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201 Summer 2013 Syllabus

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Bridgewater State UniversitySchool of Arts, Science, and DesignEnglish 201 Writing Rhetorically with SourcesSummer I 2013Nicole WilliamsOffice Hours: By appointment onlyEmail:nwilliams@bridgew.edu Website: http://www.nicoleannwilliams.com 
There is more to technical writing than letter writing. Every time you communicate (written or verbal) youare evaluated on your effectiveness in conveying your ideas. In the working world, your effectiveness incommunicating factors in to how you are regarded, how often you are considered for advancement, andhow well you are rewarded.Beginning today, and for the duration of this course, you will work on building your technicalcommunication skills. You will prepare for writing-intensive careers or careers in the sciences/appliedsciences. You will familiarize yourself with the field of technical communication and the forms and stylesof writing common to this field, as well as usability and ethical concerns. You are to consider yourself anemployee of a Technical Writing Team hired by me. I am your boss and, therefore, you report directly tome. As an employee and part of the team, you should communicate and present yourself to me and yourcolleagues (classmates) in the way you would to an actual boss in the working world. This includes emails which should use standard punctuation, spelling, and capitalization as well as an appropriategreeting/closing and word choice.
Job Objectives: 
By the end of this job you should be able to:
 
Demonstrate knowledge of the field of technical writing, including document format and designconventions
 
 Analyze the effectiveness of a technical writing document in relation to its rhetorical situation,context, content, and overall design
 
 Analyze the rhetorical situation (audience, needs, documents required etc.) for a technical writingtask 
 
 Adapt your writin
g for a variety of audiences from lay person to technical “insider”
 
 
Design effective technical writing documents in a variety of genres
 
Conduct usability testing of documents for a target audience
 
Locate and cite outside research appropriately for writing tasks
 
Work Materials 
Text: Essentials of Technical Communication second edition. Tabeaux and Dragga. Oxford University Press.Notebook, pen, laptop with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
 
Employment Policies 
 
Successful Completion: In order to succeed in this position (and pass the course) you mustcome to work, participate in discussions, complete in class writings, outside readings,
 
homework, and complete all formal writing assignments. Successful completion of theformal assignments includes turning in all required drafts and attending workshops andconferences. I reserve the right to lower your grade if all assignments are not turned in and you are not prepared each day.Electronic Note: To do our part to help the environment and provide you easy access tocourse materials, syllabi and course assignment sheets will be available on our course website at http://www.nicoleannwilliams.com I will not distribute paper copies in class.  Attendance:
Absence is not acceptable in the work place. Businesses only run smoothly if everyoneparticipates as much as possible; therefore, attendance is mandatory. Since this is an abbreviated coursesession, meeting for only five weeks, keeping up with the material requires your attendance each day. Youare allowed one sick day (absence)
free and clear. I don’t need
to know where you were or what you weredoing. If you are absence twice I reserve the right to lower your grade a 1/3 of a letter grade. If you missmore than two classes I reserve the right to fail you for the course.
Tardiness:
 
Being late for work is unacceptable. Your boss and team are counting on you. Please come toclass on time.
Participation:
This job depends heavily on your readiness and willingness to contribute to discussionsand activities daily. I expect each of you to work with me and each other to make this a real workingcommunity.
Therefore, you must come to work each day fully prepared having done allassigned readings and work ready to participate.
 Additionally, activities are designed to build off of outside work; therefore, I will know if you are unprepared. I reserve the right to lower your grade as Isee appropriate for lack of preparation and participation.
In addition keep in mind:
1
 
Being absent is not an excuse for turning in late work.
All assignments areexpected to be turned in at the beginning of the work shift (class day) they are due. If youare not going to be in class e-mail your work to me by the beginning of class time.
Lateassignments will not be accepted.
2
 
Daily activities cannot be made up so it would be wise to come to work prepared each day.
Office Behaviors:
1
 
 You will have computers in front of you which may pose several distractions. Checkinge-mail and surfing the web at work is both rude and inappropriate. This behavior willnot be tolerated and will affect your grade.
2
 
Please remember to turn off and put away all cell phones, ipods, mp3 players, and othercommunication devices that pose a distraction to our class. Failure to follow the policy  will affect your grade. I do not want to see you using any of these devices at work.
3
 
Class time is not a time for private discussions amongst each other. Such behavior isrude and disruptive to your colleagues. Please save such conversations for after work.
Respect:
Respect for others in the workplace is non-negotiable. Everyone can have a difference of opinion, discuss, and debate, but respect must be given to your colleagues at all times.
Corporate Notes 
Plagiarism
:
Presentation of someone else’s work as your own is dishonest and unacceptable.
If I findout that you have plagiarized you will receive a zero for the assignment and, possibly, failthe course.
Be assured that I will find out if you have plagiarized, therefore it would be wise for you todo your own work and cite any and all material you take from other sources. Plain and simple-
if it isn’t
 your own words or idea than tell me where you found it. If you are ever unsure of whether or not you arecommitting academic dishonesty please come speak to me, and I will be happy to assist. I take academic
 
honesty and integrity very seriously and will follow all steps outlined by Bridgewater State University if Ifind a student plagiarizing. This could result in a meeting with the Dean and possible expulsion from theUniversity.
Departmental Writing Committee’s Academic Honesty Policy (Approved Spring 2010
) Academic Honesty: Academic Honesty refers both to plagiarism and misrepresenting your work in other
 ways. Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s words or ideas without acknowledging the original source.
 Acts of academic dishonesty include the following:
 
Turning in another students essay as your own
 
Turning the same essay (that you wrote) in for credit in two different classes. (Note: It is fine to write about the same idea in two courses, to branch off of a project to create a new one, or to pushan ide
a that you’ve started developing in one paper significantly further in another, but it is
academically dishonest to turn in the same writing project in two courses.)
 
Including information or ideas from a print or online source in your essay without including acitation to indicate the origin of the words
 
Including phrases or sentences from a print or online source in your essay without usingquotation marks to mark the words as coming from an outside source (even if you include acitation)If you have a question about whether you need to cite a course, ask your instructor or writing studioconsultant or simply take the safe route and cite the source.The consequences of plagiarism are serious.
Course Adaptations:
In accordance with BSU policy, I am available to discuss appropriateaccommodations that you may require as a student with a disability. Requests for accommodations should be made during the drop/add period so that proper arrangements can be made. Students should register with the Disability Resources Office in Boyden Hall for disability verification and determination of reasonable academic accommodations.
 Writing Studio:
The BSU is a valuable source that you should take advantage of throughout thesemester for all your courses and as you continue your studies at BSU. The Writing Studio is located in the Academic Achievement Center on the ground floor of Maxwell Library. You can make an appointment by stopping by the Writing Studio in person, calling 531-2053, or via email  writingcenter@bridgew.edu.To learn more about The Writing Studio visit their website at http://www.bridgew.edu/WritingStudio/
 Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and Adrian Tinsley Program:
The OUR and ATPprovide BSU students with the opportunity to do scholarly research by funding projects, providingpresentation forums through research symposiums, and publishing opportunities in the UndergraduateReview. The OUR is located in 200 Maxwell Library. To learn more about the OUR visit their website at www.bridgew.edu/our.On a personal note, I cannot speak highly enough of the opportunities the OUR and ATP provide to BSU students for enhancing your education while at BSU and providing you withskills that will make you competitive in both the job market and in graduate school.
Publication Opportunities:
The Undergraduate Review- Published annually by the Office of Undergraduate Research, showcases student research and creative work done as part of a class or underthe mentorship of Bridgewater Faculty.The Bridge- A Creative journal that published by the English Department annually that showcases poetry,prose, and fine art.

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