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ENGL 150: Reading and Composition (1A)

Thank you for your interest in Online English 150! Before our adventure in online learning begins on Monday, January 13, 2014.

Access Requirements

No mandatory campus visits are required to take this course. The course, however, is not a self-paced course but an online community of learners working through a 17-week semester. It unfolds week-by-week with the whole class participating in weekly exercises and discussions together. If you are seeking an independent studies course, know in advance that this is not one. It is recommended that you log on at least 3 different days a week to work in the course, but you can choose whichever days and times suit you. A new week of course content with assignments is released each week for you to work on during the week. Students should be prepared to dedicate a minimum of 6 to 9 hours per week to the class in order to be successful. Please note that online learning requires much more independence than traditional classroom learning. Students must learn to take initiative, to be very organized, and to exercise a great deal of self-discipline in order to stay on top of the material and to meet all of the deadlines.

For a more detailed description of course content and requirements, you may  review the Syllabus at:

(Please note that minor changes may be made to the syllabus this term.)

Students will access the class web site in Moodle via MyCOM. For information about getting a MyCOM account, read the FAQ's on the MyCOM Portal login page. #7 on the Portal login page explains how to get to Moodle.

First Day of Class Instructions

All enrolled students are required to login to the class Moodle website between 6 pm Monday, January 13, 2014 and 6 pm Tuesday, January  14, 2014 to hold their spot in the class. If a registered student does not login to the class site during this 24-hour period, his or her spot may be given to a student on the waitlist. (The waitlist is long and there is a shortage of class spots to meet the demand; so know that I will honor the waitlist if you do not confirm your spot and begin the course as required.)

Waitlist & Add Codes

If you are on the waitlist or attempting to add the course, email the instructor, Ingrid Kelly at, as soon as possible to indicate your desire to take the course and to receive course start up information. Please include your name, the section number of the class you wish to add, and your COM Student ID (if you have one) in your email. I do honor the official waitlist, adding students in the order they appear on the waitlist. All waitlisted students are required to e-mail the instructor at between 6 pm Monday, January 13, 2014 and 6 pm Tuesday, January  14, 2014 to request an add code for the class. Please include your full name, student ID, and the name of the course to wish to add.

I do honor the official waitlist, adding students in the order they appear on the waitlist. So please register for the waitlist before contacting me. If the waitlist is full, please wait until January 13th to contact me about adding the course. I will not give out add codes before January 13th, and you will receive no priority for contacting me before January 13th. No matter how desperately you want to take the course, there is no advantage to be had by emailing me in advance of January 13th.

Course Materials

orange book cover - everything's an argument




ISBN: 9781457606045

Publication Date: 11/09/2012

Publisher: MAC HIGHER

Estimated Student Price:

Print, new: $80.00

Print, new rental: $52.00

Print, used rental: $36.00

eBook, rent (for 180 days): $37.00

Student use of this title is: Required Details

Title: Everything's an Argument with Readings| Edition: 6

Author: Andrea A. Lunsford, John J. Ruszkiewicz, Keith Walters

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

 (Be sure to get the 6th edition; please do not purchase earlier editions of the textbook. Please make certain you have the correct version of our textbook; our text has 944 pages and the ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-0604-5. If you have fewer pages, you have the wrong version!)


red with colored stripes book cover - a writer's reference


Author: HACKER

ISBN: 9780312551995

Publication Date: 06/24/2011

Publisher: MAC HIGHER

Estimated Student Price:

Print, new: $72.00

Print, new rental: $43.20

Print, used rental: $28.80

eBook, rent (for 180 days): $34.00

Student use of this title is: Recommended

Rating: Details

Title: A Writer's Reference with Strategies for Online Learners| Edition: 7

Author: Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

Book Purchases

Students may purchase their books online by visiting COM's online bookstore, or students may buy the books at the COM campus. Please purchase the editions listed, since content and pagination in old editions of texts do not match with course assignments. This is not a course where you can get by without reading the assigned texts because the quizzes and assignments are based on specific text passages.

What To Do When You First Access The Course Online

Be advised that Moodle works best with Firefox. Not all features function with Safari for Mac users. If you run into any technical problems, check your browser using the helpful information at the following link:

You can also access for assistance.

Take some time to familiarize yourself with these 2 helpful Moodle FAQs for students and bookmark them for future reference:

Finally, there is an important note that you should read and heed at the top right of your Moodle home screen: "Closing this browser does not end your session. In order to end a session you must click on Logout (top right side of browser window). If you do not log out, your session will remain active. The next person to use this computer will have full access to your account." Make yourself a sticky note to remind yourself to log out!

I hope this email answers your preliminary questions. I look forward to working with you in Online English 150 and in guiding you on your journey as you become a more confident writer and researcher. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions along the way.

Ingrid Kelly
Instructor of English
Office: HC 207
Twitter: @ProfIngridKelly