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Algoma University

ENGL 1801A  -  Academic Writing: Fundamentals

Winter 2018  SYLLABUS

(January 8, 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.                    CMS

OFFICE HOURS    WW106.  By appointment: Monday, 5:30 PM

CLASS MEETINGS      

ENGL1801A             Monday.   5:30 to 6:50  PM. Room EW201

                                   Wednesday.  4:00 to 6:50 PM. Room  EW201

ENGL1801B            Monday. 8:30 to 9:50 AM. Room EW205

                                  Wednesday. 8:30 to 9:50 AM.  Room EW205

                                  Friday. 8:30 to 9:50 AM.  Room EW205

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 each class 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: January 19 is the last date to withdraw from 2018W 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 may 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.

TEXTS

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

See also:  MyCanadianCompLab

A good dictionary or internet access

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, available online at http://www.algomau.ca/uploads/file/pdf/chapter_3.pdf.

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 format.
  3. Every assignment must begin with a cover page that contains the following information:  Title and type of essay, your name, instructor's name, course and section, date due (and date submitted if different).
  4. Each subsequent page must show the student’s name and page number in the running head.
  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/ENGL1801A18WSyll.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.

Schedule

                                                     

 

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

 

March 6, 2018

Class

Week

Day

Date

Topic

Reading

Assignment Due

1

1

1

Jan 08

Introductions  Self Introduction

Syllabus

Format Assign "Slip-Sliding Away" Summary for Wednesday

 Read Ch.1

 

2

1

2

Jan 10

Summary   PowerPoint

Plagiarism  Pptx

 

30-31, 334-335

Read CNS material, and pp. 341-344, 395-6.

3

2

1

Jan 15

Workshop Summaries 

Preliminary topic review Topic Selection-  Assign Essay #1

Finish Plagiarism.

Ch.5

Ch 14,15

Summary draft

4

2

2

Jan 17

Library Intro 

Essay Instructions                               Library Work  -  Proposed Bibliography for essay

 

Summary due (1)

5

3

1

Jan 22

Description

 

Writing Lab

 Ch.7  
P.15-16, 427-430

 

6

3

2

Jan 24

Workshop Description

Narration

Formatting

Ch.6

Ch.3

Description draft

Description due (1)

7

4

1

Jan 29

Finish Narration

Research Intro

Writing Folders

Helping Students Memorize

 

8

4

2

Jan31

 

Workshop Narration

Proposal 

Theatre Reviews for Bonus Marks

   

9

5

1

Feb 05

Outlines

Comparison/Contrast   

 

 

10

5

2

Feb 07

Analogies  0r Analogy.pptx

Workshop Comparison/Contrast - Hand-In Sheet

 Ch.9, 423

Analogy draft for workshop

 

 

11

6

1

Feb 12

Workshop Proposal

  Finish Analogy

Using Secondary Sources

Ch 13, 420, 448.

Folder #1 draft

Analogy due (1)

Proposal due for work shopping

12

6

2

Feb 14

Workshop Folder #1

 

Ch.11

Comparison (2)

Proposal DUE

 

 

 

Feb 19

Reading Week

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 21

Reading Week

 

 

13

7

1

Feb 26

Hand in Writing Folder #1                            Workshop Essay #1                                  Common Writing Errors

 

Essay #1 draft

Folder #1 DUE

 

14

7

2

Feb 28

Cause/Effect  PowerPoint

Common Writing Errors

Ch8, 427

Essay #1 DUE

Cause/Effect draft

15

8

1

Mar 05

Paraphrase   Condorcet paraphrase  pptx.  Workshop Cause/Effect

 

Process draft

16

8

2

Mar 07

Finish Paraphrase

Process Analysis  pptx

 

Process due (2)

17

9

1

Mar 12

Workshop Process Analysis

Argument/Persuasion Essay #2 - Argument Assignment

Argument

 

Definition draft

18

9

2

Mar 14

Definition   Ppt.                                  

Ch 11-12, 435, 444 

Definition due (2)

 

19

10

1

Mar 19

Workshop Definition  -  Reflection

Toulmin 

Carrier Bag analysis 

 

Read for information:

Learn from Texts

20

10

2

Mar 21

 Review handout - W. F.May

Conditions of Truth, Evidence, Belief (TEB)

Summary

 

Analysis of Capital Punishment due.

21

11

1

Mar 26

Outlines

 

 

22

11

2

Mar 28

Workshop Folder #2

Finish Outlines

 

Folder #2 draft

 

 

 

Apr 02

Closed for Easter Monday

 

 

23

12

1

Apr 04

Workshop Essay #2

     -  Argument Evaluation

How to write good

How to write F papers

Taking Essay Exams

Study Tips & Tricks 

Logical Fallacies (part 1)

Picking off the lint (Ex5.6)

 

Folder #2 Due

Essay #2 Draft Due

 24

 12

 2

 Apr09

Last Class

Reflective Writing and discussion

 

Essay #2 due

Finish T.E.B. lecture

Video: In Search of the Edge

Flat Earth Society

See week Jan 12 CMS for 

and Origin of Language,

Communication Theory.

Discussed essay ideas.

Analysed "The Declaration of Independence."

Collected Definitions and Analyses of "Capital Punishment"

Workshop Process

Workshop Precis

Start Argument - Toulmin

Process pptx.

Précis

Assignment pg.1, pg.2.

Workshop Essay #1