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Algoma University

ENGL1801B  -  Academic Writing: Fundamentals

Winter 2020  SYLLABUS

(December 5, 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      

ENGL1801B             Monday, Wednesday, Friday,  8:30 to 9:50 AM.  Room WW101

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, and two major essays.

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 2020W 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)

05%

Essay #1

15

Essay #2

15

Quizzes (assorted and unannounced)

10

Writing Folder #1

20

Writing Folder #2

20

Attendance and participation

10

Presentation

05

 

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 

                

                 

Updated

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

                                                                                Writing Lab

 

Class

Week

Topic

Reading

Assignment Due

1

1

Jan 06

Week One

 

Stuff you should know

How Successful Academics Write

Introductory Memo due ASAP 

Intro Memo (.docx)

2

1

 

Student Introductions

Diagnostic Test Instructions - Written

 

 

3

1

Writing Diagnostic test

 

Assign Essay #1

Intro to Research

Topic Selection   Finding a topic

 

Topic Preparation Instructions  (htm)-  Due Monday

4

2

Jan 13

Week Two

Workshop Summary

Library and Library Exercise

MLA Format

Cover Page format

 

Topic Preparation Instructions  (htm)-  Due

5

2

Summary   PowerPoint

Preliminary topic review  -  classwork

 

 

6

2

Writing Lab

Writing Folders

 

 

7

3

Jan 20

Description Workshop

Week Three

Workshop Description

     Reflection

     Feedback

     Worksheet

 

Summary Draft 

8

3

Description

Topic Preparation

Proposal

Proposal Grade Sheet

 

Summary due to folder #1 

9

3

Diagnostic A

Problem Chart

Individual help

 

 

10

4

Jan 27

Workshop Descriptions

Common Writing Errors

 

Description Draft

 

11

4

 

Narration   Pptx

Ethical Considerations

 

Proposal draft due Description due to folder #1

12

4

Individual help

Common Writing Errors (continued)

Workshop Proposals

Sample Proposal

 

 

13

5

Feb 03

Workshop Narrations

MLA Formatting Guide

MLA Assignment    

 

 

Narration draft

Proposal due for marks

14

5

 

Plagiarism w. pre-test      .         

 

Narration due to folder #1

15

5

Discuss Proposals

Individual help

 

 

16

6

Feb 10

Analogies    Pptx

Plagiarism  Plagiarism1801.pptx

Plagiarism Club

Critical thinking exercise  -  home

 

Analogy draft

17

6

 

Workshop Analogy

Critical thinking exercise

Plagiarism Quiz

 

Analogy due to folder #1

 

18

6

 

Individual help

Theatre Review for bonus marks

 

Note Change:

Proposal due today

 

Feb 17-21

Family Day and Reading Week

 

 

19

7

Feb 24

Workshop Folder #1

Introductions and Conclusions

 

 

 

Folder #1 draft

20

7

 

 

 

 

Folder #1 Due

21

7

 

Individual help 

 

 

22

8

Mar 2

Workshop Essay #1

Brainstorming and Outlines

"Picking Lint" --in-class

 

Comparison draft

Essay #1 draft

 

23

8

 

PowerPointComparison/Contrast

Extra Material

Examples

 

Essay #1 due

 

24

8

 

 Individual help

 

 

25

9

Mar 9

 

Workshop Comparison/Contrast -

Essay #2 - Argument/Persuasion

Précis  Powerpoint

 

Process draft

26

9

 

Cause/Effect

  Comparison due (2)

27

9

 

Individual help

 

 

28

10

Mar 16

Hand-In Sheet Workshop Cause/Effect

Essay #2  Mark Sheet

Outlines

 

Cause/Effect draft

 

 

29

10

 

Process  Analysis Process

 

Finish Outlines

  Cause/Effect (2)

30

10

 

 Individual help

 

 

31

11

Mar 23

Workshop Process

pptx Argument

 

 

32

11

 

Definition

Definition package

 

 

33

11

 

Individual help

 

 

34

12

Mar 31

Toulmin

Workshop Folder #2

 

Definition draft due 

Folder #2 draft

35

12

 

Workshop Essay #2

 

Essay #2 draft due

Folder #2 Due

36

12

 

Last Class   EssaY #2 Due

Diagnostic A  -  Answers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MLA Assignment Answers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brainstorming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional material

 

 

Gradesheet

Essay Topics

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.

Apostrophe Use

How to use the semicolon 

Parts of Speech

Paraphrase   (Condorcet paraphrase)

     Paraphrase Powerpoint

Review Paraphrase of Condorcet