English 1100, Summer 2002 Syllabus

General Information

Instructor: Dr. Mary Nielsen
Office:        225 Liberal Arts Building
Phone:       272-4569 or 1-800-829-4436
Email:         mnielsen@em.daltonstate.edu
Web page: www.daltonstate.edu/faculty/mnielsen/
Office Phone: 272-4569 
Office Hours: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday & Wednesday in 315 Liberal Arts Building;
                  Monday - Thursday, 8:30 - 10:30 in 315 Liberal Arts Building; and by
Midterm Date/Last Day to Drop Without Receiving a Failing Grade: July 8, 2002


To improve communications skills for effective performance in the business world, both in writing and in speaking.

Course Description

ENGL 1100 is a basic course in effective use of oral and written communication skills related to the student’s vocational-technical program and designed to enable the student to organize, compose, and revise reports, business letters, and other forms of business communication.

Required Materials

Text: Barth, Melissa. Harbrace College Workbook, Form C: Writing for the World
          of Work

         American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd or 4th edition (paperback acceptable)

         A manila folder

Course Objectives

ENGL 1100 will enable students to improve in planning, outlining, writing, and revising business communications, both written and oral, in Standard English.  Organization, unity, clarity, and effectiveness are stressed as are grammar, sentence structure, diction, and mechanics.

Student Learning Outcomes

Class Content

1.  Introduction to the media center

2.  Use of the dictionary

3.  Grammar and mechanics--review of parts of speech and punctuation through various

     exercises in text

4.  Spelling and vocabulary--a study of word composition and often misspelled words,

     use of words

5.  Written communication--business letters, memos, job applications

6.  Oral communication--daily class participation, mock job interviews, phone
class presentations

Class Evaluation

The average of tests, reports, presentations, and other assignments will count as 75% of the course grade, and the final exam counts as 25%.  If you miss a test or presentation, you have 2 class days to make it up.  If the test is not made up, it becomes a 0.  The responsibility for scheduling a time for make-up work lies with the student.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out the assignment and to come to class prepared.  Ten points are deducted for each class period that an assignment is late.

Grading Scale

A = 90-100%

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

D = 60-69%

F = Below 60%

Attendance Policy

        Students must sign and return the Humanities Division Attendance Policy to the instructor.  Three tardies or early departures count as one-third of an absence.  Leaving at the break will count as one-half of an absence.

Extra Credit Opportunity

Students can earn extra credit (which can be used as a replacement grade for a low score on any assignment except the oral presentation and final exam) by doing supplemental practice in the Writing Lab (315 Liberal Arts Building). 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.

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 mandrews@em.daltonstate.edu 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 coming to class.

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.


Syllabus Sign-Off Sheet: ENGL 1100,

Summer 2002, Nielsen

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