Common Course Outline
All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct. Any violation of academic ethics will be unacceptable in this class. Students must always submit work that represents his or her original ideas and words. If any of the ideas or statements are not the student’s original ones, all relevant sources must be cited. Ideas and statements that require citation are not only all hardcopy or electronic publications, copyrighted or not, but also all verbal and visual communication when the source of the cited information/content is clearly identifiable. In this course academic dishonesty may result in rejecting the student’s work and giving no credit for that assignment, or giving a failing grade for the entire course.
To avoid plagiarism, students are required to submit all their assignments to Safe Assign on BB Vista before final submission. Please remember that HCT has ZERO tolerance policy towards cheating. If you have any questions related to Safe Assign, please consult with your instructor for clarification.
Deadlines for Assessments and exams
All assessments must be submitted on the deadline at the set time in the appropriate format. Late submissions will have 5% deducted for each calendar day that they are late. After 5 days, the assignment will not be accepted and the student will receive zero for that assessment. It is the student’s responsibility to solve any technical issues before the due date.
If a student is ill and misses a deadline, a medical note must be provided within 3 days. The student will be given a maximum extension equal to the number of days of documented illness based on teacher discretion. (for example, if a student is sick for 3 days, she will have a maximum of 3 days extra to submit her assignment).
For group assessments, each situation will be considered on its own merits and the teacher will use their discretion.
If a student misses an exam or a presentation, she will receive zero. If a medical note is provided within 3 days of the exam date, an alternative assessment will arranged between the student and the teacher.
To avoid, plagiarism it is important for you to apply the American Psychological Association (APA) standard of in-text referencing for any written work. If you need to know more about this referencing technique, please refer to the HCT guide to APA Bib guide APA style.
Attendance and Participation Policy:
Participation is vital. Participation does not mean just being physically present in class. The lesson can only be dynamic and interesting if each student is there and takes an active part in class activities. When you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out about the work assigned at the class you missed by looking at the class blog.
In this course you will be using a blog just like this for me to view your work. So you must bring a laptop or ipad to every session.
Before you make your blog you might want to watch this video about what a blog is. Now go to this link and follow the steps to make your own blog and send me the link to your blog. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org .
When you make the blog please call it the course code + your name, so for example, “1103aliobaid”.
For your first blog post, I would like you to write information about yourself introducing yourself to me. the academic word for information about someone is BIOGRAPHY. Use this for your title and write 100-150 words. Your first blog post should tell me:
- Your name.
- How old you are.
- Where you live.
- Why you are here studying English.
- 3 Things that you are interested in.
- 1 ambition (something that you would like to achieve in your life)
Here is my introduction as an example:
Writing Assignment 1: BIOGRAPHY
Hello, my name is Heather Joy Wright. I am 51 years old and I live in Medinat Zayad. I have two adult daughters. I am very happy to be working here for HCT Colleges in the Western Region. I have been here for four years and have learned much about the UAE, its people, and culture.
I am interested in health and exercise; I like to swim, I run a swimming club at HCT, and I enjoy playing squash. Another interest of mine is animal welfare, I train horses and dogs for a Rescue Society. I have fallen in love with camels and had the opportunity to ride them, drink their milk and taste them too!
One of my ambitions is to write a book and have it published. I am writing the history of the first King of England. He lived 1000 years ago was called William the Conqueror. (150 words)
Remember to use capital letters to start every sentence and for the first letter of names (proper nouns) and to put a full stop at the end of every sentence.
Now that you have made your first blog post I would like you to go back to the course outline, LSC 1103 course outline , read it carefully and make a note of:
- Three things you would like to learn on this course.
- Three things you find difficult about studying.
- Three advantages and three disadvantages about studying using a blog.
- A website that you have found that you think is useful for learning English, include the reason why and a hyperlink to the site.
- As a guide, you should write at least 150 words.
Post to your blog (Use the title Task 2) and don’t forget every time you do a blog post you will get points towards the coursework.
Now that you have done two blog posts, I would like you to do the following:
- Do some research and find a definition of an essay – write this in your blog using your own words.
- Write a list of the 4 main parts of an essay.
- Answer these questions in your blog:
- What makes a good introduction?
- What is a paragraph?
- How do you show where a paragraph begins and ends?
- What makes a good conclusion?
- What are references?
Copy and paste this essay introduction to your blog. Fill in the missing words using the list below:
Task 12 Referencing Practice
Remember ALL of your work for HCT must be have correct references and intext citations. Let’s do some more practice so you are expert at this.
- Open and complete this easy worksheet here Citation and Referencing worksheet
- Complete this Reference practice and Post both worksheets to your blogs.
Task 13 Reading test 2
Task 14 Critical Reading
- a. reading road signs.
- b. shopping online.
- c. both a and b
Critical reading means analyzing ideas and then deciding whether to accept them, reject them, or think about them further. In order to analyze ideas, good readers first identify the main idea. Finding the main idea is key to understanding the writer’s argument. Good readers skim the reading and find the main idea before reading the main article. This results in faster and more effective reading.Critical readers also evaluate the main idea. They do this by asking questions. Does the main idea seem important? Does it seem logical? Does it allow for other viewpoints? Does the author insist that this viewpoint is the only valid one? If the main idea doesn’t seem important or logical, critical readers pay close attention to the details the author uses to support it.
- a. skim the reading.
- b. scan for statistics.
- c. evaluate the approach.
- a. statistics.
- b. examples.
- c.both a and b
- a. circular reasoning.
- b. hasty generalization.
- c. red herring.
- Read This and highlight the main ideas.
- Take bullet point notes on these main ideas.
- Use these notes and write your own summary.
- Post your summary as Task 15 Part A