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POFT 1301 CATALOG DESCRIPTION: 3 Credits (2 hrs.

Business English lec. 3 hrs. lab) Introduction to a practical
application of basic language usage skills
with emphasis on fundamentals of writing
and editing for business. Prerequisite:

Credit Hours: 3 credits E-mail: [email protected]
Prerequisites: None
Office phone: 832 246-0000
Semester and Year: Spring 2009
Press Pound # when the recording starts.
Class Days and Times: Enter extension 555-2890 followed by the # key

Instructor: Charles Ricks Orientation and class information (for distance
Office Location: N/A learning classes only): Distance learning classes are
Office Hours: By appointment located through the My LoneStar Homepage
( Log in and select LSC –
Online, View My Online Classes to get into your
distance learning class in Desire 2
Learn/Brightspace. Distance learning students
must complete the Start Here module prior to
beginning the coursework.

All students can expect to spend at least 7 or more
hours per week on this course during a 16-week
regular semester.


The student will be able to

 Apply the basic rules of grammar, spelling, capitalization, number usage, and

 Utilize terminology applicable to technical and business writing.
 Develop proofreading and editing skills.
 Write sentences and paragraphs.

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 Access code for digital book and training materials; purchase only at Tomball Bookstore or online
through D2L (Desire2Learn/Brightspace) on first day of class; ISBN 9781305646254.

 Optional: HOW 13: Handbook for Office Professionals, Cengage Learning, ISBN: 9781111820862


Unit 1 contains Chs. 1 and 2 20% 20%
Unit 2 contains Chs. 3 and 4
Unit 3 contains Chs. 5 and 6 20% 20%
Unit 4 contains Chs. 7 - 9 10% 10%
Unit 5 contains Chs. 10 - 12
Unit 6 contains Chs. 13 and 14 Reinforcement Real-World Posttests Quizzes Unit Test Final Exam

All assignments will be
completed in Cengage
MindTap within your
Brightspace (Desire 2 Learn)
eclassroom. The icon for
Cengage MindTap is a purple
box with a down arrow. The
ebook is also located from
that icon.

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Chapter Pre-test, Reinforcement, Real-World, and Post-tests
Each chapter begins with a Pretest. Chapters 1 and 2 complete all assignments. Beginning in
Chapter 3,

• If you earn a 100 on the Pre-test you do not have to do any other activities for the
chapter. The pre-test grade will count for the Reinforcement, Real-World, and Post-test.

• If you earn 90 to 99 on the Pretest, you can skip the Reinforcement and Real-World
activities. The grade you earn on the Posttest will count for those activities.

• If you earn 80 to 89 on the Pretest, you must complete only Level 3 of the
Reinforcement Activities, the Real-World Editing Exercises, and the Posttest. Only the
Level 3 Reinforcement Activity grades will count toward the semester average.

• If you earn 70 to 79 on the Pretest, you must complete Levels 2 and 3 of the
Reinforcement Activities, the Real-World Editing Exercises, and the Posttest. Level 2
grades will not count toward the semester average but these activities must be
completed if you score from 70 to 79 on the Pretest.

• If you earn 69 or below on the Pretest, you must complete all levels of the
Reinforcement Activities, the Real-World Editing Exercises, and the Posttest. Level 1 and
2 grades will not count toward the semester average but these activities must be
completed if you earn 69 or below on the Pretest. If Levels 1 and 2 are not completed, I
will deduct a 10-point penalty on the other chapter grades.

Will be taken for each chapter. They may be taken as many times as you want with the
highest grade recorded. These activities count for 10% of your average.


•Will cover each unit (see above) and can be taken only once. The average of these tests will
count for 20% of your average.


Exams •Both exams will be writing activities. The Mid-Term Exam will cover Chapters 1-7 and the
Final Exam is comprehensive. The average of the two exams will count for 20% of your

POFT 1301 Spring 2019 Syllabus Page 3


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students taking a makeup test.

The LoneStar College System upholds the core values of learning: honesty, respect, fairness, and
accountability. We promote the importance of personal and academic honesty. We embrace the belief that
all learners—students, faculty, staff and administrators—will act with integrity and honesty and must
produce their own work and give appropriate credit to the work of others. No fabrication of sources,
cheating, or unauthorized collaboration is permitted on any work submitted within the District.
Consequences for academic dishonesty to be determined by the professor, or the professor and Academic
Dean, or the professor and Chief Student Services Officer can include but are not limited to: 1.) having
additional class requirements imposed, 2.) receiving a grade of zero or “F” for an exam or assignment, 3.)
receiving a grade of “F” for the course, 4.) being withdrawn from the course or program, 5.) being expelled
from the college district.

Professors should clearly explain how the student’s actions violated the academic integrity policy, how a
grade was calculated, and the actions taken.

Campus Handgun Carry Statement:
The Texas Legislature enacted campus carry by passing Senate Bill 11, effective at LSC on August 1, 2017.
Senate Bill 11, known as the “Campus Carry” law, amends Texas law to allow license holders to carry
concealed handguns on college campuses. To carry a concealed handgun on LSC campuses, an individual
must have a valid License to Carry issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

LSC has established rules and regulations regarding enforcement of Campus Carry. Lone Star College
prohibits concealed carry in some areas of LSC campuses. For more information about Campus Carry, visit
the LSC Campus Carry website at

POFT 1301 Spring 2019 Syllabus Page 4

Letter Grade Assignment A USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
(90-100) Students are expected to actively participate in all class activities.
Therefore, the use of cell phones, iPods, iPads, and other electronic
B devices is not allowed unless otherwise specified by your instructor.
(80-89) Your instructor will explain his/her policy about unauthorized use of
electronic devices at the beginning of the semester.
Regular attendance is expected in order for students to successfully
D complete the course objectives; this includes actively participating
(69-60) in class activities. Attendance and punctuality are qualities expected
of all employees and, therefore, are expected of students as well.
F Should you anticipate an absence, please notify the instructor in
59 & Below advance. An excessive number of absences will prohibit the
successful completion of this course. If you should miss a class, it is
the student’s responsibility to obtain lecture notes and assignments
from within Desire 2 Learn (D2L) or from a classmate.

Distance learning students: A minimum of 15 class participation
activities must be completed to earn full credit for this portion
of the course. Your instructor will provide specifics about this
evaluation measure. Activities may include (but are not limited

a. contacts with instructor,
b. posting to the discussion forum in the D2Leclassroom;
c. total hits to the eclassroom.

Withdrawal from the course after the official day of record will
result in a final grade of “W” on the student transcript and no credit
will be awarded. Prior to the official day of record, it is the student’s
responsibility to initiate and complete a request for withdrawal
from any course. Last day to drop for Spring 2019 is April 2, 2019.

If you are considered a first-time college student, a new law was
passed in Fall 2007 that limits to six the number of courses you may
drop (withdraw with a grade of "W") while enrolled at any Texas
public institution of higher education. A first-time college student is
a student not currently enrolled in high school and who has never
taken a college or university course anywhere at any time.

If you consider dropping this course during the semester, you might
want to go to advising prior to dropping and get information about
the Six-Drop Rule.

POFT 1301 Spring 2019 Syllabus Page 5

Disability • The LoneStar College System is dedicated to provide the least restrictive learning environment for all students. The college district promotes equity in academic
Services access through the implementation of reasonable accommodations as required by the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title V, Section 504 and the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) which will enable students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from all post-secondary educational activities.

• If you require reasonable accommodations because of a physical, mental, or learning disabiity, please notify the instructor of this course as soon as possible and
preferably before the end of the first two weeks of class to arrange for reasonable accommodations.

Software Law strictly prohibits unauthorized copying of software purchased by Tomball College for use in laboratories.
Piracy Tomball College administration will take appropriate disciplinary action against anyone violating copyright laws.

Equal It is the policy of the LoneStar Colleges to provide equal employment, admission and educational opportunities
Statement without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. LoneStar Colleges strive to provide an
excellent learning environment free from harassment or intimidation directed at any person’s race, color, religion,
national origin, sex, age, or disability. Any form of harassment will not be tolerated.

Computer •Computer viruses are, unfortunately, a fact of life. Using the diskettes on more than one computer creates the possibility of
infecting computers and diskettes with a computer virus. This exposes the computers of the college, your personal computer,
Protection and any others you may be using to potentially damaging viruses. The college has aggressive anti-virus procedures in place to
protect its computers, but cannot guarantee that a virus might not temporarily infect one of its machines. It is your
responsibility to protect all computers under your control and use and ensure that each diskette you use, whenever or

wherever you use it, has been scanned with anti-virus software. Since new viruses arise continually, your anti-virus software
must be kept current. And, since no anti-virus software will find every virus, keeping copies of data (backups) is extremely

LSC-Tomball Resources LSC-Creekside Resources

LSC-Tomball Library Hours & Phone LSC-Creekside Library Hours & Phone

Phone 832-559-4211 Phone 832-761-6621

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LSC-Tomball Assessment Center LSC-Tomball Assessment Center

Phone 832-761-6615 Phone 832-761-6615

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. – noon

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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o CB&I Dean & Support Staff
 Division Dean, Jill Riethmayer: [email protected], 281-351-3342
 Division DOM, Amy Galaviz: [email protected], 832-761-6614
 Division DOS, Heather Jackson: [email protected], 832-761-6612

For Advising on This Program Contact:

o Technology Department Chair: Lindell Chapman, [email protected],

o Course Lead Instructor: Pat Rajski Lyon, [email protected], 281-357-3610
o There is also information at

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Week Fall 2018 Tentative Class Schedule
1 Class Activities (See D2L for exact activities and due dates*)
Start Here Module
3 Chapter 1 (pre-test, Reinforcement Activities based on pre-test score, Real-World Editing Activity based on pre-test
4 score, and Post-Test)**
Chapter 2 (pre-test, Reinforcement Activities based on pre-test score, Real-World Editing Activity based on pre-test
5 score, and Post-Test)**
Unit 1 Test
7 Chapter 3
8 Chapter 4
Unit 2 Test
9 Chapter 5
Chapter 6
10 Chapter 7
11 Mid-term
Unit 3 Test
12 Chapter 8
13 Chapter 9
14 Unit 4 Test
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Unit 5 Test
Chapter 13

15 Chapter 14

16 Unit 6 Test
Final Exam

*See the Content Tab in Desire 2 Learn (D2L) for exact due dates.

**Process repeated for every chapter; see Evaluation Section of syllabus for details.

This schedule can be revised at any time at the discretion of the instructor, and students will be provided with a revised

schedule on D2L.

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