Serena Richards
Higher Education, Secondary Education, English Language Arts, Composition and Rhetoric, Grammar, Reading Foundation Skills
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    INRW 0315 Course Syllabi

    INRW 0315 Course Syllabi


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    Overview of the Course Content

    This is a resource for Integrated Reading and Writing, which is a course designed to help students expand on their reading and writing skills to master the TSI. This course is in conjunction with ENGL 1301. 

    Project Description

    This course is an integrated reading and writing course that is designed to assist students with their reading and writing skills. I am remixing this course from the traditional INRW course, which requires an expensive textbook, and allows me to maintain control of the content that is being offered to students. INRW collaborates with ENGL 1301, so using an OER text limits the amount students have to spend on textbooks. Offering OER materials to students who are underserved in the community will save the students and the college money and resources. I intend to collaborate with Dr. Leanne Lentschke to develop a textbook that will be beneficial to both INRW and dual credit students. 



    Course Redesign Plan

    My syllabus content is completely compliant to OER materials and availability. I have decided to use two OER textbooks, which can be found on LumenLearning and OpenOregon. I will also supplement several readings, which are also OER compliant, which are intended to teach students about the variety of writing styles and keep content "fresh" and "interesting." 

    The courses that I typically teach are dual credit or INRW courses. These are students of a specific population who have different experiences and expectations compared to "traditional" college students. Creating a course that is designed to be affordable and accessible will help ensure academic success in the classroom as we will not have to wait for books to arrive from the bookstores, mail, etc. Students will have first day access via the OER source. 

    This project will only contain the course syllabus and materials expected for the class. I will be using handouts and other materials, such as PowerPoints/ Prezis, that I have created to share with the class. 





    Course Syllabus

    Meeting Times





    Course Description

    Integration of critical reading and academic writing skills. Successful completion of this course fulfills TSI requirements for reading and/or writing. Additionally, this is a performance-based course designed to develop students' critical reading and academic writing skills. The focus of the course will be on applying critical reading skills for organizing, analyzing, and retaining material and developing written work appropriate to the audience, purpose, situation, and length of the assignment. The course integrates preparation in basic academic reading skills with basic skills in writing a variety of academic essays. Prerequisite: INRW 0405 or meet TSI standard for INRW 0315; or equivalent. If you do not meet placement requirements, check with the instructor to request consent. 3 credit hours. (D)

    This section is a corequisite course which requires concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1301.22Q CRN: 22276 which meets MW 2:30p-3:45pm. This course will be delivered on campus with required face-to-face class meetings, with some use of technology embedded through the Learning Management System (LMS).

    Contact Information

    Instructor of Record: 



    Course Textbook

    This course is based upon standards of Open Education Resources. That means students do not need to purchase textboook materials for this class. Students are required to complete all readings prior to coming to class. The instructor will provide links to the readings and materials on Canvas. 

    The textbooks we will be using in this course are: 

    Basic Reading and Writing  and

    The Word on College Reading and Writing

    There will be additional readings in each course module that you will be required to complete. 

    Other Course Needs

    Please make sure that you have access to internet, a laptop, Microsoft Word, and a file back-up system (a flash drive, Cloud, etc.) 

    • All assignments are to be submitted in Word (.doc, .docx) format. PDF and Google docs will not be permitted as formatting alters and I cannot leave feedback on your document on Canvas. 
    • Re-submissions will not be allowed. Please do not ask. Follow the guidelines of the course and the syllabus. 
    • If your internet service is down, the parking tower available on every campus has a free mobile hotspot. Please contact the Help Desk for more information. 
    • If you need access to a laptop, the library has some available for use. Please reach out to the Help Desk or one of our librarians for assistance. 

    Course Policies 

    Communication guidelines: Email is the best way to contact me. You can email me at X. I do not respond to students at any other address. I try to respond to student email within 24 hours on weekdays and 72 hours on weekends. I do not respond to student email when the college is closed. 

    Attendance: Class attendance and participation are important to doing well in this course. I take attendance every class meeting at the beginning of class. If you are late for class, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are not marked absent. In fall/ spring classes, if students have more than five (5) absences, I reserve the right to drop the student. If students in accelerated courses (summer, XP) more than two absences may result in failure of the course. 

    Work guidelines: All work in this course is governed by the Collin Student Handbook. All work submitted for this course must be yours and original to this course. The works of others must be cited in your project to protect the authenticity of the author. Failure to comply may result in failure of the course and DOS documentation. Please do not plagiarize or use AI in this course. You will be unsuccessful in your endeavors for this course. 

    Late policies: Every week, you will complete assignments that you will submit online. I do not accept late work. Please do not email me your assignments as I will not open them and I will not assess them. The only way to have your work graded is through your submission on Canvas. Please do not ask for preferential treatment in submitting late work. If I will not accept late work for the entire class, I cannot accept late work from one person. 

    Grading turn around: Major projects will be returned within two weeks after due date. Daily work will be returned within one week. 

    Regarding extra credit: Please do not email me seeking extra credit. If I choose to implement extra credit, I will provide extra credit for the entire class, not just select students. Emails that request extra credit will not receive a response. 

    Students must follow MLA 9 formatting for papers to receive full credit. Failure to meet these formatting guidelines results in an automatic 50 for the assignment. 

    I will not discuss your grades with your parents, neighbors, Great-aunt Gertrude, or your Nana. Won't happen. If you have questions about your grade, please review the rubric, feedback, and send me an email. Let's conference. 

    Grade Grubbing: Grade grubbing occurs when students are unhappy with the grade that they have earned in a class. This usually entails emails begging for additional work, re-assessment, extra credit, "just give me a couple extra point" kind of emails. Please do not do this. At all. I will not respond to these emails and I will not "give" you any points. Each grade is earned in this course. You must put forth an effort to earn the grade you wish to receive. 

    AI: Do not use computer generated means of creating assignments in my class. Each infraction will be turned over to the Dean of Students. One of the basic tenets of this class is to become ethical writers. It is NOT ethical to have a computer write a paper for you and you claim it as your own. 

    Incomplete grades: Offered in extreme cases 

    The last day to withdraw from the course is X. Please speak with me prior to making the decision to withdraw. Census date is X.

    Syllabus and calendar is subject to change to fit the needs of the class. There will be assignments that are given in class to supplement the content taught in class. Not all of these assignments will be listed on the syllabus. Attendance in class is required and your responsibility. Make up assignments will not be offered. 

    Classes will meet face to face unless denoted by an announcement, email, or arrangements made during class. 

    Lab Requirement:  Sixteen (16) lab units are required to complete the course successfully.  This is a college-wide requirement and it is not specific to this course, but to all English 1301 and 1302 courses.  The lab requirement is an integral part of these writing courses. Failure to complete all of the lab requirements will result in students failing the course. 

    Over the course of the semester, students will need to complete lab assignments and activities to meet the lab requirement. This lab work is not the same as regular daily coursework that students must complete to stay on track in class; it is, instead, designed as additional critical thinking and writing-focused activities that will help students improve their writing throughout the term. Sixteen (16) lab units are required to complete the course successfully. This is a college-wide requirement specific to all English 1301 and 1302 courses.

    During the semester, each student will need to track and provide evidence of completing these lab requirements outside of class. Faculty are required to maintain records of lab completion. Individual professors may design and assign lab activities and assignments. Some lab options include writing center workshops, writing center tutoring sessions, professor conferences, on- campus events, written lab assignments, out-of-class peer edits, audience analysis activities, professional letters, and grammar/writing exercises.

    Students may not record any part of the class (class content, fellow students, or the professor) without the professor’s prior written permission, and that there is no sharing or posting of course materials without express written permission from the course professor.

    You will be required to use trustworthy, college-level sources—specifically academic and scholarly peer- reviewed texts. While you may use encyclopedias and dictionaries for general information, you should not quote from them or use them as sources unless they are specialized encyclopedias (e.g. The Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature) or The Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Please note that Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia, and it should not be used in college (even according to the creators of the website)—see here. “Wikipedia is the best thing ever.” #Sarcasm #TheOffice 


    Collin College Library, Databases, & Academic Research:

    Introduction to Academic Research:


    Everything you write is a reflection of you.

    1. Remember that you are emailing your professor. While email is used as a common form of communication, you must remember your audience—you should never write to your professor in the same informal manner you would use when writing to a close friend or family member. Be professional—spell check and proofread your emails before sending them, and always use a formal tone. Everything you write is a reflection of you and your work.

    2. Include a proper greeting (e.g. Dear Dr. Richards, Good morning, Dr. Richards, etc.—“Hey” is not appropriate) and an appropriate closing/signature (i.e. Sincerely, Alex Doe or Thank you, Chris Jones).

      Always address your professor by his or her title and last name (unless he or she advises you otherwise) and remember to include your complete name for your signature (your professors teach more than one class each semester, and they may have more than one “Alex” or “Chris” in their classes). Do not use “Mrs.” to address a female professor unless she has specifically advised you to do so—such an assumption may be considered sexist.

    3. Choose an appropriate subject heading. Include the course name and section number in the subject heading along with the topic/reason for your email (e.g. English 2322.296—Question about Essay #1).

    4. Never send attachments, unless an attachment is specifically requested.

    5. Use Collin eMail. Collin College requires students and faculty to communicate via official College email addresses. To email any of your professors, you will need to use your free Collin email. For help with your new email account:

    Please follow the above rules, and good common sense whenever emailing me or any of your other professors (or bosses, etc.). Sloppy or unsigned emails may not receive a response. You should expect a response to your email within 24 hours (excluding weekends or holidays—this is the standard email policy). Whenever possible, you will receive a response in a shorter amount of time. Plan ahead and do not wait until the last minute to ask a question or to request a meeting. Do not send multiple emails unless you have not received a response after following the above guidelines and waiting at least 48 hours, excluding weekends.


    Please make appointments in advance—the Writing Center gets quite busy at times, so please remember to plan ahead. Please note—the Writing Center staff is NOT there to edit and correct papers for students. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that he or she learns from these sessions and makes needed revisions (be sure to follow the course/specific assignment requirements first and foremost, and share this information with the tutor at the start of the session—bring your assignment sheet). Take notes!

    Also, please remember to focus on higher-order concerns before addressing lower-order concerns. The Writing Center staff and Collin faculty also offer a series of free Writing Workshops throughout the semester to help facilitate student progress in this and other writing-based courses.

    Access all campus Writing Centers, including online tutoring here: ACCESS

    Collin College has purchased the premium account for your use over the next 12-months. Grammarly is an Artificial Intelligence-powered writing assistant that will help you improve your writing by correcting errors and suggesting ways of strengthening your sentence structure.


    Regarding plagiarism, please review the Dean of Students' Office Plagiarism and Citation guide:


    Collin College prioritizes the health and safety of students, employees, and campus visitors. In compliance with state orders, we cannot require students, staff, or faculty to wear masks on campus. However, we encourage the campus community to wear masks indoors. 

    Student Reporting Procedure


    Accessibility Statement

    Collin College is committed to providing a standard educational experience for all students. Collin College adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity.

    The ACCESS (Accommodations at Collin College for Equal Support Services) Office offers “a variety of services that offer equal opportunities for qualified students with a disability.” If a student has a disability (learning, physical, or technological) that may affect his or her ability to learn the material in this course, the students should get in touch with the ACCESS Office.

    It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-D140 or 972.881.5898 (V/TTD: 972.881.5950) to arrange for appropriate accommodations. See the current Collin Student Handbook for additional information.

    Preston Ridge ACCESS Office: Founders Hall F-144 972-881-5950

    **Please Note: In order to receive accommodations, students must have an active ACCESS on file with the instructor. Students are wholly responsible for coordinating with the ACCESS office re: distribution.

    Method of Evaluation

    Your grade will be factored by: 

    • 25% Participation, quizzes, discussions, in-class writing assignments. You will write and create smaller projects each week. These weekly activities include reading responses, text analysis, and reflections, as well as working on your major projects. 
    • 10% Lab component
    • 5% Final Exam
    • 60% Four major writing projects
      • OpEd
      • Summarizing
      • Meme Project 
      • Collaborative Film Analysis 

    Grading System

    A= 90-100

    B= 80-89

    C= 70-79

    F= 59- below 

    Students in INRW courses may not receive a "D" in this course. You must earn a 70 or higher for credit in this class. 

    Course Calendar 

    Calendar is subject to change based on the needs of the students in the class. 


    Readings are available in each week's module. 

    Weeks 1 and 2: 


    Weeks 3 and 4: 

    Weeks 5 and 6: 

    Weeks 7 and 8: 

    Weeks 9 and 10: 

    Weeks 11 and 12:

    Weeks 13 and 14: 

    Finals Week: 




    Basic Reading and Writing Text. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


    The Word on College Reading and Writing. Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial.


    Collin College Logo. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.