University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

ENC 3250

Spring 2017 (online course / no campus meetings)
ENC 3250.522 (CRN 12017) and ENC 3250.524 (CRN 21601)
9 Jan 2017 to 28 Apr 2017


Instructor: T. E. Roberts [tr(at)]
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Updated 12 April 2017

This online course requires no conventional attendance, but students are obligated to submit lecture audio codes on schedule to verify course participation and progress.

Information to be reviewed for the final exam is highlighted in yellow on this page.


Course Syllabus and Relevant Information

Course Textbooks (recommended but not required)

Schedule of ENC 3250 Assignments, Spring 2017

DATE (2017)



Before Jan 9


Semester begins Jan. 9; intro lecture will cover course objectives and content; send background information via email by Saturday, Jan. 14 , midnight, or you will be dropped from enrollment

Jan 16 (Mon)


Lecture relevant to current assignments; readings will be assigned via email

Jan 16 (Mon)

Assignment 1

Assignment 1 (20% of grade), send codes for Weeks 1 + 2, due by 6 p.m.

Jan 23 (Mon)


Lecture relevant to current assignments; readings will be assigned via email

Jan 30 (Mon)


Lecture relevant to current assignments; readings will be assigned via email

Feb 6 (Mon)


Lecture relevant to current assignments; readings will be assigned via email

Feb 6 (Mon)

Assignment 2

Assignment 2 (20% of grade), send codes for Weeks 3, 4, 5, due by 6 p.m.

Feb 13 (Mon)


Lecture relevant to current assignments; readings will be assigned via email

Feb 20 (Mon)


Lecture relevant to current assignments; readings will be assigned via email

Feb 27 (Mon)


Lecture relevant to current assignments; readings will be assigned via email

Feb 27 (Mon)

Assignment 3

Assignment 3 (20% of grade), send codes for Weeks 6, 7, 8, due by 6 p.m.

Mar 6 (Mon)


Lecture relevant to current assignments; readings will be assigned via email

Mar 6 (Mon)

Assign 4 outline

Assign 4 - Outline (required but not graded); send with Week 9 codes, due by 6 p.m.

Mar 13 (Mon)


Spring break (Mar 13-18) - no lecture this week

Mar 20 (Mon)


Lecture relevant to current assignments; readings will be assigned via email

Mar 25 (Sat)

Last day to drop

Last day to drop course without academic penalty; consult your advisor about the impact of this decision on your degree progress and student loan status (max number of withdrawals is limited) -- by 6 p.m.

Mar 27 (Mon)


Lecture relevant to current assignments; readings will be assigned via email

Apr 3 (Mon)


Lecture relevant to current assignments; readings will be assigned via email

Apr 10 (Mon)


Lecture relevant to current assignments; readings will be assigned via email

Apr 17 (Mon)


Final lecture - exam preparation tips; send to instructor a screen capture confirming completion of required course evaluation (no audio codes in this lecture)

Apr 24 (Mon)

Assignment 4

Assignment 4 (30% of grade), send with Week 11, 12, 13, and 14 codes, due by 6 p.m.

Apr 26 (Wed)

End of Fall semester

Classes end; Reading Days are held Apr 27-28; final exams are held Apr 29 through May 4

Apr 30 - May 3

Final Exam: Sun 8 a.m.
to Wed 11 p.m.

45-minute exam on Canvas (10% of grade): multiple-choice and true/false; covers syllabus, website links, readings, assignments, course-related emails, and lectures; final grades will be posted on OASIS by Saturday, May 6, 2017

See assignment instructions in syllabus. Grading is usually completed within one week of the submission date. See syllabus for information on optional detailed markup and revision. Schedule may change because of circumstances beyond instructor's control.


USFSM Academic Calendar, Spr 2017 (

Mon Jan 9: first day of classes

Mon Jan 16: MLK Jr Day

Mar 13-18: Spring Break

Sat Mar 25: Last day to drop without penalty

Wed, Apr 26: Last day of classes (reading days April 27-28)

Sat-Thu, Apr 29 - May 4: Final exam week

May 8 - USFSM Commencement



Course Content and Lectures

INSTRUCTIONS: Lectures will be posted in the FILES section of Canvas, usually on Saturday or Sunday before the numbered week in question. Each lecture consists of a spoken audio recording in MP4 format and a set of PowerPoint slides. It is important to download both files and listen to the spoken audio as you view the slides on your computer. The lectures should be heard within a day or two after being posted.

If necessary to hear MP4 files on your computer, download free Quicktime player here: Alternatively, you may use the free VLC Media Player, to be found here: If you lack PowerPoint on your computer, you may download a free PPT viewer here.

You should save all lecture files in the same folder in which you keep your written assignments and emails related to the course. Also, back-up this folder regularly onto external media such as a USB flash drive or online archive. This folder will contain the core of what you are paying for and learning in this course. Treat it accordingly. An assignment lost as a result of careless computer usage will likely incur a penalty.

NOTES: Listen to and take notes on lectures as they are posted -- they provide essential information needed to perform assignments successfully. You must read the PowerPoint slides and hear the audio recording simultaneously. If you are unable to hear a lecture, contact the instructor immediately. Send me an email (by the deadline stated in the syllabus) noting the code words mentioned in the audio recording. Failure to do so will result in penalty to your grade.

IF YOU THINK A LECTURE IS "TOO LONG" ... remember that, if meeting on campus, this course would normally require several hours of in-person attendance plus roundtrip travel every week for 16 weeks in a semester or nine weeks in the summer session. At around 30 to 60 minutes per week, and requiring no more travel than minuscule movement of your computer mouse or fingers on the keyboard, the lecture content in this online medium is ridiculously light. If you find a lecture unsatisfying or confusing for any reason, contact me about it. Don't wait to complain at the end of the term. By then, it's too late. The lectures are not aimed at entertaining you; they are produced to improve the efficiency and depth of your learning.


Except for the introductory lecture posted before the beginning of the term, lectures will usually be posted between Friday and Sunday, but this schedule is subject to change because of unforeseen circumstances such as the landing of a large asteroid, opening of a giant sinkhole in most of southwest Florida, or severe fugue state of the instructor. You will be notified via Canvas announcement when lectures are available. Please do not ask for a lecture to be posted in advance -- they are custom-adapted every semester.

CONTACT ME AT ANY TIME: I welcome questions raised by the lectures and other communications. Send your inquiries and comments to me via email: tr [at] If your message appears to be of general interest and value to the class, I will send your original question and my response to all students. If you wish to chat in person, via Skype, or by phone, please contact me via email to arrange a time. Because all my teaching is online, I am very seldom on campus. Students are welcome to exchange messages with one another via the Canvas discussion forum (suggested but not required).

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Official USFSM Policies (Spring 2017)


A.  USFSM policy requires that all students receive a graded assignment or examination prior to the semester’s drop/withdraw date

B.  Specifically state the value of and the manner in which each assignment in the syllabus will be evaluated or graded. 

C.  A precise description of the grading process, e.g. use of plus or minus grading, use of straight A,B,C,D and  F system, point system with delineations of grades for accumulation of a stipulated number of points, etc.

D.  Attendance policy to include make up of missed work.

F.  (If using Proctorio services the following statement is required.)

All students must review the syllabus and the requirements including the online terms and video testing requirements to determine if they wish to remain in the course. Enrollment in the course is an agreement to abide by and accept all terms.  Any student may elect to drop or withdraw from this course before the end of the drop/add period.

Online exams and quizzes within this course may require online proctoring. Therefore, students will be required to have a webcam (USB or internal) with a microphone when taking an exam or quiz. Students understand that this remote recording device is purchased and controlled by the student and that recordings from any private residence must be done with the permission of any person residing in the residence. To avoid any concerns in this regard, students should select private spaces for the testing. The University library and other academic sites at the University offer secure private settings for recordings and students with concerns may discuss location of an appropriate space for the recordings with their instructor or advisor.  Students must ensure that any recordings do not invade any third party privacy rights and accept all responsibility and liability for violations of any third party privacy concerns.  Setup information will be provided prior to taking the proctored exam. For additional information about online proctoring you can visit the online proctoring student FAQ.


Policies are available in the USFSM Catalog and at

A.  Academic Dishonesty:  The University considers any form of plagiarism or cheating on exams, projects, or papers to be unacceptable behavior.  Please review the USF System Regulation USF3.027 Academic Integrity of Students and the USF System Regulation USF6.0021 Student Code of Conduct.

B.  Academic Disruption: The University does not tolerate behavior that disrupts the learning process.  Please review USF System Regulation USF3.025 Disruption of Academic Policy.

C.  Contingency Plans: In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USFSM to suspend normal operations.  During this time, USFSM may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Canvas, online conferencing/collaboration tools, email messaging, and/or an alternate schedule. It is the responsibility of the student to monitor Canvas for each of their classes for course specific communication, as well as the USFSM website, their student email account, and MoBull messages for important general information. The USF hotline at 1 (800) 992-4231 is updated with pre-recorded information during an emergency.  See the Campus Police Website for further information.

D.  Disabilities Accommodation:  Students are responsible for registering with the Office of Students with Disabilities Services (SDS) in order to receive academic accommodations. Reasonable notice must be given to the SDS office (typically 5 working days) for accommodations to be arranged. It is the responsibility of the student to provide each instructor with a copy of the official Memo of Accommodation.  Contact Information:  Disability Coordinator, at 941-359-4714 or,

E.  Fire Alarm Instructions:  At the beginning of each semester please note the emergency exit maps posted in each classroom.  These signs are marked with the primary evacuation route (red) and secondary evacuation route (orange) in case the building needs to be evacuated. See Emergency Evacuation Procedures.

F.  Religious Observances:  USFSM recognizes the right of students and faculty to observe major religious holidays.  Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class for a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second week of classes.  Instructors canceling class for a religious observance should have this stated in the syllabus with an appropriate alternative assignment.

G.      Protection of Students Against Discrimination and Harassment:

1.   Sexual Misconduct/Sexual Harassment Reporting: USFSM is committed to providing an environment free from sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence (USF System Policy 0-004).

2.   Other Types of Discrimination and Harassment: USFSM also is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or veteran status (USF System Policy 0-007).

The Counseling and Wellness Center is a confidential resource where you can talk about incidents of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, gender-based crimes, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic/relationship violence. This confidential resource can help you without having to report your situation to either the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSSR) or the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity (DIEO), unless you request that they make a report.

Please be aware that in compliance with Title IX and under the USF System Policy, educators must report incidents of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, gender-based crimes, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic/relationship violence. If a student discloses any of these situations in class, in papers, or to a faculty member personally, he or she is required to report it to OSSR or DIEO for investigation. Students who are victims or who have knowledge of such discrimination or harassment are encouraged to report it to either OSSR or DIEO. The Deputy Coordinator for USFSM is Allison Dinsmore, Coordinator of Disability Services & Student Advocacy, 941-359-4714 or

Campus Resources:

§ Counseling Center and Wellness Center 941-487-4254

§ Victim Advocate (24/7) 941-504-8599

List of off-campus resources:

§ HOPE Family Services: 941-755-6805

§ Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) Sarasota: 941-365-1976

§ First Call for Help- Manatee or Sarasota 941-366-5025 or

§ Centerstone: 941-782-4800; 24-hr Hotline 941-708-6059

H.   Web Portal Information:  Every newly enrolled USF student receives an official USF e-mail account.  Students receive official USF correspondence and Canvas course information via that address. The web portal is accessed at

I.    Academic Support Services:

The Information Commons provides students with individual and group study spaces, computers, printers, and various media equipment for temporary use.  The Information Commons is staffed by librarians, learning support faculty, tutors, and technology and e-learning specialists. Students challenged by the rigors of academic writing, mathematics, or other course content are urged to contact their professors early in the semester to chart out a plan for academic success, and/or regularly use the tutoring services provided by Learning Support Services, which are provided at no cost to students.

J.   Career Success Center:

Students can explore careers through activities such as job shadowing, mentoring, and internships.  Whether students will be pursuing graduate school or seeking employment, Career Services can help develop a plan to reach their next destination.  Students can prepare professional documents, practice for the interview and attend employer or graduate school information sessions.   Access these resources or schedule an appointment with career advisors at

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ASSIGNMENT 1: BUSINESS MEMO (20% of grade) - due Jan 16

ASSIGNMENT 2: EMPLOYEE REPRIMAND (20% of grade) - due Feb 6

ASSIGNMENT 3: COVER LETTER & RESUME (20% of grade) - Feb 27

Resume, LinkedIn Profile, Cover Letter, Interview, and Job-Hunting