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ENGL 3200 - Advanced Writing and Research
Fall 2012, 3.0 Units
MW 1:40-2:55 PM in Angelico 116
Dominican University of California
Department of Literature and Language

Judy Halebsky, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Office: Angelico 327
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 – 4:00 PM and by appointment Contact: 415-482-1846 or judy.halebsky@dominican.edu

Course Description: The focus of this course is to cultivate the practices of research writing and critical thinking. In this course, students develop and refine expository writing skills through reading, writing, and researching topics of interest. Coursework includes grammar exercises, in-class writing, tests, oral reports, one 4-5 page essay, one 4-5 page research paper, and one 8-10 page research paper with appropriate documentation of sources. The course is organized from broad areas of concern (how to narrow a topic to a thesis) to the particular (grammar and punctuation) and ultimately addresses aspects of style. The two shorter papers will be based on our readings in Rereading America. Students will choose a topic for their final paper.

General Education or Prerequisite Requirements: Completion of ENGL 1004 with a grade of C or higher. It is recommended that students take RES 1000 before or along with ENGL 3200. To satisfy the General Education requirement for ENGL 3200 students must earn a grade of C or higher in this course.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate the ability to construct expository essays that:
1.include a relevant thesis, coherent structure, and valid evidence;
2.utilize appropriate research methods and information sources;
3.exhibit critical thinking skills;
4.follow standard documentation (i.e. MLA or APA).

Texts: The Craft of Research, ed. Wayne Booth, et.al
Rereading America, ed. Gary Colombo, et.al
A Writer’s Reference 6th, ed. by Diana Hacker

Online Components of the Course: Supplemental readings and handouts will be posted to Moodle. We may also use Moodle’s Forum feature for peer feedback on written assignments.

Academic Honesty Honor Code: Students are expected to adhere to the Academic Honesty Code stated in the Catalog (see http://www.dominican.edu/academics/catalog).

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional copying of another’s writing or ideas and passing them off as one’s own. With our emphasis on research, plagiarism is a potential problem in this course. Students will learn how to avoid plagiarism through appropriate summarizing, quoting, and documentation. Plagiarized papers will receive a grade of F. Please refer to the Student Handbook and Academic Catalogue for university policies regarding plagiarism.

Diversity: Our readings and class discussions will address issues of diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, and cultural background. As a member of this class all students are required to contribute to a supportive and inclusive learning environment. Learning from one another in class meetings is an integral part of our learning experience.

Student Support: Tutoring and academic workshops are available throughout the semester for all students. I encourage all students to take advantage of these services and may at times advise specific students to work on a particular issue with assistance from DU’s tutoring services.

Support for Students with Disabilities: At Dominican, we are dedicated to helping everyone succeed and gain the support they need to learn well. For accommodation for documented disabilities, students are encouraged to consult the Office of Disability Services, Bertrand 109, at disabilityservices@dominican.edu or phone 415-257-0187. Assessment and Grading:

Class Study and Engagement 40%
Learning Journals 15%
Oral Reports 5%
Participation 10%
Assignments and In-Class Tests 10%

Academic Research and Writing 60%
Paper 1 15%
Paper 2 20%
Final Research Paper 25%

Grading: Final grades...
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