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English 1010: Composition I Online

Course Information


Instructor: Kathleen Beauchene, Professor of English
Office: Flanagan (Lincoln) Campus - Room #1214
Office Hours:  Summer 2011  

To contact me during the summer session, please email me.

Phone: 401-333-7389
E-mail Preferred contact method.
 Other Contact Methods: 401-333-7372 (Flanagan Campus, Lincoln, English Dept.)
401-825-2262 (Knight Campus, Warwick, English Dept.)

Welcome to the distance learning version of Composition I that meets fully online using Blackboard 9.1 as our learning management system. No on-campus visits are required of you...just your weekly visit to our Blackboard site.

At any point in the course, if you need personalized assistance, you can contact me during my office hours or stop by to chat. You can also email me at any time. Please note that you are not "bothering me, harassing me, annoying me" by asking me questions. Feel free to ask me questions, even if they seem silly to you. I will respond politely and promptly, usually within 24 hours. 

To ensure that you have a positive course experience, I recommend reading through this course policies page carefully to get an understanding  about how the course is designed and how you can best meet course objectives.

Many students ask to see a weekly syllabus. However, the current semester's weekly syllabus is available ONLY at our Blackboard (Bb) site as it contains various course links. Email me at to be sent an example of a weekly schedule based on a previous semester. The remainder of this document should provide you with  necessary course information , including important policies, outcomes, and types of assignments.

Additionally, to determine if taking a distance learning course matches your learning style, please review the remainder of this document and visit this Distance Learning page and take some of the self-assessment tests. (For further information about distance learning at CCRI, review the Distance Learning Site for students.)

To ensure that your computer is ready for this course, please check out basic computer requirements. Although not stated as a requirement, use the latest version of Firefox as your browser.


Being registered for this course automatically registers you into the Bb course component, where you will find the course syllabi, assignments, and resources.

However, you will only be able to gain access once I make the course available. At that time, I will send you an email indicating that that the course awaits you.  Please follow the written log-in directions or watch this quick video.

If you have any difficulty,  you can contact me or the Help Desk (825-1112).

Once you gain access to Blackboard, you will be required to take a non-graded Blackboard orientation test to ensure that you understand the policies and procedures of the course. You will not be able to continue in the course until you have completed the test.


The Bedford Guide for College Writers, 8th edition by X.J. Kennedy and others. The text can be purchased from the CCRI bookstore or from, or even from a site like eBay. Be sure that you purchase the edition with the Reader, Research Manual, and Handbook combined. You may purchase either the hardcover of softcover version.


This freshman-level writing course fulfills the writing requirement for most students. The college catalog provides a full description.


At the end of the course, students are expected to possess specific knowledge about the writing process and exhibit specific writing skills.


1. Read assigned sections of the course text. These assignments are listed on our Bb site.

2. Complete and email essays, homework, and tests based on the timeline provided  on our Bb website. At that site, I provide you with specific details about the assignments themselves and how to submit them, such as emailing essays to me as an attachment to my address. If at any time, you are unsure about your computer skills, please contact me and I will either direct you to a specific resource at the site or find the information you need. You do not need to be a computer geek to take this course! Remember the computer is just a tool, like pen and paper, so don't let it inhibit your performance in this course.

3. Check the Bb site on a weekly basis for announcements and updates that will be posted to the Main Discussion Board. Here you can ask questions about course assignments, Bb functions or problems, or general course information.

4. Contribute to the Graded Discussion Board, which is our virtual classroom, about writing-related topics that I will post. (Bb automatically keeps track of student visits.) Submitting homework, essays, and quizzes--is not enough. You need to be part of this course. You need to make your voice heard on the Graded Discussion Board. Doing so factors into your participation grade.

5. Demonstrate appropriate online etiquette. From your own online experiences, you may have already discovered that people don't always communicate the same way they do in a face-to-face environment. For example, they may email or post items that are inappropriate (i.e., rude) in content or tone. My basic advice is to think before you write when you email or post to our discussion board. Also, when you send an email or post to the discussion board, you may not receive an immediate response. In my case, I check my email frequently (even on most weekends), but I have other commitments (such as 4 other courses to teach) so I may not be able to give you an immediate reply. If you are concerned about your email getting lost in cyberspace, you can request a "read receipt" from your email program so that you will know that I have at least received it.

6. CCRI email is the official manner in which I will communicate with you. Therefore, be sure to check your CCRI email frequently.


1.  Your final grade in the course will be based on the results of the following:

2.  With the MyGrades feature of Bb, you can see your grades for individual assignments. Please review your grades frequently to ensure that I haven't forgotten to record them. At the end of the semester, I  calculate your grade based on the following percentages:

50%   -   Essays

25%   -   Homework

15%   -   Quizzes

10%   -   Participation (Graded Discussion Board Postings)

IMPORTANT: New Financial Aid Guidelines require that final grades of NA (no assessment), NS (no show), WP or WF (Withdrawal Passing/Failing) be accompanied by a date. If that date is prior to a particular point in the semester, then your financial aid may be jeopardized and/or you may end up owing money to CCRI. Therefore, should you decide not to participate, be sure to drop the course through MyCCRI.

3.  Factors that will negatively affect your grade.

(a) Plagiarism
An online course like this one requires the highest standard of academic honest and integrity Once you enter this class, you must agree to do all of your own work. If you use outside sources--another's words, ideas, or material--you must show documentation using the guidelines of the Modern Language Association (see our text for specific information). If essays are submitted that have been partially or entirely plagiarized, a grade of Zero will be assigned. A Zero assigned as an essay grade usually results in a failing grade for the course. Please read the College's Policy on Academic Dishonesty for further information. Examples of plagiarism include: 

  • Copying someone else's assignment or paper and submitting it as your own.

  • Buying and submitting another student's work or a professionally prepared paper as if it is your own. Copying or paraphrasing words, phrases, sentences, passages without attributing them to the source where you found them.

  • Using someone else's ideas without giving credit.

  • Collaborating on assignments with someone else without the permission of the instructor. 

(b) Late Work
Some students have difficulty with the internet format as they are unable to adhere to deadlines. Late assignments will be appropriately downgraded and after a certain time will not be accepted at all. You have a three-day grace period for writing assignments (homework and essays). After the grace period, the grade for that assignment will be reduced by one letter grade. If an assignment is going to be late, you should contact me immediately. Specific assignments and their accompanying due dates are available at our Bb site under the Weekly Schedule. (I have also include a master schedule that you can review and print out, if necessary, to keep yourself on track.) However, as in all courses, the schedule may change so it is essential that you visit the course at least once a week.

If you are having a problem meeting the course requirements or submitting work promptly, contact me immediately. Waiting to contact me will affect your credibility and jeopardize your grade.  You can email me from the email address of your choosing (such as ccri, gmail, aol, cox). Within Bb, CCRI email is the default, so you can email me from there as well. I will reply to whatever email address you have selected.

(c) Not Reading/Following Directions
Essays and homework need to be submitted in sequence. That is, you need to submit Essay 1 before Essay 2. The essay assignments, in particular, become more complex as the course progresses. In effect, one helps you prepare for the other. For that reason, you cannot submit essays in lump fashion. That is, you cannot send in all essays at the same time! Doing so is not academically sound as you will not be getting the necessary feedback to develop your writing skills. 

Each assignment must be submitted to me in a certain manner. Each assignment must be saved with your last name and the name of the assignment, as in Smith, HW1. You will use that same format for the subject line of your email. For the most part, you will need to send assignments as attachments.  Keep in mind that any attached document will be downloaded, making it essential that you save the document with some identifying feature (specifically your last name), so once it is separated from your email I will be able to associate it with you for easy finding for document uploading once I have corrected it. Please do not save your document with its title or the name of the assignment. Following this format is essential for my filing system and for sending graded work back to you efficiently.

(d) Attendance
While you don't have to physically attend the course by driving to campus, you will need to "attend" the course on a weekly basis. What that means is that you must log into Blackboard at least once a week to check for announcements, read/make postings, etc. Blackboard does keep track of when you log in and, in some instances, keeps track of specific pages you have visited.

Please note that during the fall and spring semester if you do not log into Blackboard during the first two weeks of classes (or fail to contact me in any way), I am required to report you as a "no show." For the summer session, you have only two days to contact me or to log into Blackboard.


The Disability Services Office (DDS) provides support services and coordinates reasonable academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Students are responsible for identifying themselves to the DSS office and submitting appropriate documentation in advance of the requested accommodation. For more information, contact DSS: (401) 825-2164 in Warwick, (401) 333-7329 in Lincoln, (401) 455-6064 in Providence and (401) 851-1650 in Newport.

I hope I have not overwhelmed you with all of the above. However, I want you to have a clear understanding of course goals within an online environment. Enjoy the course!

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