LRSE 0090: Learning Support English

Summer Term 2002, Section 30

General Information

Instructor: Dr. Mary Nielsen
Office:        215 Liberal Arts Building
Phone:       272-4569 or 1-800-829-4436
Web page:
Office Phone: 272-4569 
Office Hours: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in 315 Liberal Arts Building and by appointment;
other hours to be announced.
Midterm Date/Last Day to Drop Without Receiving a Failing Grade: July 8, 2002
Exit Exam Date: August 1

Course Description

This course prepares students for English 1100 by presenting a study of basic grammar including subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, verb tenses, sentence fragments, fused sentences, and comma splices.  Writing will include the four sentence patterns and basic paragraph development.  If the student completes the course with an average of 75 or better, he or she will be eligible to take the exit exam.

Required Materials

Fitzpatrick, Carolyn H., and Marybeth B. Ruscica.  The Complete Sentence Workout Book.  4th ed.  Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000.

A college dictionary, The American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd ed., hardbound or paperbound, is particularly recommended.

Manila folder in which to keep and save all graded work.

Student Learning Outcomes

Note:  Dalton State College’s General Education Outcomes are in italics.

1.      Students will increase their understanding of basic grammar.

2.      Students will gain an understanding of sentence patterns and write clear paragraphs and summaries.

3.      Students will increase their knowledge of elementary writing.

4.      Students will increase their knowledge of the parts of speech.

5.      Students will write reactions to end-of-chapter assignments.

6.      Students will organize and communicate knowledge and ideas in a logical and purposeful way.

7.      Students will recognize and use accepted patterns of punctuation.

8.      Students will use rudimentary computer research skills.

9.     Students will earn a numerical average of 75 so they will be eligible to take the exit exam.

10.     Students will make an S (Satisfactory) and be ready to take English 1100.

Attendance Policy

        The student must sign and return the Humanities Division Attendance Policy to the instructor.  Three tardies or early departures count as one-third of an absence.  Your attendance grade will be factored into your daily assignments.  You start the term with a 100% for attendance.  Ten points are subtracted for each absence, and 3 to 5 points are subtracted for arriving late or leaving early.  You are entitled to one absence without the reduction of points; however, if you miss the first day of class, this is your one “free” absence.  It is your responsibility to find out what you have missed if you are absent from class.  You must complete any make-up work or assignments on the same schedule as the rest of the class.  Being absent does NOT excuse you from tests or tasks on the day you return. 


Daily work and tests will be evaluated as follows:

Daily Assignments                     25%

Unit Tests                                 25%

Writing Assignments                 25%

Final Exam                               25%               

Total:            100%


Grading Scale and Exit Requirements

Class Work and Test Grading Scale:

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

D = 60-69

Below 60 = F

Students with a semester average of 75 or above will qualify to take the exit exam.  The exit exam and the semester grade will be averaged together, with the exit exam counting 50% and the semester grade counting 50%.  If the grades average out to a score of 75 or higher, the student will exit Learning Support English.  If the average of the two scores is below 75, the student will be required to continue with Learning Support English.

Grading Scale for report card grade:

S     Pass.  Satisfactorily completed the course

U     Fail.  Unsatisfactory progress in the course; continue in the course next semester

Make-up and Late Work

        Ten points are deducted for each calendar date (NOT class period) an assignment is late.  Missed tests may be made up with a valid excuse; however, these must be made-up within two days of returning to class.  Otherwise the grade will be a zero.

Extra Credit Opportunity

Students can earn extra credit (which can be used as a replacement grade for a homework assignment, paragraph assignment, or chapter test) by doing extra practice in the Writing Lab (315 LAB). This practice would include completing Writing Lab practice sheets and using grammar software available in the Writing Lab. Students can earn 20 points each week for any 5 weeks of the term by working with practice materials and/or software in the Writing Lab for 20 minutes each week. A maximum of 20 points can be earned each week.  The last day to earn extra credit points is Thursday, July 25.

Children at School

It is Dalton State College policy that no children attend class with parent or guardian.  We must abide by the rule.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities should contact the ACE Center to request reasonable accommodations for academic programs and other activities of Dalton State College.  Students must personally request services and provide adequate documentation that explains the disability.  Please allow a minimum of five business days for approved accommodations to be arranged.  Disability Support Services is located in the ACE Center on the lower level of the Pope Student Center.  Students who are unable to come to the ACE Center to request services should contact 272-2524 or email for assistance.

Workforce Development Statement

“If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops this class or completely withdraws from the College, the Add-Drop/Withdrawal form must be taken to the Workforce Development Office first.  The office is located in the Technical Education Building, Room 140, and the hours are 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon on Friday.  The phone number is 272-2635.”


Drop/Withdrawal Statement

“The last day to drop this class without penalty is October 30, 2002.  You will be assigned a grade of W.  After this date, withdrawal without penalty is permitted only in cases of extreme hardship as determined by the vice president for academic affairs; otherwise a grade of WF will be issued.  Students who wish to drop this class or withdraw from all classes should go to the Enrollment Services Office in Westcott Hall to complete the necessary form.  Students who fail to complete the official drop/withdrawal procedure will receive the grade of F.  Withdrawal from class is a student responsibility.  Before dropping any class, the college strongly advises that students meet with their academic advisor and their instructor to discuss the impact of a withdrawal on graduation plans.  The college also strongly advises students who are receiving any type of financial aid to visit the Financial Aid Office in the Pope Student Center to discuss the impact a withdrawal may have on their financial aid status.  The grade of W counts as hours attempted for the purposes of financial aid.


1.      All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner conducive to a positive learning environment. Class disturbances will not be accepted or tolerated. Cell phones and beepers must be turned off before entering the classroom.

2.      Students are expected to read all work that is assigned prior to class and to turn in all assignments on time.

3.      Students are expected to spend a minimum of 6 hours each week studying, reviewing, practicing, and reading course-related materials.

4.      Students are expected to bring their textbooks to every class.

5.      Students are expected to save all graded assignments in a class folder.  This folder with all graded assignments must be given to the instructor on the last day of class.  Students will not be able to exit the class without returning the graded assignments.

Syllabus Sign-Off Sheet: LRSE 0090 (Section 30)

Summer 2002, Nielsen

I have received and read this syllabus. I have had the opportunity to ask the instructor questions about the syllabus. I particularly understand that I must have a 75% or better average at the end of the term to be eligible to take the exit exam.  I understand that the exit exam is worth 50% of the final grade, and I understand that my average on the exit exam and my semester work must be 75% or higher to exit Learning Support English.  I understand the syllabus and agree to abide by its provisions.

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