MWF 11:00-11:50pm RND 104
Instructor: T. Cole
Office: LA 219
Office hours: MWF 9:00-10:30am (or by appointment)
Required Text: Inventing Arguments: Brief Second Edition by John Mauk and John Metz.
Recommended Text: A Writer’s Resource 2009 edition.
Course Description: This course will provide instruction in critical reading and writing of expository and argumentative prose, including summaries, analysis, and research. Focus will be on critical reading, research methods, gathering, evaluating analyzing, and synthesizing ideas and evidence and documentation. The course is designed to help you understand and acquire the habits of mind central to academic inquiry and to exercise skills in reporting documented research. Learning Outcomes:
• Ability to paraphrase, to summarize, synthesize and communicate new information both orally and in writing. • Use traditional methods of argumentation and persuasion to effectively present your position on issues. • Navigate the research process to gather reliable information, explore multiple perspectives and communicate conclusions. • Read critically to understand and appreciate diverse social, political, and personal viewpoints. Class Requirements:
• Explanatory Synthesis 10%
• Two Formal Essays 20%
• 4 Rhetorical Analyses 25%
• Final Exam 20%
• Attendance & Participation/Quizzes 25%
• Absence Policy: Students are allowed to have up to 6 “no questions asked” absences. However, on the 7th absence it is within my rights as the instructor to fail the student for the course. Athletic absences are not considered excused absences (0-2 absences is equivalent to an A in attendance, 3-4=B, 5=C, 6=D). If you are absent from class you may not make up any work. It is your responsibility to turn all assignments in on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late for class you will be marked as absent. Please get to class on time. It is rude and distracting to come to class late.
• Late Work Policy: Assignments and essays are due at the start of class. If you know you are going to miss class you may email me the assignment before the start of the class period. If you come to class late your work may be considered late. All late work will be marked down one full grade for each day that it is late. No late work will be accepted after three days. If you are having trouble getting an assignment in, for any reason, please contact me in advance so that we can work something out.
• Class Decorum: Please be courteous to me and to one another. The use of cell phones or texting is expressly forbidden. Please refrain from talking to your neighbors unless you are engaged in group work. And please note that this is not a lecture course, you are expected to show up for class prepared and ready to participate in class discussions or in group work.
• Computer Access: All students in this course MUST have access to a reliable computer.
• Study Buddy: Please find another student in this course to exchange email addresses with. If you miss class check with your study buddy to receive information regarding homework assignments or notes from class lectures. It is not my responsibility to provide you with this information.
• Moodle and Email: You must check your MOODLE and ISU email frequently. I recommend that you check both MOODLE and your ISU email account before coming to class each day.
ADA Message: ISU is committed to helping all students achieve their potential. If you have a disability, or think you may have a disability (physical, learning disability, hearing, vision, or psychiatric) which may need a reasonable accommodation please contact the ADA Disabilities & Resource Center located in Gravely Hall, Room 123 or call 282-3599.
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