CSULA Department of English | Online Course Information

Spring 2008 

ENGL 102 Composition II (4)

Prof. Alison Taufer

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Course Description

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent. English 102 is designed to help you develop your critical reading and writing skills through the logical analysis of language and critical evaluation of arguments.  You will interpret and analyze a diverse range of texts, write and revise sustained arguments, carry out independent research, and integrate scholarly sources correctly and effectively into your essays.

The assignments for this course will consist of the following:

  • Selected readings from Andrea Lunsford’s Everything’s an Argument. 4th edition. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007
  • One short timed essay (750-900 words) to be written online during a specified time period
  • Two short argument papers (750-900 words)
  • One research paper (1400-1500 words, excluding documentation)
  • Three online drafts, one for each argument paper and one for the research paper
  • On-line participation
  • Short weekly assignments

Important Information Regarding the Online Version of ENGL 102:

Online Delivery – This course is delivered completely online through WebCT. There are no on-campus class meetings. Instead, all interaction between the students and the instructor take place in WebCT.  All assignments will be submitted through WebCT. You MUST REGISTER FOR THE COURSE ON GET AS YOU WOULD ANY OTHER COURSE.  You then must “self-register” for the course on WebCT. Self-registration on WebCT for ENGL 102 is NOT the same thing as registering for the course on GET. You must do both. You will be dropped from the on-line class if you self-register through WebCT without first registering through GET.

Self-registration on WebCT will take place the first week of spring quarter. As with traditional courses, you officially register in the course through GET, but to access the course after GET registration, you must self-register into WebCT as well. YOU MUST SELF-REGISTER INTO THE WEBCT COURSE IN ORDER TO ACCESS THE COURSE. Think of this as "checking into the course" once the quarter begins.   Self-registering on WebCT does not require extra registration fees.

YOU MUST SELF-REGISTER ON WEBCT ONCE THE SPRING QUARTER BEGINS (March 24, 2008)! Otherwise you will miss assignments and the class orientation.

Directions for self-registration into ENGL 102 on WebCT are as follows:

  1. Make certain that you have an internet connection and an up-to-date browser (for example: Netscape, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.).
  2. Go to the self-registration WebCT website.
  3. YOU MUST HAVE AN NIS ACCOUNT IN ORDER TO REGISTER AND LOGIN TO WEBCT 6.2.
  4. Once you have a WebCT ID, go back to the main WebCT site (listed in step #2 above) and click on the “Student” button.
  5. Click on “Course List” on the left-hand menu.
  6. Choose “View by term” and move from “default” to “Spring 2008”. Then click “Update” button (on the right hand side).
  7. Scroll down the window to the section in which you are enrolled (either 31 or 32): ENGL102 S08…. follow directions to self-register.
  8. Once you are self-registered, simply click on the “Login” button on the main WebCT page, fill in your WebCT ID and password, and you will be presented a link directly to the ENGL 102 site.

If you have problem with your self-registration, e-mail Askwbct-StudentUser.

A Student WebCT Workshop is held the first week of each quarter. These educational and informational workshops help students to effectively use WebCT.  I strongly recommend that you attend one of these workshops.

Note: In order to use WebCT, you must allow your browser to accept cookies. Do so before you log into WebCT. You can block cookies again after you log out of WebCT.

Note: In order to open up chapter notes and assignments, partake in online discussions and engage in online peer editing, you must allow your browser to accept pop up windows. Again, do so before you log into WebCT.  You can enable your pop up blocker after completing your WebCT session.

Note: In order to open the pdf files in which the lecture notes and assignments are located, you must install Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer.  

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If you have any questions, e-mail Professor Taufer at ataufer@calstatela.edu.

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