ALGOMA UNIVERSITY

ENGL1801A20F: Off Campus

Academic Writing: Fundamentals  -  Course Syllabus

Instructor: Prof. Robert Cooper

Group class time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 to 9:50 AM

Office hours: During class, or by appointment, or by email

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Email address: cooper@algomau.ca

Website: http://eduventure.ca/ENGL1801A20FOffCamp.htm

Welcome to Algoma University

A note from the president

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As you know, recently, the decision was made to deliver fall programming remotely in a non-face-to-face environment. This decision was made after full consultation with the internal community - including student leaders. We don’t know what the winter term will look like yet - but we will make this decision mid-fall. We strongly suggest that you not delay decisions for the fall registration but work with advisors to support your long-term plans.  I have included a short video sharing how we made this decision as well as my own personal thoughts about the situation we have found ourselves in. I truly believe this is a tremendous learning opportunity for all of us, myself included. The world will change post-COVID, that is certain. The technology skills we are adopting, adapting to and learning about are the same technologies global businesses, industries and communities are utilizing during the pandemic. I believe the skills our students will have emerging from this experience will help them post-graduation in ways we have not even considered. The video is approximately 3 minutes

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course can expect to have acquired the following skills:

1.   The ability to write university papers at an introductory level using correct grammar and punctuation, appropriate tone and diction, and suitable research methods and  critical thinking.

2.   The ability to read academic literature in English at an introductory level and engage with it critically.

3.   Study skills for university courses including note taking, information and library skills, and an understanding of how to participate in class discussions.

4.   Intercultural skills for all students including an awareness of cultural differences and strategies for clarifying the expectations of different disciplines and professors.

5.   A clear understanding of and commitment to academic integrity.

Recommended Texts

Moore, Miriam and Susan Anker. Real Writing Essentials: From Paragraph to Essay. Boston: Bedford-St. Martin’s, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-319-15344-1

This eBook is available from our store. You may follow this link to check it:
https://www.vitalsource.com/en-ca/products/real-writing-essentials-miriam-moore-v9781319153472?term=9781319153472

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): https://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Any good dictionary.  Internet access

All aspects of the course must be completed in order for a final grade to be issued.

Grading    

Assignments

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 missing an assignments will result in a grade of zero (0) for that assignment.  No make-ups will be permitted for in-class quizzes, announced or unannounced.

Late Policy

I will adhere to the Humanities Division late policy of a 2% deduction per day late  unless you can provide documented evidence of a legitimate reason for having been unable to meet the deadline (e.g. a doctor’s note).  Assignments build upon each other in this course. If you get late with one, you will find it hard to keep up.

Class Attendance

It is expected that all students will attend every class.  However, if you are unable to attend the scheduled class every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you should make sure that you watch the recorded video of that class as soon as you can, so that you do not fall behind.

Plagiarism & Academic Dishonesty

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 https://www.algomau.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Academic-calendar_2020-21.pdf

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

Consultations

Please email me to arrange one-on-one consultations if you have concerns about the course, have questions about the course material, or wish to discuss your work and essays with me as you are working on them. Do remember to plan ahead and make arrangements to see me in time for it to be helpful! Brief or unexpected queries can be addressed in my office hours listed at the top of this course outline.

Submitting Work

It is your responsibility to retain a back-up copy of all work you submit for this course.

Conduct in Class Discussions

Please remember the discussions we have in our first class about class expectations.

Class Schedule

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

Class

Week

Date

Topic

Reading

Assignment Due

1

1

Sept 09

Week 1 Instructions

            Introductions

 

ch.13-14

 

2

1

11

Summary   pptx                            Writing Folders

Recording of class.

 

 

3

2

14

Week 2

Workshop Summaries

Begin Essay #1  Intro to Research

Topic Selection-     

Finding a topic

Note-taking  - 

 

 Summary draft

4

2

16

Preliminary topic review 

Library Introduction  

Library Exercise

Search Phrases

Developing Research Strategy

Recording of class

 

 

5

2

18

MLA Formatting

MLA Resource                                 Cover Page format

Sample Cover Page

Sample MLA Bibliography

Proposal

 

 

 

pp.179-180 

 

6

3

21

Week 3

MLA Formatting

 

ch.5

Summary due (1)

 

 

 

7

3

23

Paraphrase Instructions

Paraphrase (htm)  Powerpoint

(Condorcet paraphrase)

 

 

8

3

25

Workshop Narration

Individual help and grammar

 

Narration draft 

Proposal due for marks 

9

4

28

Week 4

Description

     Reflection

     Feedback

     Worksheet

 

ch.7

Narration due (1)

 

10

4

30

Précis    Pptx

 

 

11

4

Oct  02

Writing Common Errors

Workshop Description

 

 

Description draft due 

12

5

05

Week 5

Process  Analysis   pptx.

Process Topics

 

ch.8

Description due (1)

 

13

5

07

 

Analogies    Pptx.

 

 

14

5

 

Individual help and grammar

Workshop Process

 

 

 

 

14 - 16

Thanksgiving Break - No Classes

 

 

15

6

19

Week 6

Workshop Analogy

 

Process Due (2)

16

6

21

Outlines

Plagiarism1801.pptx

 

 

17

6

23

Individual help and grammar

 

 

18

7

26

Week 7

Classification/Division

Workshop Comparison/Contrast - Hand-In Sheet

Workshop Folder #

 

 

ch.9

 Analogy due (2)

 

19

7

28

 Toulmin Instructions

 

 

20

7

30

Individual help and grammar 

Wkshp Classification

 

Classification draft due

21

8

02

Week 8

Definition (htm)  PowerPoint

Definition Instructions

Workshop Essay #1

Workshop Cause/Effect

 

ch.10

 

Essay #1 draft

Classification due (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

8

04

 

 

Essay #1 due

Folder #2 Due

24

8

06

Individual help and grammar

Wkshp Definition

 

 

Definition draft due

25

9

09

Week 9

Comparison/Contrast

Process Analysis Workshop

Essay #2

Instructions   Argument

 

ch.11

Definition due (2)

26

9

11

Workshop Précis

 

 

27

9

13

Individual help and grammar

Wkshp Comparison/Contrast

 

 

28

10

16

Week 10

Cause/Effect  PowerPoint

Workshop Definition

Introductions and Conclusions

 

ch.12 

Précis Due (2)

Comparison due (2)

29

10

18

Paraphrase

 

 

 

30

10

20

Individual help and grammar

Wkshp Cause/Effect

 

 

Cause draft due 

31

11

23

Week 11

Review Paraphrase of Condorcet

 

Cause/Effect Due (2) 

Paraphrase draft due

32

11

25

 

 

 

33

11

27

Individual help and grammar

 

Paraphrase Due (2)

34

12

30

Week 12 

Workshop Folder #2

 

Folder #2 draft

35

12

Dec  02

Workshop Essay #2

 

Essay #2 draft due

Folder #2 Due

36

12

04

Individual help

 

 

37

13

08

 

Last Class

 

Essay #2 Due

Library 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narration   Pptx

     Ethical Considerations

 

Workshop Proposals  Gradesheet

Proposal Grade Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start Plagiarism w. pre-test

Plagiarism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Important Dates

Sept. 9 Fall 2020 classes begin including 20FW and 20F courses Sept.

18 No registrations or course changes permitted for 20FW and 20F courses after this date. Students withdrawing from first term and full term courses after this date will receive a ‘W’ on their academic record.

Oct. 12 Thanksgiving Day; Algoma University is closed

Oct. 12-16 Study Week

 Oct. 30 Last day to withdraw from 2020F courses without academic penalty. Students withdrawing from 20F term courses after this date will receive an ‘F’ grade on their academic record.

Nov. 13 Last day for current students to register for 2021W courses without penalty; late fee applies after this date.

Nov. 16 Late registration for 21W term courses

Dec. 8 Last day of classes for 2020F courses; 2020FW courses recess

Dec. 9 Study Day and Staff/Faculty Professional Development Day

Dec. 10-22 Official final examination period for 20F courses and mid-term examinations for 20FW courses

Dec. 31  All final grades for 20F courses must be submitted.

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