to the English 2311 On-line Home Page)
Read the following information carefully before you
make the decision to enroll in this composition course.
Table of Contents
About Mountain View College
Qualifications for Enrollment
Course Calendar and Dropping
Submission of Your Assignments
Receipt and Return of Your
Ordering a Manual Version
of English 1302: Composition II
The First Step
Check Out Your Learning Style
English 2311 Online is a course designed
for the distance learner who, for whatever reason, cannot or would prefer
not to study college writing in a more conventional classroom setting.
For the person on-the-go or someone who is located remotely from a college
or university, this course provides a full introduction to the major patterns
and style of business and technical writing and fulfills the requirements
for many advanced composition courses.
View College and Staff
View College is one of seven campuses in the Dallas
County Community College District in Dallas County, Texas. Opening
in the fall of 1970, MVC is located in the southwest corner of the city
The faculty and staff of Mountain View College
are seasoned professionals, many with more than twenty-five years of teaching
experience at Mountain View. Several have long been at the forefront of
innovation in the facilitation of learning and frequently receive both
national and international acclaim for their work on behalf of their students
and the MVC college community.
View faculty have developed distance education materials and courseware
for more than fifteen years. This is one of almost a dozen on-line courses
created and facilitated by the college instructors. Dr. Geoffrey Grimes,
the creator of English 1301, 1302, 2311, 2326, 2327, 2328, and 2343
Online, and other courses for the Internet, has taught college
writing courses for more than thirty years and was recognized as one of
the five most outstanding community college instructors in North America
in 1991 by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
He is the former Chair of the Department of English at Mountain View College
and an adjunct graduate professor at Amber University (Garland, Texas).
English 2311 Online is a course in technical
writing. In this course, students will complete, among other exercises,
short semi-formal reports and a user's manual.
Qualifications for Enrollment
Credit students must have completed satisfactorily
(with a grade of "C" or better) English 1301 or its equivalency
at another accredited college or university. Students of the Dallas County
Community College District are required to complete
Online instruction and learning is not for everyone.
While you may be a successful student in some other academic setting, effective
learning and completion of academic coursework online is extremely demanding
and requires, perhaps, more time and tenacity than learning in other modes
If you have never completed a course of study
in a distance-learning format, here are some factors that indicate you
are likely to be successful in this course:
You have completed successfully at least 15 credit
hours in other college-level courses.
You enjoy independent study.
You are self-confident and a self-starter.
You have at least eight hours per week free to devote
to your assignments in this course.
You are a competent reader.
You are comfortable reading text materials at a computer
You have the technical skills or access to technical
support to help you with malfunctions of your computer.
You have demonstrated successful college-level writing
skills in other classes.
You have access to a public library or some other
institution of learning for conducting secondary research.
You will need the following computing components to complete work for
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At least a Pentium 1 PC
Microsoft Word word processing software
Access to Microsoft PowerPoint
An internet service provider for access to the Internet
Access to an inkjet or laser printer
Course Calendar and Dropping
an Online Course
As a student enrolled in an online section of
English 2311 at Mountain View College, you have sixteen weeks from
the official date of your registration to complete the assignments for
this course. It may be helpful at this point to review the Schedule
of Assignments found in your syllabus. Note: It is your responsibility to know the date
beyond which you may not drop this course with a "W." You may find out
the drop date for your section by contacting the Mountain View College
Office. When you inquire, you must provide your name and social security
number as well as the course and section number of your online class.
Support for Composition
In addition to support included for assignments
in each unit, you will find helpful many Internet resources prepared by
faculty in universities around the country and throughout North America.
here for a list service to Internet resources about technical writing
on the World Wide Web. Note that this document will be updated from time
to time for your additional enrichment. Your textbook authors, Ron Blicq
and Lisa Moretto have also included several websites at the end of each
chapter in Technically Write! (latest edition).
You may send assignments to me in any of two
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Conventional priority mail (not recommended for students
outside the United States). Remember to include a stamped, self-addressed
envelope (with sufficient postage!) if you wish your exercises to be returned.
E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Attach all assignments as Microsoft Word files ONLY!
Read the following instructions carefully.
Failure to observe these instructions will result in wasted time for both
you and me and possibly misplaced or even lost work!
For college security reasons, I will delete any
e-mail message that does not include
1) your first and last name in the subject window,
2) a statement in the message window stating
the course/section number, and
3) the name/number of the exercise attached.
How to Send Me E-Mail Messages and Attached
When you send me an e-mail message, include the
following information exactly:
What to place in the "subject" window:
Place in the subject window the following information:
For a question to me: Question - (your
first and last name)
For a comment to me: Comment - (your first
and last name)
For an emergency message to me: Urgent!
- (your first and last name)
For sending me an exercise: first name initial/last
name/-/number of exercise.doc (see example below)
NOTE: I will open and respond to "Question," "Comment,"
and "Urgent!" messages on the day I receive them. Do
NOT attach assignments to "Question," "Comment," and "Urgent!" messages.
I will not open them or even download them!
What to place in the "message" window:
Place in the message window the following information:
1) Using correct grammar and sentence form, state
your message as briefly and as clearly as possible.
2) Indicate in the first line of the message
what you are requesting of me.
3) Follow your request or main point with whatever
supporting information you think I need to know.
4) Sign off each message with your first and
last name as you are registered!
5) Below your name, give me your student ID number
(your official Dallas County Community College District Student ID number--NOT
your social security number; below that, enter the course and section number--this
is critical information that will help me correctly file your records electronically).
How to attach an exercise to your e-mail message:
1) Save your exercise as a MS Word file
The college does not support other word-processing programs. Note:
Be sure your full name, course/section, and assignment number are posted
at the top left corner of each exercise before you save it.
Save your exercises using the following identification:
First name initial/last name/(hyphen)/exercise
Note: If you do not save and label your
assignments using this format, I will return them to you unopened and ask
you to re-label, re-save and re-send them!
2) Near each e-mail message window, you will find
a button labeled something like "Attachment" or "Attach." Place your
cursor icon over that button and click once with your left mouse
button. That action will open another window where you enter the
name of the drive where your file is located on your hard drive or floppy
drive and the name of the file (along with its extension). You may
also see a "Browse" button which you may click and then select the drive
and the correct file. By opening the directory where the file is
located and clicking once or twice on the name of the file, the file name
and path will be entered in the file name window.
3) Select "Okay" or "Send" or "Close"--whatever
button indicates the submission of that file name. The window will
then close and return you to your e-mail message window. Now, you
should see posted in a visible place near your message window some notification
that you have attached a document.
4) When you have finished composing your message,
then click once on the "Send" button, and your message and attached document
will be on its way!
How to Submit of Assignments
You are encouraged to submit your work in any
one of the following three procedures ONLY:
Submitting Assignments Electronically
You must send all exercises as e-mail attachments
in only Microsoft Word. Follow the
instructions posted above for submitting your exercises. Do
NOT fax any exercises. I will
mark the exercises electronically and return them as email attachments
to his replies.
My email address is email@example.com.
Submitting Assignments by Regular Mail
If you do not have either software program, you
should print out your work and mail it to:
Dr. Geoffrey Grimes
Department of English
Mountain View College
4849 West Illinois Avenue
Dallas, TX 75211
If you mail your assignments, you must included
a stamped, self-addressed envelope with correct postage. Assignments
received without the stamped, self-addressed envelope will not be returned.
Submitting Assignments in Person
Please email all assignments. Do NOT submit printed copies, because I
must maintain all assignments for this course electronically.
and Return of Your Assignments
I am usually able to grade your assignments in a day
or two, sometimes within the week that I receive them. At peak periods at
the beginning and ending of a course, it sometimes takes me about two weeks to
Write! the course textbook
To order your copy, write to:
Mountain View College Store
4849 West Illinois Avenue
Dallas, Texas USA 75211
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Before you submit any assignments, you should
checkout your electronic links to me. To do that, e-mail
me the results of your learning style from the brief Mountain View
College Cognitive Style Map. If you have technical
problems with these two tests, then you will need to mail your assignments
to me, allowing extra time in the schedule above for sending them to me
and receiving my responses. If you live within the service area of the
college, you can always drop off your assignments by my office (W273) or
by the English Department Office (W254).
This page was last modified
on January 18, 2013,
and is maintained by Dr. Geoffrey