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UT Dallas Syllabus for rhet1101.042.09f taught by April Liang (aliang)

UT Dallas Syllabus for rhet1101.042.09f taught by April Liang (aliang)

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UT Dallas syllabus for rhet1101.042.09f Oral Communication/Critical Thinking taught by April Liang
UT Dallas syllabus for rhet1101.042.09f Oral Communication/Critical Thinking taught by April Liang

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Course Syllabus
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The UTD First Year Experience
Rhet 1101
Critical Thinking and Oral Communication
Syllabus
Section: 042
Instructor: April Liang
Classroom: AH3 1.308

Time: Tuesday/Thursday 10:00 am \u2013 10:50 am
Email:al ian g@ ut dal l as .e du
Office Hours & Location: 10:00 am \u2013 3:00 pm Monday through Friday

ECSS2.713
Required Materials:
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Cohen, Harlan, (2009). The Naked Roommate, 3e. Sourcebooks, Inc. Naperville.
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DiTiberio, John, K. & Hammer, Allen, L. (1993). Introduction to Type in College, CPP, Inc.
Palo Alto.
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UTD student email account
Recommended Materials:
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Cohen, Harlan, The Naked Roommate 2009 \u2013 2010 Planner Sourcebooks, Inc. Naperville
Course Objectives:
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To connect you with the UTD campus community through department presentations,
campus involvement, community service, and interactions with peers.
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To help you discover your personal learning style and ways to use that knowledge to
achieve greater success and enjoyment in your classes.
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To present tips, tactics, and techniques for more effective learning, emphasizing time
management strategies, critical thinking, and the use of campus resources.
Course Syllabus
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To enhance your communication skills through opportunities for both oral and written
expression.
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Coursework & Grading Philosophy:
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Rhet 1101 is a required course for all incoming freshmen as it has been effective in raising GPA\u2019s, retention from the freshman to sophomore year, and overall student satisfaction and success.

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UTD is a selective admissions institution with one of the highest average Freshman
class SAT scores in the state, therefore performance and participation in Rhet 1101 is
expected to reflect the caliber of students and academic standards of the university as
a whole.

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The course objectives for Rhet 1101 represent goals which are fundamental to student
success both inside and outside of the college classroom.
Course Requirements and Grading:
\u2022
Class Attendance
300 points
\u2022
Academic Autobiography
100 points
\u2022
Campus Event Attendance
400 points
\u2022
Service Project Participation
200 points
\u2022
Oral Presentation: Expert Testimony
100 points
\u2022
Group Project & Presentation
150 points
\u2022
Risk Project
160 points
\u2022
Final Exam
150 points
Total
1560 points
1560
A+
1201 \u2013 1247
C+
1450 \u2013 1559
A
1138 \u2013 1200
C
1404 \u2013 1449
A-
1092\u2013 1137
C-
1357 \u2013 1403
B+
1045 \u2013 1091
D+
1294 \u2013 1356
B
982 \u2013 1044
D
1248 \u2013 1293
B-
936 - 981
D-
Below 936
F

*Rhet 1101 is a requirement for graduation. If you drop the course or fail it, you must take Study Skills (DRDG 194) in the Spring. It will be recoded as Rhet 1101 in order to give you credit for the course and enable you to replace your low grade or W.

Course & Instructor Policies
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Cell phones must be turned off or to vibrate and are not to be answered or used for text
Course Syllabus
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messaging during class time.
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Unless otherwise noted, laptops are NOT necessary for taking notes in class and should
not be opened at any time.
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Food and drink should be kept to a minimum and put away once class begins.
\u2022

Arriving late is disruptive to class activities and may affect your attendance and
participation grade. If you have a legitimate reason for being late, please inform your
instructor ahead of time or immediately after class.

Class Attendance (300 points)

This is a discussion-based class that involves collaborative learning and interactive
exercises in order to explore a variety of topics relative to your transition to college life and
The University of Texas at Dallas. Therefore, it is critical that you come to class to take
part in the activities and contribute to the class dynamics.

For an excused absence, you must adhere to the following:
\u2022

All students participating on UTD competitive teams (athletic and intellectual) must
bring an official Intercollegiate Competition Memo signed by John Jacksonp ri or to
any sanctioned absences. Students must inform the instructor of the impending absence

at least 2 weeks prior to the absence. If this does not occur, it is at the instructor\u2019s
discretion to excuse or not excuse the absence.
\u2022

Any anticipated absence arranged through Disability Services must be shared with the
instructor at least 2 weeks prior to the absence. If this does not occur, it is at the
instructor\u2019s discretion to excuse or not excuse the absence.

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Students observing a holy day must inform the instructorb ef ore the class day to be
missed
Academic Autobiography (100 points)

You will write a minimum 5 page paper about your life as a student thus far and
considering where you want to go with your major and career, examining your experiences
in the context of your learning style, based on your score on The Paragon Learning Style

Inventory (PLSI).
Oral Presentation: Expert Testimony (100 points)
You will prepare a 2 \u2013 2\u00bd minute talk about something familiar to you and that you would
like to share with the class.
Group Project & Presentation (150 points)

You will work with a group of your classmates to explore issues related to making a
successful transition to college life through The Naked Roommate and other sources. Your
findings will form the basis of a minimum 8 minute oral presentation to the class.

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