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Algoma University

ENGL1801ABC  -  Academic Writing: Fundamentals

Winter 2019  SYLLABUS

(January 7, 2019)

"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, 10:00 AM

CLASS MEETINGS      

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

ENGL1801B             Monday, 11:30 to 12:50, Friday, 7:00 to 9:50 PM. Room

ENGL1801C            Tuesday, 11:30 to 12:50, Thursday, 11:30 to 2:20 PM. Room

 

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 ENGL1801, ENGL1501 and ENGL1101. (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 16 is the last date to withdraw from 2019W 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 ENGL1801 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)

10

Writing Folder #1

20

Writing Folder #2

20

Attendance and participation

10

 

100%

 

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

Required:  Reinking, J.A. et al.  (2007). Strategies for Successful Writing.  Toronto: Pearson Canada.  ISBN 978-0-205-96989-0. Any other edition will be fine.

Suggested for International students or others who are having trouble with grammar:  Checkmate Workbook.  3rd edition, ISBN 9780176502560.

See also:  MyCanadianCompLab

A good dictionary or internet access

Plagiarism 

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.

ASSIGNMENTS

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.  Assignments, including readings and exercises, should be prepared before the class periods in which they are to be collected or discussed.  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.

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, on one side of the paper only. They should comply with either the MLA or APA  -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.

 

Schedule 

                

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  Updated 03 January, 2019

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

 

Class

Week

Topic

Reading

Assignment Due

1

1

Jan 07

Week One

Diagnostic Test A  

Ch.1

 

2

1

 

Student Introductions

Review Diagnostic A  -  Answers

Problem chart

30-31,100,334-5

 

3

1

Summary   PowerPoint

Assign Essay #1

Topic Selection   Finding a topic

 

319-323 

Ch. 3, 319-323

 

4

2

Jan 14

Week Two

Workshop Summary

MLA Format

Cover Page format

Ch. 3

30-31, 334-335

Summary Draft 

5

2

Description

Preliminary topic review

Ch. 6

Ch. 14,15

 

6

2

Library and Library Exercise

 

 

7

3

Jan 21

Description

Week Three

Workshop Description

     Reflection

     Feedback

     Worksheet

Ch. 7  
P.15-16, 427-430

Description Draft

8

3

Topic Preparation

Proposal

Proposal Grade Sheet

 

 

9

3

Individual help

 

 

10

4

Jan 28

Week Four

Workshop Narration

Intro to Research

 

Narration draft

11

4

Theatre Review for bonus marks

Narration   Pptx

Ethical Considerations

Writing Folders

Start Plagiarism w. pre-test

 

 

12

4

Writing Common Errors

 

 

13

5

Feb 04

Week Five

Workshop Proposals

     Gradesheet

pp.222- 3,271-2, 276-7

Proposal draft due 

14

5

 

 

Proposal due for marks 

15

5

Individual help

 

 

16

6

Feb 11

Week Six

Workshop Analogy

Plagiarism

 

       

17

6

Comparison

Analogies    Pptx.

Outlines

Plagiarism1801.pptx

 

Analogy draft

 

18

6

 Individual help

 

 

 

 

Family Day and Reading Week

 

 

19

7

Feb 25

Workshop Comparison/Contrast - Hand-In Sheet

Workshop Folder #

Ch. 11

Comparison draft

Folder #1 draft

20

7

Cause/Effect  PowerPoint

 

Folder #1 Due

21

7

Individual help 

 

 

22

8

Mar 04

Introductions and Conclusions Workshop Essay #1

Workshop Cause/Effect

 Ch. 9, 423

Essay #1 draft

Cause/Effect draft

23

8

Process  Analysis Process pptx

Ch .13, 420, 448.

Essay #1 due

 

24

8

 Individual help

 

 

25

9

Mar 11

Workshop Process

Essay #2 - Argument/Persuasion

Workshop Précis

Ch. 8, 427

Cause/Effect (2)

Process draft

26

9

Definition

Toulmin

 

 

27

9

 Individual help

 

 

28

10 Mar 18

Workshop Definition

Argument

Continue Toulmin

 

Definition draft due

29

10

Continue Toulmin

 

 

30

10

 Individual help

 

 

31

11

Mar 25

Continue Toulmin

Ch. 11-12, 435, 444 

 

32

11

Argument

 

 

33

11

Individual help

 

 

34

12 Apr 01

 

Workshop Folder #2

 

Paraphrase draft due

Folder #2 draft

35

12

Workshop Essay #2

 

Essay #2 draft due

Folder #2 Due

36

12

Last Class

 

Essay #2 Due

Writing Lab

Review Paraphrase of Condorcet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional material

Flat Earth Society

See week Jan 12 CMS for 

    Origin of Language,

    Communication Theory.

Discussed essay ideas.

 "The Declaration of Independence."

Assignment pg.1, pg.2.

Essay Topics