Algoma University

ENGL 1801A  -  Language and Written Communication

Fall 2018  SYLLABUS

(Updated: October 4, 2018)

"The act of Writing is the act of discovering what you believe."  (David Hare.  A Map of the World. New York: Samuel French, 1986. 65.)

INSTRUCTOR    Professor Robert Cooper:   cooper@algomau.ca.

Website:    http://eduventure.ca.           

OFFICE HOURS    WW106.  By appointment: Monday. 10:00 to 11:00 AM

CLASS MEETINGS      

ENGL1801A             Monday.   8:30 to 9:50 AM,  Room SH407

                                    Wednesday.   8:30 to 9:50,  Room  SH407

                                    Friday  8:30 to 9:50.  Room SH407

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION

"The focus of this course will be basic English communication skills, including reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking. Through presentations and essays, students will learn to communicate effectively in the academic setting. Special attention will be given to problems in syntax, grammar, and mechanics in oral and written assignments. An elective credit not applicable to a major in English. Students cannot retain credit for more than one of ENGL 1801, ENGL 1501 and ENGL 1101. (LANG 4.5) (3 cr)”

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

This course emphasizes writing, English usage grammar, syntax, and rhetorical modes, which may include description, narration, comparison/contrast, cause/effect, definition, classification/division, exposition, and argument/persuasion. Students will be introduced to the library. Weekly assignments may include in-class and out-of-class assignments, group-work, at least two major essays, and one final essay and/or report.

ATTENDANCE

Because each week’s work builds upon the previous week’s work, discussions, seminars and lectures, and because assignments are numerous, full attendance is required. Students need to be in class to hone their oral skills in seminar and discussion situations. While a formal speech is not required, the ability to express oneself in a classroom situation is required.  Punctual and regular attendance at the various academic exercises is required of every student. After a lecture has begun, a student may not be admitted to the classroom without the instructor’s permission. If there are extenuating circumstances bearing upon a student’s absence, the instructor should be notified. Absences in excess of 20 per cent may jeopardize receipt of credit for the course.” (Quoted from Chapter 3, page 35 of the Academic Calendar.)

 

Important date: September 16 is the last date to withdraw from 2016F courses without academic penalty.

 

Cell phones must be switched off during the class as ringing telephones are distracting for the class and for the instructor. Laptops may be used for academic purposes only. Recreational use of Facebook and YouTube is not allowed in class. Again, this is because it is distracting for other students and is disrespectful to the instructor.

 

                                   

 

BROAD GOALS

Upon completion of EN1801 students should be able to produce short 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.  They should also be able to deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of situations

GRADING

Assignments (assorted)

10%

Essay #1

15

Essay #2

15

Quizzes (assorted and unannounced)

 5

Writing Folder #1

20

Writing Folder #2

20

Attendance and participation

15

 

100%

Please note that a missing assignments will result in a grade of zero (0) for that assignment until that assignment is handed in, which must be within one (1) week of the date the assignment was due.  A penalty of 10% per day, including weekends, will be assessed on all late assignments.  No make-ups will be permitted for in-class quizzes, announced or unannounced.

CONFERENCES

You will be required to meet with me for at least one (1) conference, part way through the term, at which time we will discuss your progress and areas where you will be able to improve your grade. Other conferences may be required on an as-needed basis. I hope you will feel free to meet with me to ask questions and make suggestions at these or any other times throughout the course.

REQUIRED TEXTS

Reinking, J.A. et al.  (2007). Strategies for Successful Writing.  Toronto: Pearson Canada.  Any other edition will be fine.

Plagiarism 

  1. Plagiarism is a serious offence. It will not be tolerated. The University takes a very serious view of academic offences such as plagiarism, cheating, and impersonation. Regulations and procedures stipulated in the AU Student Code of Conduct (Academic) will apply and are available in the AU Academic Calendar.

2.     This course will give you a clear understanding of plagiarism and how to avoid it. If you have any questions about plagiarism, please come and ask me. I reserve the right to process your work through plagiarism detection software such as Turnitin.

3.     Intentional, gross, and egregious plagiarism will result in summary dismissal from the course, with a grade of F. and could result in your expulsion from the university.

4.     Careless plagiarism, resulting from sloppy research methodology and a lack of care and attention to the rules of citation, will result in a failing grade for that assignment.

5.     Accidental plagiarism, as an apparent result of the learning process, may result in lost marks, but not necessarily a failing grade for the assignment.

ASSIGNMENTS

Assignments, including readings and exercises, should be prepared before the class periods in which they are to be collected or discussed. They are to be typed. Hand-written assignments will not be accepted. You will be responsible for completing all assignments even if you have been absent the day on which the assignment was given and/or collected. Please make arrangements to submit your assignments even if you are too ill to come to class.  All assignments are subject to change with one class period’s notice.

Assignment Format

  1. All assignments are designed to serve a number of purposes. They are meant to train you to become proficient with the structure of the essay. They are supposed to encourage you to expand and deepen your thinking. They are one way for you to show me how well you can do the task assigned.
  2. All assignments must be typed, double-spaced, with adequate margins (1") all round. They should comply with either the MLA or the APA format. Please refer to your text for examples and guidance.  The APA and MLA guides will also be useful.
  3. Regardless of the format chosen, every assignment must begin with a cover page that contains the following information:  Title and type of essay, your name, instructors name, course and section, date due (and date submitted if different).
  4. Each subsequent page must show the student’s name and page number.
  5. All references and quotations must be cited in the appropriate manner.
  6. Each assignment should be submitted when scheduled.  In the unlikely event that an assignment must be submitted late, it must he handed in to the faculty secretary.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Here are a few very important items of information that should make it easier for you to understand and remember what will be expected of you in your English course this semester.

1.  MOST IMPORTANT  -  The classroom and lecture space should be a place where  we feel free and comfortable to explore, try new ideas, and make mistakes.  UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will we tolerate any students (or instructor) who taint this environment by making any degrading or disempowering gesture or comment that causes another student to feel unwelcome or uncomfortable.  You are encouraged to argue any point, but remember that it is the idea that you are disputing, not the person.

2.  ALSO IMPORTANT  -  Please let me know if there is anything (major or minor) which troubles or confuses you.  I cannot help you solve a problem if I do not know about it.

3.  If you cannot hear me or another student, please make this known immediately.

4.  Take care of all 'handouts' as I will not have extras.  Handouts will be distributed only on the day of the class.  Copies missed as a result of absence must be obtained from your colleagues.

5.  If you have been absent, check with a colleague to find out what you have missed, or refer to the schedule.  You also may find some guidance and information on the web site (http://eduventure.ca/ENGL1501A18FSyll.htm) to find out what you have missed.  Then if you need further clarification, please contact me during office hours.

6.  Assignments must be handed in at the start of the class when they are due.  Late assignments must be handed in for comment.  Missing assignments will result in a grade of zero (0) for that assignment.  A late assignments will be assessed a penalty of 10 % per day, weekends included, and must be handed in within one (1) week of its due date, or a failing grade will be reported for that assignment.

7.  Hand in late assignments directly into my hand when I am not talking to another student.  Do not leave them on the desk or elsewhere, except with the departmental secretary, who will put them into my mailbox.

8.  ALWAYS save your rough copies and notes for an assignment until the end of the course.  This is for your own protection in case someone "borrows" your assignment and hands it in as his own.  Also, your rough work will serve as evidence that you are the author of the work you have handed in and have not "borrowed" it from someone.  Additionally, writing is a process, and you need to be able to show me that you are proficient in the process.  Finally, in the unlikely event that your assignment is lost, you can reconstruct a replacement, especially if you have saved a copy of the final hand-in on disk or on photo-copy.

9.  If, for some unfortunate but valid reason, you will not be able to complete an assignment on time, please consult with me to arrange for a mutually acceptable alternative without penalty.  I do understand that disasters of a personal or mechanical nature occur from time to time, and I do not believe that people should be penalized for events that are not under their control.  But you must talk to me to keep me informed.  One way to minimize the potential damages caused by these disasters is to prepare your assignments well ahead of time.  If you are unable to attend class, give your assignment to someone else to deliver to me or to the secretary.

10. Correct all errors as soon as your work is returned to you.  There is no point in my noting areas that could use improvement if you are going to ignore my suggestions.

11. If there is anything that you do not understand about the marking of a paper, or cannot correct, please consult with me before or after class, or make an appointment to see me.

12. You are responsible for the remediation of any grammatical and mechanical problems which you might have with your writing.  Sloppy writing will not be tolerated.  Fridays are set aside for this, as well as other individual problems.

SCHEDULE

 

           

 

NOTE:  Revisions of this schedule may occur throughout the course as necessity and the needs of the  students may require. 

 

Class

Week

Day

Date

Topic

Reading

Assignment Due

1

1

1

Sept 05

Introductions, Pretests, 

Mechanics Self-test A

Ch.1

 

2

1

2

 07

Preliminary writing

Theatre Review for bonus marks

 

 

3

2

3

10

Assign Essay #1

Cover Page format

Topic Selection-                      Preliminary topic review    

 

Ch.3

30-31, 334-335

 

4

2

4

 12

Summary   pptx

Finding a topic

Ch.5

 Ch 14,15

 

5

2

5

14

Library

Library Exercise

MLA Resource

Writing Lab

 

 

6

3

6

17

Workshop Summaries 

Proposal

Ch.7  
P.15-16, 427-430

Summary draft

7

3

7

19

Description

Writing Folders

 

Summary due (1)

Description draft

8

3

8

21

Individual help

 

 

9

4

9

24

Workshop Description

     Reflection

     Feedback

     Worksheet

Intro to Research

 

Description due (1)

Proposal Grade Sheet

 

10

4

10

26

Narration   Pptx

     Ethical Considerations

Start Plagiarism w. pre-test

 

Narration draft

11

4

11

28

Writing Common Errors

 

 

12

5

12

Oct

01

Workshop Narration

Workshop Proposals

     Gradesheet

pp.222- 3,271-2, 276-7

Narration due (1)

Proposal draft due 

13

5

13

03

Analogies    Pptx.

 

Proposal due for marks 

14

5

14

05

Individual help

 

 

 

 

 

09 - 12

Thanksgiving

Study Week

 

 

15

6

15

15

Workshop Analogy

Plagiarism

 

       

16

6

16

17

Comparison

Outlines

Plagiarism1801.pptx

 

Analogy draft

 

17

6

17

29

 Individual help

 

 

18

7

18

22

Workshop Comparison/Contrast - Hand-In Sheet

Workshop Folder #

Ch.11

Analogy due (1)

Comparison draft

Folder #1 draft

19

7

19

24

Cause/Effect  PowerPoint

 

Comparison Due to Folder #2

Folder #1 Due

20

7

20

26

Individual help 

 

 

21

8

21

29

Workshop Essay #1  

Workshop Cause/Effect

 Ch.9, 423

Essay #1 draft

Cause/Effect draft

22

8

22

31

Process  Analysis

Précis    Pptx

Ch 13, 420, 448.

Essay #1 due

Cause/Effect Due Folder #2

23

8

23

Nov

2

 Individual help

 

 

24

9

24

05

Workshop Process

Essay #2 - Argument/Persuasion

Workshop Précis

Ch8, 427

Cause/Effect (2)

Process draft

25

9

25

07

Definition

Toulmin

 

Process Due Folder #2

26

9

26

09

 Individual help

 

 

27

10

27

12

Workshop Definition

Argument

Continue Toulmin

 

Definition draft due

Précis Due Folder #2

28

10

28

14

Continue Toulmin

Paraphrase   (Condorcet paraphrase)

Paraphrase Powerpoint

 

Definition Due Folder #2 

29

10

29

16

 Individual help

 

 

30

11

30

19

Review Paraphrase of Condorcet

Continue Toulmin

Ch 11-12, 435, 444 

 

31

11

31

21

Argument

 

 

32

11

32

23

 Individual help

 

 

33

12

33

26

 

Workshop Folder #2

 

Paraphrase draft due

Folder #2 draft

34

12

34

28

Workshop Essay #2

 

Essay #2 draft due

Paraphrase Due Folder #2

Folder #2 Due

25

12

35

30

 

 

 

 

26

13

36

Dec

03

Last Class

 

Essay #2 Due

 

        Parts of Speech   and web page