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Expository English Composition (ENGL 1301) Spring 2020 COMM 1307 CRN25230

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El Paso Community College

Expository English Composition (ENGL 1301)

GENERAL OBJECTIVE: This course is meant to inform you of the overall history and effect of the
mass media and society as it pertains to news media, film, television, public relations and
advertising. In addition to studying these mediums we will review how they have converged with
advances in technology and how the roles and effect it has played in our society.
TEXT: Campbell, Martin, Fabos. Harmsen Media Essentials. A brief Introduction. 5th ed. Bedford/St.
Martin’s. 2020. Boston, MA.
Online Office Hours: I will be available Tuesdays on Blackboard Ultra from 12:55 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. if you
have any questions. However, you can email me at your convenience through Blackboard by clicking on
the “Messages” tab or the EPCC emailing system during the week.
Email Policy: When e-mailing me, make sure you include your first and last name and the course in the
subject area. I will respond to each message I receive within 24 hours (when possible); if you did not
receive a reply, then I did not receive your message and you should re-send it or attempt to communicate
with me via another method.
Please keep in mind that if you send me an email over a weekend day, I may not respond back until
Monday.
Texting: I am available on my cell phone as well. You may TEXT me on my cell phone, but you may only
do this during regular business hours – that means from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, do not send me multiple
text messages of the same thing in a course of an hour. Do not text me unless I have not responded to
your email within 24 hours or it is an emergency.
Please be advised: Do not text me after 6 p.m. or over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday). I will not
respond.
COURSE POLICIES:
If you register for an online course, visit the Distance Learning Support Services web site for information
on “Getting Started.” It is important that you understand what online courses require of you as a student
and what technology is needed. You can take an online tutorial on Blackboard to learn how to navigate
through your course. Blackboard is the learning management system (LMS) used by EPCC to deliver
online instruction.
El Paso Community College charges a $45 fee for each online and hybrid course. There are no
additional costs associated with verification of student identity for online courses.

Student Expectations: Success in an online course requires time management, self-discipline, and
motivation. Be prepared to spend between 9 to 12 hours a week working on your course in and outside of
the LMS. You will need computer skills such as word processing, uploading and attaching documents,
conducting research, and downloading and updating software.
Technology Requirements: While a personal computer is not mandatory for taking an online class, you
need consistent and reliable access to a computer and the Internet. You may be required to install EPCC
provided software and purchase a webcam that prevents cheating. You may use the computers in the
Academic Computing Services (ACS) labs at any campus to complete course work. Visit the Academic
Computing Services website for locations and hours for the ACS labs.
How online courses work:
 Online courses are available on the first day of the class.
 Questions will close at 11:59 pm on the last day of the class.
 Unofficial grades are available in Blackboard, by clicking on Grades. Official grades are available
in Banner at the end of the class.
 Class access is available during the respective semester 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
 The course syllabus, course work, and course requirements along with instructor information will
be located in the course.

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