Department of English, Fine Arts, and Music                                                       Winter 2015

ENGL 1502A and B: Language and Writing II: Academic Writing (3,0)         3 Credits

Winter 2015  SYLLABUS

(Updated: January 9, 2015)                

Prerequisites:    Prerequisite:  ENGL1501E or permission of the instructor or Department. 

 

Instructor: 

 Class Meeting Times:  

 

Office Hours:   Room WW 106

                        By appointment or immediately after class 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

10:00 11:00

 

10:00 11:00

 

 

               

Required Texts:      Ballenger, R.  The Curious Researcher8/E  Boston: Pearson, 2000.

Recommended Texts:  Buckley, J.  (2003).  Checkmate (with Workbook).  Scarborough: Thomson Nelson.

                                    Or any good handbook of English

      A good Dictionary

Course Description:

"A study of written English with particular emphasis on longer essays, methods of research, reports, and research papers. It introduces the student to the process of writing academic essays and methods of writing to improve their abilities as readers, thinkers, researchers, and writers.  Students should complete this course early in their program whenever possible.  An elective credit is not applicable to a concentration in English.  Prerequisite:  ENGL1501 E or permission of the instructor.  (LANG 3) (3 cr)

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

This course emphasizes research writing and English usage.  Students will become familiar with library, internet, and other research sources.  Weekly assignments may include in-class and out-of-class assignments, two major essays, a web site, Power Points, and conference posters.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of EN111 students should be able to produce research essays and reports that are free of grammatical, mechanical, and syntactical errors, that are well researched organized, interesting, and appropriate in style and format for academic and professional writing.

Important date: Jan 23 is the last date to withdraw from 2015F courses without academic penalty.

ENGL1502 Outcomes

Rhetorical Knowledge
By the end of ENGL1502, students should be able to do the following:

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing
By the end of ENGL1502, students should be able to do the following:

Processes
By the end of ENGL1502, students should be able to do the following:

Knowledge of Conventions
By the end of ENGL1502, students should be able to do the following:

         Incorporate patterns of organization (e.g. process, compare/contrast, cause/effect) within a research project, understanding how structure and form shape data and information.

         Practice the methods of inquiry and citation expected of university-level writing; understand how to use those methods within specific disciplines, fields, or occupations.

         Develop their understanding of the functions of syntax, grammar, punctuation and spelling; build upon a rule-based understanding of grammar to develop a meaning-based understanding of how mechanics contribute to expression and style

Grading Scale and Policies:

 

Item(s) % Due

Assignments

40%

See schedule

Class work*

10%

Throughout

Essay #1

20%

March 2-3, 2015

Final paper

20%

March 23-4, 2015

Presentation

10%

March 30 - April 2, 2015

*  Includes attendance, workshop participation, quizzes, other work done in class.

        Assignment Schedule

Assignment % Due
Essay #1 Proposal 10% January 21-22, 2015
Website Evaluation 10% January 28, 2015
Annotated Bibliography 10% February 4-5, 2015
Essay #2 Proposal 10% March 9-11, 2015

 

 

Ground Rules:

 

1.    Completing assignments on time and keeping up with the class material is important for success in this course and in college.  Late assignments will not be accepted except for legitimate pre-approved reasons as determined by the instructor.  Examples of legitimate reasons include severe illness, death in family.  A doctor's note may be required.

2.    Students are expected to perform all assigned work themselves.  Any form of cheating or plagiarism will be handled in accordance with the University Regulations.  Violations may result in an F for the course grade.

4.    Cell phones must be turned off for all class and work sessions.  If the cell phone is on and rings, the student will be asked to leave the class for the day and this will count as an absence.

5.    Attend all classroom sessions.

6.    Complete all reading and assignments before class.

7.    Ask questions if you do not understand anything (except the meaning of life).

 

Writing Lab Services

Take charge and learn to express yourself by visiting the Writing Lab in the Learning Centre.  The Writing Lab instructor will work with you on a one-to-one basis, helping you work through all writing-related issues in a variety of disciplines. The goal is to help students generate, organize, revise and improve their writing. The Writing Lab instructor will look at work at any stage of the writing process. You can go to the Lab to talk out ideas for a paper, or to clarify a thesis statement, or to restructure an essay, or to help identify awkward sentence structure and word choice.

It is expected that students with special writing problems will work with the Writing Lab to solve those problems.

 

Tentative Course Outline - ENGL1502AB15W: order and length of course content will vary depending on the perceived need of the students.

 

   

                                                                         (Schedule revised March 16, 2015)

Class No.

Week

Day

Date

Topic

Reading Assignment

Assignment Due

1

1

M-T

01/05-06

Introduction,                                  New Research Paper

 

 

2

1

W-R*

01/07-08

Grounded Theory  Research Proposal

Research Prospectus

Introduction

 

3

2

M-T

01/12-13

Research Strategies                                      Topic Search

Ch.1.

 

4

2

W-R

01/14-15

Formatting

 

Appendix  A and B

Reaction Questions

5

3

M-T

01/19-20

Search Engines  Finding a Topic

Workshop Proposal #1

Ch. 2

to p, 84.

Proposal #1 Draft

6

3

W-R

01/21-22

Website Evaluation  Go Here for ppt

 

Proposal Due

7

4

M-T

01/26-27

Review Toulmin                     Kennedy Movie Analysis

Ch. 3.

 

8

4

W-R

01/28-29

Workshop Website Evaluations

Finish Kennedy Movie Analysis

 

Website Evaluation Draft

9

5

M-T

02/02-03

Annotated Bibliographies

 Ch. 4.

Website Evaluation

10

5

W-R

02/04-05

Workshop Annotated Bibliography      Working Outline

 

Annotated Bibliography

Draft

 

11

6

M-T

02/09-10

Proofreading

 Ch. 5.

 Annotated Bibliography

12

6

W-R

02/11-12

Individual Meetings as scheduled      Transitions and Link Words

 

Working Outline

All work to date

 

 

Break

Week

02/16-20

Spring Break

 

 

13

7

M-T

02/23-24

Workshop Essay #1

 

Essay #1 Draft

14

7

W-R

02/25-26

Interviewing

Assign Essay #2  -  Assignment

Asking Good Questions

84 - 96

 

15

8

M-T

03/02-03

Interviewing exercises

 

Essay #1 Due 

Proposal #2 Draft

16

8

W-R

03/04-05

Interviewing continued

Workshop Proposal #2

 

 

17

9

M-T

03/09-10

Structures of Argument

 

Proposal for Essay #2

18

9

W-R

03/11-12

Structures of Argument

 

 

19

10

M-T

03/16-17

Workshop Part 2              Presentations

 

Part 2 of Interview  -  Narrative Draft

20

10

W-R

03/18-19

Presentations continued

 

 

21

11

M-T

03/23-24

Workshop Part 3

 

Part 3 of Interview  -  Interpretation  Draft

22

11

W-R

03/25-26

 Workshop Essay #2

 

 

23

12

M-T

03/30-31

Research Conference

 

Essay #2 Due

Presentations

 24

12

W-R

04/01

Research Conference

 

Presentations

 

 

 

04/07-23

Exam Week  -  N0 EXAM

 

 

* R - Thursday

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