COMP110: English Composition I
Section: E62     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearFall 2013 / (15 weeks): Aug 28, 2013 to Dec 19, 2013
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Jennifer Diamond   Email:
Phone: 215-504-8666

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


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Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.

Other Information about the Course

Professor: Dr. Jenn Diamond-Amorello Online Office Hours: Tuesdays, 11am-1pm Thursdays, 1-3pm

*For your convenience a sample schedule will follow after this basic information. Following the schedule is a sample syllabus for COMP110.*

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS: Available at the College Bookstore

Acting Out Culture, 2nd Edition. James S. Miller (Required The first week of class; please plan ahead!)

They Say/I Say. Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein.

SUGGESTED TEXTBOOK: Available at the College Bookstore The Bucks County Community College Writing Handbook. Maimon, et al (continuing Bucks students may have this handbook from COMP107)



Class begins Thursday, August 29

  • - First day of class
  • - Purchase textbooks listed on syllabus
  • - Syllabus and Schedule reviewed
  • - Read “Introduction: How We Read and Write About Culture” (Culture 1-13)
  • 40% of Final Grade: Quizzes and Short Responses

    Late policy: Quizzes made not be made-up for any reason. If you miss a quiz or begin a quiz five minutes before the deadline and get cut-off by Canvas, you will lose the points for that quiz.NO EXCEPTIONS.

    All quizzes will be ten minutes long and are “open book.” Despite being open book, please be advised that it is not possible to do well on the quizzes if you have not thoroughly studied our material before taking a quiz.

    Quizzes: 5 quizzes x 10 points each = 50 points possible

    Quizzes will be multiple-choice and “fill in the blank” questions about the readings, class discussions, research methodologies, documentaries, and MLA style. Generally, each quiz will cover the week’s material in which it is assigned.

    Short Responses are in response to our readings, documentaries, and discussions and may take the form(s) of a traditional written response, threaded discussions, blogging, or other electronic communication paths. Extensive details for each Short Response will be given in the respective assignment.

    Short Responses: 5 Short Responses x 25 points each = 125 points possible

    CATEGORY TWO > 60% of Final Grade: Academic Essays

    Essays are required work! Failure to hand in an essay will result in a “stop” on your work and I will not accept any other work – short responses, quizzes, or other essays -- from you until the missing essay is submitted.

    Late policy: An essay submitted after the deadline will be penalized 5 points for each day it is late.

    Academic Essays: Each essay is worth up to 100 points and extensive details about each essay will be given in the assignments:

  • Essay One > 3-page minimum (about 750 words)
  • Essay Two > 4-page minimum (about 1000 words)
  • Final Essay > 5-page minimum (about 1250 words)
  • 3 essays x 100 points each = 300 points possible
  • Final Course Grade Calculation The final grade for COMP110 will be derived from points earned in the two categories listed above and assigned the following percentages:

  • 40% Category One: Quizzes and Short Responses
  • 60% Category Two: Academic Essays
  • SPECIAL NEEDS: Students with special needs or concerns need to make arrangements with me the first week of class. Official documentation from BCCC’s Disabilities Office is required for accommodation requests.

    PLAGIARISM: Academic misconduct is a serious offense and will be treated as such in Composition 110. The expectation at Bucks County Community College is that the principles of truth and honesty will be rigorously followed in all academic endeavors. This assumes that all work will be done by the person who purports to do the work without unauthorized aids. In addition, when making use of language, information, and some ideas not his or her own, whether quoting them directly or paraphrasing them into his or her own words, the student must attribute the source of the material in some standard form, such as naming the source in the text or offering a footnote (BCCC 2010-2012 Catalog).

    Plagiarism is a zero-tolerance offense in this course. Students presenting plagiarized material or material "borrowed" from another student, from the internet, a printed resource, or submission of work used for another class (present or past semester) in any assignment will receive a failing grade for the assignment with the very likely possibility of a failing grade for the entire course. I report all cases of academic dishonesty to the Dean of the College for follow-up and possible academic judiciary discipline. Do not risk your academic record, personal integrity, and reputation by plagiarizing.

    GENERAL COURSE POLICIES: A central policy of this class is that you are respectful of both your fellow classmates and the professor. While there will be differences of opinion amongst us, the expectation is that disagreements and discussions are handled in a professional, academic manner. Any comments or actions that instigate or contribute to a hostile environment in this course will not be tolerated, including disrespectful, crude, or profane discussion posts, public and/or personal messages and chat. In short, any form of cyber-bullying will not be tolerated. Engagement in any of these behaviors may result in removal from this course and the College taking disciplinary action against the perpetrator.

    Comp 110 is not a grammar and sentence-level instruction course. If you need assistance with basic writing challenges and/or ESL needs, you must visit the Tutoring Center (online or in person) for assistance outside of the classroom. Don’t wait until you have a problem or until a paper is due to take advantage of your resources!

    Email and Canvas messages discussions are a privilege, not a right, and I will respond to you as soon as my schedule permits.

    Please observe the following email conventions and courtesies: Online conversations need to be conducted with the same respect that face-to-face conversations are. Put your name and course information in the subject heading. Example: “Hi it’s Tim Jones from the online comp class.” Please use an appropriate salutation: “Hi Dr. Diamond” is a good way to open your message! Use your Bucks student email account when emailing me; your BCCC email is the official means of communication between you and the College.

    TUTORING CENTER INFORMATION Main floor of Newtown Library  (215) 968-8044  Writing tutors are here to help you with COMP110! You may choose to work with a tutor in-person, or work online asynchronously. Please note that appointments are required for in-person and real-time online aid, call or go to the website to reserve your time.

    STUDENT RECORD KEEPING RESPONSIBILITIES: Students are always responsible for retaining electronic and/or paper copies of their own work and/or correspondence, including that posted to Canvas. Student access to a Bucks County Community College web course space is available only during the stated semester/session as indicated by the College’s academic calendar. All web course sites, including content, are routinely removed from the server at the conclusion of each semester/session. In sum: Keep everything related to COMP110 until your final grade is posted!