options offered. The first is a synchronous, live session where students and tutors chat over an uploaded paper. The second are asynchronous sessions in which uploaded papers are reviewed within a specific timeframe (typically by the next day) with tutor comments.

The Writing Center is located on the 1st floor of the library. Make appointments by registering for an account at . Free accounts give students access to a list of tutors and their hours. Click on an open timeslot and fill out the form to request personal, live chat, or asynchronous sessions. Limited walk-in appointments are also available. For help with scheduling or any other questions, call 856-256-4376 or email

Suggestions for getting the most out of a 30- minute session:

  • Bring the writing assignment your instructor gave you.
  • Have a clean, hard copy of your draft.
  • If possible, make your appointment well before the due date to allow yourself time to revise.
  • Come prepared with some awareness of what specific concerns you have about your work.
  • Ask questions and, if the responses are not clear to you, ask more.

Web Resources


Unless otherwise indicated in the official assignment, the deadline for “weekend assignments” is Sunday just before midnight. The deadline for “midweek assignments” is midnight Tuesday.

Weekend Assignments:
For example, if an assignment is due before class MON JAN 28
the deadline for publishing your draft is 11:59PM SUN JAN 27.

Midweek Assignments:
For example, if an assignment is due before class WED JAN 30,
the deadline for publishing your draft is 11:59AM TUE JAN 29.


Portfolio Assignments:
The Short Arguments and other Portfolio items will undergo revisions during the semester, so grade penalties and deadlines are somewhat flexible. One thing is certain: Portfolio materials MUST be available for professor feedback and student revision WELL BEFORE the end of the semester. No student can pass the course whose work has not been reviewed early in the semester and thoroughly revised in response to feedback. The penalty, therefore, for failure to post drafts and revisions timely will be a grade of F.

Students who are not keeping up with the publication schedule will be advised to drop the course during the Withdrawal or Late Withdrawal periods to avoid ultimate failure.

Non-Portfolio Assignments:
The Stone Money Argument, the Purposeful Summary Assignment, the Critical Reading Assignment, and several other tasks are not eligible for Rewrites and will not be part of the end-of-season Portfolio. For these Non-Portfolio assignments, late penalties are severe but the impact is smaller than for Portfolio failure.  

  • Early posts are eligible for early feedback before the first draft is graded.
  • On-time posts published before midnight or noon on the due date: Full Credit
  • 0-24. Posts published within 24 hours of the deadline: 10% Grade Penalty
  • 24-48. Posts published 24-48 hours late: 20% Grade Penalty
  • 48+. Posts published more than 48 hours late: Maximum grade 50 for a perfect essay (can’t pass regardless of quality)

Grading Scale

F   (0-60)
D- (61-63)   /   D (64-67)   /   D+ (68-70)   /   C- (71-73)   /   C (74-77)    /   C+ (78-80)
B- (81-83)   /   B (84-87)   /   B+ (88-90)   /   A- (91-93)   /   A (94-97)   /   A+ (98-100)

Note that you must earn at least a D- to pass the course, but most majors require at least a C to graduate from the college.

Assessment Criteria for Final Grade

End of Semester Portfolio 75% Includes all the following:

  • 3000-word Research Position Argument
  • Annotated Bibliography for the semester’s research
  • Two 1000-word Short Arguments, with drafts and feedback
    • (The Short Arguments become components of the Research Position Argument)
  • Self-Reflective Statement
  • Visual Rhetoric Argument

Early Drafts of Portfolio Arguments 15%

Minor Assignments 10%


Very special circumstances only! Students in good standing with a B average at the time of their incapacity who suffer a serious illness, injury or pressing emergency which renders them unable to complete the required work for the course may be given a grade of I (incomplete) at the discretion of the professor and only by approved proposal.

Course Outline

A week-by-week schedule of all class activities is available as a separate document, always available on the blog, and updated as needed.