English 105 Course Roadmap

Composition & Rhetoric I

CSU Channel Islands

Dr. Stacey Anderson, Instructor

Catalogue Description

Instruction and practice in writing university-level expository and persuasive prose. The subject matter of the course will be thematic and variable. The focus of the course is development of proficiency in conceptualizing, analyzing and writing academic papers. Substantial writing is required. GenEd: A2,

Course Overview

English 105 is a three-unit, graded course that fulfills the General Education Requirement for English Writing (A-2). In CI's New

G.E. Goals and Outcomes, the course is aligned with Outcome 4.2 (Written Communication).

ENGL 105 is an accelerated course focused on intensive research-based writing. Students who enroll in this course should feel prepared to begin a research project, including locating resources in Broome Library’s academic databases, in the first week of the semester.

Contact Your Instructor

  • My office location is Bell Tower West 1122 (805-437-3291). You will typically find me there Tuesday - Friday between 8:00am and 8:45am. We can also schedule an appointment to meet in person or virtually. Just ask.
  • The best way to reach me is via email: stacey.anderson@csuci.edu. I will also contact you via your campus email, so please check that daily.
  • All course materials and updates will be available on my CI Keys Page: http://staceyanderson.cikeys.com/
  • I will typically respond to student emails Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. Messages that arrive outside these times will receive responses the next business day.
  • Students are welcome to address me as Dr. A or Dr. Anderson. I look forward to working with you!

Course Goals

1. Critical Thinking: Students will achieve the following:

· an ability to analyze written work

· an ability to frame conclusions from a range of information

· an ability to predict outcomes based on known information

2. Communication Skills: Students will achieve the following:

· an ability to more clearly and more effectively write academic papers

· an ability to effectively and convincingly verbalize their ideas

· an ability to work collaboratively in group processes

· an ability to write effectively for a variety of audiences

· an ability to make appropriate rhetorical choices of genre, diction and style

3. Research Skills: Students will gain the following:

· a familiarity with CI library resources

· a proficiency with basic computing skills

· an ability to discern valid conclusions in research

· a familiarity with major databases

· an ability to design, conduct and evaluate a research project

4. Self Development:
Students will develop

· an ability to reflect cogently on the way learning contributes to personal and intellectual growth

Student Expectations

  • You will be given the opportunity for a deep and extended experience with college writing.
  • You will discuss possibilities, strategies and decisions with your peers and the teacher.
  • You will work through multiple drafts toward revised and edited versions of your papers.
  • You will build working relationships with other student writers, in peer response groups and while working on collaborative projects.
  • You will work on multiple writing projects at the same time.

Student Requirements

  • This class will ask you to complete multiple assignments on your own time, and you will typically be working on several projects simultaneously.
  • You should plan to spend about 10 hours a week on your work for this course. Take time to identify where and when you’ll do your learning.
  • Collaborative work is a significant part of this course. Your interactions with classmates will take place face to face as well as online.
  • Any sources that you draw upon in your papers must be cited. This includes any material that you quote directly (word for word), paraphrase (put into your own words), or summarize. No exceptions.
  • Both papers in your final portfolio must cite and extensively integrate a bare minumum of two substantial, credible sources, using MLA format, or you will fail the portfolio and not pass the class.
  • All of your writing for this class will be completed on a computer. All drafts of all assignments will be submitted online on assigned due dates. From time to time, you will be asked to print out your papers as well.
  • You must have a campus email account and access to CI Keys. You are expected to check your email at least once a day. Ideally, you will set up your smartphone or laptop, if you have one, to automatically receive campus email the moment it is delivered. Clear communication is key to successful completion of our writing courses.
  • You must have some way of saving your drafts. Not just on your laptop, but on a separate thumb drive or cloud-based storage system. My CI provides cloud based storage for all students (Dolphin Files).
  • Please review our course materials to orient yourself to the flow of learning in the class. This class requires regular engagement throughout the semester.

Principles of Learning

  • You will learn only as much, or little, as you choose to learn.
  • Each of you has a unique learning style, so not every assignment will appeal to everyone. But the variety should provide you with a chance to show what you're capable of doing.
  • The more often you collaborate with your classmates--in discussion, in study groups, on papers--the richer the experience will be for you.
  • Writing, you will discover, is always a collaborative process.
  • You will teach yourself more than I teach you.
  • You will learn more from each other than you do from me.
  • All of you are capable of succeeding in this class; my job is to help you succeed.

Disabilities Statement

CSUCI is committed to equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The mission of Disability Accommodation Services is to assist students with disabilities to realize their academic and personal potential. Students with physical, learning, or other disabilities are encouraged to contact the Disability Accommodation Services office at (805) 437-8510 for personal assistance and accommodations.

Final Grade Breakdown

20%: Engagement and Collaboration

20%: Drafting and Revision

60%: Final Portfolio (graded by composition faculty, not Dr. A)


60 % of your final grade will be determined by your portfolio score, to be assessed by other members of the composition faculty. 20% of your final grade will be determined by your level of engagement in all course activities and collaboration with peers (both face to face and online). 20% of your final grade will be determined by your commitment to the drafting and revision process throughout the term.

  • Assigned papers will go through multiple drafts during the semester, with the final version submitted in a final portfolio at the end of the semester.
  • Final portfolios will be evaluated by the composition team using the program's scoring criteria (see Writing Criteria in the First Year Writing Program at CI, below).
  • Final grades for the course will be A through F; at the discretion of the instructor, plusses and minuses may be added to all grades but F.
  • Throughout the semester, you will receive abundant feedback on your papers from your classmates and instructor. You will have the entire semester to revise and polish your papers for the final portfolio so they represent your best capabilities as a writer.
  • To earn credit for ENGL 105, you must complete ALL assignments, whether or not you include them in your final portfolio.
  • Your final portfolio is due the last week of class. Because the composition faculty begins scoring immediately, no late portfolios can be accepted.
  • The portfolio will consist of two papers, both of which have been revised and edited several times. You will be asked to provide drafts that demonstrate that the work is your own--not borrowed from other texts, students, or the Internet.
  • Both papers in your final portfolio must cite and extensively integrate a bare minumum of two substantial, credible sources, using MLA format, or you will fail the portfolio and not pass the class. You must pass the final portfolio in order to fulfill CI's first year writing requirement.

Writing Criteria in the First Year Writing Program at CI

Click above to view our program's scoring criteria, which are used to assess all student writing, including final portfolios.

Technology Requirements & Support

  • Students must have regular access to a computer (not a mobile device). Laptops may be checked out for one week at a time from Broome Library.
  • Students must have regular access to the internet in order to access course materials, submit assignments, and engage in collaborative activities.
  • All course materials will be available via the instructor's CI Keys site. Students will also create their own CI Keys sites to post their work for the course.
  • Student computers must include a recently upgraded web browser (ideally Firefox or Chrome).
  • If you run into technical problems, try to clear your browser’s cache; try a different browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome); or try to shut down and restart your computer.
  • If problems persist, contact the University Help Desk.

Online Etiquette

The following groundrules will be in effect at all times to help us sustain a respectful and productive learning community throughout the semester:

  • Please consider yourself a member of a learning community. As a community, we are all working together towards our shared objective of successfully completing the goals of this course.
  • Please log in and participate regularly in our online, collaborative activities and discussions. The success of this course depends on the active, engaged participation and distinctive contributions of every community member. If you don’t participate regularly,you will find that the course moves forward without you and will likely find it difficult to become re-engaged.
  • Sharing our thoughts and ideas online requires trust of our fellow community members. Please treat the contributions of others with respect.
  • The technologies we will work with in this class are amazing tools but can also present frustrations from time time. Please maintain a sense of humor and patience when working with these tools. Learning to deal gracefully with the unexpected is a valuable skill you can gain in this course.
  • Everyone in this class, including the instructor, is expected to maintain the attitude of a lifelong learner. Please keep an open mind when introduced to new ideas that may challenge your previously held notions or perceptions.
  • Always ask for help when you need it, and please assist others when possible. You will be amazed by what you can learn when you help teach someone else.
  • Please understand that communications shared through text have a higher likelihood of being misinterpreted than words that are spoken. When you type a thought or a comment, read it carefully before you submit it. If you question the way it is worded, read it out loud to yourself. If you still question the way it's phrased, re-write it. Remember that you can’t unring a bell.
  • If, at any time, you feel that any groundrule has been violated by a member of our community, you are encouraged to bring your concern directly and immediately to Dr. Stacey Anderson, our community leader. Clearly identify which groundrule has been violated and include specific evidence of the violation. Your concerns will be addressed promptly and in an individualized manner.

Late Work

  • If you keep up with the work, this class is not difficult. If you get behind, the workload may bury you. Although you won't assemble your final portfolio until late in the semester, you will nonetheless need to submit completed drafts of assigned papers on the assigned due dates in order to receive timely and helpful feedback from the instructor and your peers. Late portfolios will not be accepted.
  • If you are finding it difficult to keep up with the workload, it is in your best interest to contact your instructor as soon as possible to see if you can get back on track. A repeated pattern of late or missing drafts may prevent you from submitting a final portfolio.


  • All students are expected to abide by the University Policy on Class Attendance. This important policy includes the statement that students “are expected to attend class regularly” and outlines student responsibilities in communicating with the instructor in the event of an absence.
  • It is imperative that you consider our class meetings as non-negotiable appointments. Many students have failed this class in the past because of failure to attend class regularly.
  • If anything is going to interfere with your ability to attend one of our class meetings, you must inform the instructor immediately so that alternate arrangements may be made.
  • Students must arrive promptly and stay for the duration of each class meeting.
  • Please understand that failing to show up for a class meeting without prior communication to your instructor and group mates would be very disruptive and should be avoided at all costs. If an unexpected conflict arises, communicating with your instructor and group mates, as soon as possible, is essential.
  • Failing to attend class meetings could prevent you from being able to submit a final portfolio and pass the course.

Common Courtesy in Class Meetings

  • Phones should be stowed away during class meetings unless we are using phones as a tool in our activities. Your full attention will help us make the most of our time together.
  • Please refrain from texting, social media, and other distracting activities when others are taking the time to work with you.
  • You may be using a laptop or tablet when we are meeting face to face. Just be sure to avoid the habit of drifting over to any site or work not related to our course.
  • No smoking of any kind--including electronic cigarettes--is permitted during our meetings. Please also refrain from any kind of smoking before entering our classroom, as this can trigger asthma in the instructor.
  • Respect for the rights of others seeking to learn and for the general goals of academic freedom must be maintained. Differences of viewpoint or concerns should be expressed in terms that show respect even in dissent. Student conduct that disrupts the learning process will not be tolerated.
  • Treating your colleagues with respect and courtesy will foster a productive learning environment.


  • All students are expected to abide by the University Policy on Academic Dishonesty.
  • All work that students submit as their own work must, in fact, be their own work. If a paper presents ideas or information from other sources, it must clearly indicate the source.
  • Word-for-word language taken from other sources -- books, papers, web sites, interviews, conversations, etc. -- must be placed in quotation marks and the source identified. Paraphrased material must be cited.
  • In accordance with the CSU Channel Islands policy on academic dishonesty, students who knowingly plagiarize ideas or language will fail the course. Students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if they have questions about what might constitute an act of plagiarism or cheating.about what might constitute an act of plagiarism or cheating.

Portfolio Review

Student portfolios will be subject to instructor review prior to portfolio collection. Faculty reserve the right to reject a student’s portfolio for the following reasons:

  1. Excessive student absences
  2. Late, incomplete, or missing drafts over the course of the semester
  3. Failure to fulfill the requirements of essay assignments (including number and/or quality of sources, in-text citations, Works Cited, or other required components)
  4. Student cannot provide multiple drafts demonstrating that the work is the student’s own, produced expressly for this course

If a student’s portfolio is rejected, the student will not be able to pass the class.

Final Portfolios

  • You must pass portfolio review in order to submit a portfolio for scoring.
  • Final portfolios are due during the last week of classes. No late portfolios can be accepted.
  • Your portfolio will consist of your two strongest papers, revised and edited several times.
  • Both papers in your final portfolio must cite and extensively integrate a bare minumum of two substantial, credible sources, using MLA format, or you will fail the portfolio and not pass the class. You must pass the final portfolio in order to fulfill CI's first year writing requirement.
  • Classes do not meet during finals week. This is when the composition faculty scores portfolios.

Writing & Multiliteracy Center (WMC)

Location: Broome Library, 2nd Floor, Room 2675

Hours: M-Tu 10-6pm; W-Th 10-8pm; Fri 10-3pm

The Writing and Multiliteracy Center (WMC) provides all CI students with FREE support services and programs that help them become more effective writers and communicators. Peer writing consultants help students at any stage of the composition process in any discipline. Students are also welcome to bring in other types of non-academic work such as resumes, letters of application, and personal statements. Online writing consultants will also work with you if you don’t live on campus or if you have trouble physically getting to the Center. Speaking groups help students who want to talk about or wish to learn new skills in speaking in academic contexts, whether it's oral presentations, in-class discussions, or talking with professors during office hours. To make an appointment to see a consultant or learn more, visit http://www.csuci.edu/wmc. You can also go directly to the Center or call (805) 437-8934.

Most writing is rewriting.

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