Eng 121 - Syllabus
Prof. Bernarducci

Location: RH 202

Making Contact

Phone: 732-548-6000 X-3074

Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday
6:30 - 8am (no appointment needed - I will be in my office)
12:30 - 2:30 (I will only be in my office by appointment)0

Emails to Prof. B

  • = Canvas Inbox
    To send email
    My primary way to communicate to you is through email. To send me an email use the Canvas Inbox.
    Emails sent to any other email address will not be read nor get a response.
    Do not use Gmail or any other type of email

      Be sure to:

  • write your class section ( IN or IN1) in the subject line

  • write what the email is abut in the subject line

       If writing to seek clarification about a grade for an assignment

  • include the assignment specifics - copied & pasted from the assignment  page; provide as much info as you think will be needed to help you
  • ask specific question
  • include your assignment submission with my comments on it.

      If writing to generally inquire about your overall performance, to vent frustration, and\or seek guidance

  • include specific questions
  • include the assignment or assignments you have questions about.

        Without the above information it is difficult to help you with a reply.
        Provide as much info as possible.

        I do not check email everyday (I too have a life).
        I usually check on days assignments are due. If you need a quick response, our Discussion Board is your better choice. Students
        can create categories and help each other.

Emails from Prof. B

  • To receive email
    There must be space in your Canvas inbox.
    If your mailbox is full, you will not receive email.
    Be sure to frequently empty your email (Canvas Inbox), and keep space available to get emails

Making other contact

  • Chat Room
    online chat

    Chatting online is possible through Canvas. Let me know if interested, and I will make myself available and set it up.
    Go to: Home Page - click chat (left side menu)
    If at any time, you would like me to meet you there - send  me an email request, and we can arrange a time to meet and chat.
    * Students are encouraged to use this chat function to communicate with each other.
    * If you would like me to join in, let me know, and we can arrange a time
  • Discussion Board
    Go to: The Home Page - click: Discussions (left side menu)
    This is an open forum; questions & responses can be seen by the entire class. In addition to my responses, you can interact
    easily and often with peers and get answers from them.

    * It is highly preferred that you use the Discussion Board before emailing me for questions or concerns because we can all see the 
      questions and my or a peer's responses.
    * There will always be a forum for General Discussion - or you can easily start your own forum for specific concerns

Contacting a Peer

  • Inbox
  • Chat
    At any time students can set up a "Chat" with or without Prof. B.
    Go to: Home Page - click: Chat (left side menu).

Required Computer Connectivity, Availability, Programs, Textbooks

  • A reliable computer
    A reliable Internet connection is required.
    Work will not be accepted late nor be given extensions because of an Internet connectivity issue.
    It is the student's responsibility to maintain and\or always have a properly functioning  computer and Internet connection
  • MS Word 2003 or higher is required; all work must be submitted in MS Word 2003 or higher.       
    Must be available for the first day of class. If needed,  MCC computer labs have MS Word available for student use
  • Adobe PDF Reader is required (Click here for free PDF Reader) if needed
  • There are no textbooks required for Eng 121 Online.
  • All assigned readings, resources, & videos can be accessed at: ENG121.net

Online resources for this class
  is the website for this class. On this website are:

  • All readings for assignments
  • Link to helpful resources
  • Video tutorials

Grading Criteria\Course Components & Grades

  • 15% Shorter Writings (lowest grade dropped Fall\Spring semesters)
  • 15% Essay pre\post: (prewrites & peer critiques) (lowest grade dropped Fall\Spring semesters)
  • 20 % Essay Final Copies
  • 15% Timed Essays: 1,2,3 (lowest grade dropped Fall\Spring semesters)
  • 15% Timed Essay 4
  • 20% Research Project (4 steps-each weighted as speified)
  •   5% Extra Credit (optional)

      To see your grades click: Grades  (left side menu)

Semester Schedule
This is an outline of all course assignments for the semester - located on The Home Page.
Each week has ONE MODULE for students to accomplish (there are 2 assignments per module)  
Frequently check the Schedule to stay current with class work.


Follow assignment directions.
Label\Format assignments correctly.
Submit assignments correctly.

Finding assignments

  • All Assignments, Discussions, and Timed Essays (quizzes) are found by clicking: Assignments or Calendar (left side menu)
    Open (when available) and Close (when no longer available) are on the Schedule and also on each Assignment page.
  • Assignments are also available in each weekly MODULE. (each week has one MODULE to complete)
    An easy way of knowing what is due is to click on the week's MODULE (link is on the left menu of the Home Page.
    There are usually 2 assignments per week; they are located in that week's MODULE.
  • Modules.
    There is one Module per week for students to complete. Each contains the following:
    * Outcomes = what should be learned fro the assigned work
    * Links to resources (readings, videos, websites, etc)  to guide students through the work assigned
    * Assignments = what is to be done and submitted

There are several different assignment types. They are not all submitted the same,

  • Those submitted via an uploaded MS Word file
    Sorter Writings
    Essay Final Copies
    Research Step 3 & 4.
  • Those submitted on the Discussion Board (like a message board)
    Essay Prewrites
    Essay Peer Critiques
    Research Steps 1 & 2)
  • Those submitted online
    Timed Essays

Assignments have the following

  •  All assignments have Opens & Closes dates.
       Opens = become available to be submitted (all assignments open at 12 am as noted on the Semester Schedule).
       Closes = are no longer available, cannot be submitted.
                     Fall\Spring Semesters:
    all assignments close at 10am as noted on the Semester Schedule.
                     Summer Semester: all assignments close at 2pm as noted on the Semester Schedule
  • Assigned Reading, Discussion\lecture for this assignment
    (some will have References from prior assignments that you may find helpful)

    This provides guidance, reference, and examples to help you accomplish the assignment - follow all links, and do the reading before attempting the assignment. this section is in lieu of a classroom presentation - it is the online presentation for the assignment.
  • Assignment Outcomes
    This is the reason to do the assignment - what is to be learned\practiced\explored - be aware of the objective and gear your assignment to accomplish it - gear your writing and learning around the objective.
  • Directions
    This is what you will be assignment to write - read the direction very carefully and follow them judiciously, so your wok can be found and evaluated properly. Many assignments have more than one part - be sure to label the work as indicated
  • Labeling\Formatting Requirements  
    These are specific requirements of how your assignment should be submitted; all assignments are not submitted the same.
    Carefully and completely follow the directions, or there is good chance I will not be able to receive your assignment, and you will not get a grade. Work not submitted, or labeled, or in MS Word, may never reach my attention (assignments are downloaded en mass and uploaded after evaluation, and must adhere to the above specifications to be processed.
  • A link to: How to submit the assignment
  • Grading
    States how the assignment is to be graded. To get the best results be sure to address the requirements and criteria

Submitting Assignments

  • All Written Assignments (except Discussions and Timed essays)  are to be submitted in MS Word format. 
    Do not submit assignment in any other format.
  • Discussions are to be submitted on The Discussion Board associated with the assignment.
  • Put your name & Assignment name on EVERYTHING you submit (via file, message board, or Timed Writing).
    Assignments without a Name & Assignment designation may not be graded nor accepted.
  • Due dates are specified on the Semester Schedule (on The Welcome Page)
  • Assignments open & close as specified on The Semester Schedule on The Welcome Page.
    You have enough time to do all assignments; extended time is not given - don't ask!|
  • Be on time and submit work as per class policy
    see: Late or emailed work policy
  • All work is submitted via Campus Cruiser see: how to find and submit assignments
  • Emailed  work is not accepted and immediately deleted
  • All work, except message boards, is to be submitted in MS Word 2003 or higher
  • Submit work early. Do not wait for the last moment. If there is an issue with the Internet, or an incorrect assignment was submitted, if I am notified in a timely manner, I may be able to reset your account and have the assignment re-submitted
  • All students will be held to the same deadlines & course policies


Once you submit an assignment the following happens:

  • I download and critique the assignments the same day it is due (after it closes).
  • When they assignments are graded, I return it via email the same day it is due with lots of comments. Much of my comments (feedback) comes in the way of abbreviations (I call them codes). Codes are explained with corrections, examples, guidance, and all sorts of help in the Glossary. (located on Eng121.net) It now becomes your task to look up the codes, learn where you are making mistakes or where you are writing well and utilize this information the next time your have an assignment. Learn from your mistakes, and do not make the same mistake again.
  • Assignments are then returned and accompanied with an explanatory email with further instructions and guidance.
  • Grades can be accessed from  Student Tools - My Grades (left side of Welcome Page)
  • NOTE:
    Keep your mailbox available to get your assignments back; empty it frequently
    If you do not receive assignments back:
         - first check to see if your email is available
         - check to see that was labeled correctly
         - check to see it was submitted correctly.

Wildcard Option
Near the end of the semester students may have the opportunity to submit limited late work, limited uncommitted assignments, and\or limited re-writes for an upgrade.
see: Wildcard Option
(only available during Fall & Spring Semester)

  • Near the end of the semester students may have the opportunity to submit limited late work, and\or re-write for an upgrade.
    see: Wildcard Option
    (only available during Fall & Spring Semester)

Late\emailed work policy

  • Late or emailed work is not accepted for any reason. I am not kidding! 
    Do not request that I accept late or emailed work; it will be refused. Schedule your time.
    Regularly check the semester schedule to stay current with work.
    late or emailed work policy

Plagiarism Policy
The aim of this course is to give you sound guidance to help you to be a more critical thinker, confident writer, and optimistic learner. I will do my honest best and work diligently to help you succeed. I expect the same of you. Using someone else's work as your own is dishonest and demonstrates a lack of integrity not tolerated at MCC. More importantly, you are teaching yourself to be a liar and a cheat. If that is your intention, please do it elsewhere. Any incidence of plagiarism will result in an unacceptable assignment in which it appears. Previous assignments may then be checked, If further evidence of plagiarism is found, it will result in an immediate "F" semester grade, and I will recommend that the offender be immediately dismissed from this college. Don't do it!
To learn more about plagiarism and how to avoid it see: plagiarism

Catalog Course Description
Through a variety of writing projects requiring description, characterization, narration, illustration, process analysis, comparison and contrast, and definition, as well as through a documented essay, the student develops competence writing clear, correct, effective English prose. Extensive reading materials serve as structural models and as the bases for discussion and for the writing of essays involving response, analysis, and synthesis.  During the course, the student will write between 7,000 and 10,000 words, including drafts and revisions.

Eng 121 Course Description
Eng 121 GE COM
English Composition I

3 credits (3-0)
Prerequisite(s): A passing score on the College Placement Test, or a grde of "C" or better in Eng010 and Rdg011 (Rdg 011 can be a co-requisite: Rdg011 may be taken as a co-requisite if not previously completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Through a variety of writing projects requiring competence in clear, correct, and effective English, students will use inferential and critical skills in the process of composing documented essays. Extensive reading material serve as structural models and as the bases for discussion and for the writing of essays involving response, analysis, and synthesis.

Eng121 Outcomes

  • Compose coherent, developed, and grammatically correct essays that illustrate college-level discourse
  • Paraphrase, summarize and respond to text
  • Synthesize appropriate scholarly source material into a documented essay
  • Follow MLA rules for documentation
  • Apply inferential and critical skills to college-level readings
  • Demonstrate mastery of the writing process

Assessment Statement
With the goal of continuing to improve the quality of educational services offered to students, Middlesex County College conducts assessments of student achievement of course, program, and institutional learning outcomes. Student work is used anonymously as the basis of these assessments, and the work you do in this course may be used in these assessment efforts.