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Occ Eng1510 w10 Syllabus

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Oakland Community College
Winter 2009

Course: ENG 1520: Composition II
Course Number: O1545 (03 credits)
Course Meetings: T 9:00-11:55 (G 119)
Office Hours: N/A

Instructor: Jeremy Stephison
E-mail: jstephison@yahoo.com
ENG 1510 Composition II (4) Students will write persuasive and argumentative papers. They will

acquire skills in library research and use a process that includes critical thinking, logical reasoning,
and the investigation of primary and/or secondary sources. Students will write a documented,
academic research paper.A grade of C- or higher must be achieved to satisfy the university general education

requirement in the writing knowledge foundation area.
Prerequisite: ENG 1510 with a grade of C- or higher, or placement.
General Education Writing Foundation Outcomes
The student will demonstrate:
\u2022
knowledge of the elements, writing processes, and organizing strategies for creating
analytical and expository prose
\u2022
effective rhetorical strategies appropriate to the topic, audience, context, and purpose
General Education Cross Cutting Capacities
\u2022
Effective communication
\u2022
Critical thinking
\u2022
Information literacy
Specific Course Objectives
Students in this class will:
\u2022
make connections with the broader community through activities related to civic and
community engagement on and/or off campus
\u2022

demonstrate familiarity with basic rhetorical, ethical, and methodological conventions of
academic disciplines (such as humanities, sciences, or social sciences) to prepare for further
study in their chosen discipline

\u2022
demonstrate the ability to locate and analyze sources critically and produce various kinds of
scholarly texts including print, visual, digital, or aural.
In addition to reinforcing the outcomes from ENG 1510, ENG 1520 will instill in students a basic
understanding of:
\u2022
Primary research methods (quantitative and qualitative) appropriate for academic
scholarship.
\u2022
Secondary research strategies for locating and evaluating sources both through library
databases and through external online databases appropriate for academic scholarship.
\u2022

Ethical considerations in academic scholarship, including responsibility to human subjects,
non-biased use of language, fair and accurate use of sources, appropriate documentation, and
larger rhetorical purposes of civic engagement.

\u2022
Stylistic conventions for integrating secondary and primary research to arrive at new
knowledge in academic disciplines, including familiarity with MLA format.
Required Texts/Materials :
\u2022
Silverman, Jonathan, and Dean Rader. The World is a Text 3rd ed. New Jersey: Pearson
Prentice Hall, 2009.
\u2022
Raimes, Ann.Keys for Writers. 5th ed. Mason: Cengage Learning, 2009.
\u2022
Online Readings as instructed.
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Access to Blackboard 8.
Grade determination:
Forum Average (weekly postings to online forum)
20%
Final Project:
80%
--Annotated Bibliography
(10%)
--Detailed Outline / Project Plan
(10%)
--First Draft
(20%)
--Researched Essay
(30%)
--Oral Presentations (with visuals)
(10%)
Academic Conduct Policy: Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, falsifying reports/records, and
unauthorized collaboration are considered serious breaches of academic conduct. See the catalog
under Academic Policies and Procedures for more information.
Attendance Policy: You are allowed three absences during the semester, including absences due to

illness, etc. For each absence beyond the three allowed, your final course grade will be lowered by
0.1 points on the 4.0 scale. Students who miss more than three combined weeks of class are not
eligible to receive a grade above 0.0. All university policies regarding attendance will also apply. This
class will adhere to the OU Excused Absence Policy found at:
http://www2.oakland.edu/provost/web/reports/OU_Excused_Absence_Policy_Final.pdf

Late Paper Policy: For every day (not class period) your essay is late, .1 will be deducted from the
grade.
Adds/Drops: The University add/drop policy will be explicitly followed. It is the student\u2019s
responsibility to be aware of the university deadline dates for dropping the course.
Special Needs:Students with disabilities who may require special considerations should make an
appointment with OU\u2019s Disability Support Services office for assistance.
Important Dates:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 18
Winter Break
Monday, March 1\u2013Saturday, March 6
Classes End
Monday, May 3 / (Tuesday, Apr. 27)
Week one (Jan. 12)
Introductions: Syllabus
Write: Online diagnostic essay
Week two (Jan. 19)

Read: The World is a Text, pp. 1-18, 26-30 (Part II), 57-64 (Annotated Student Essay)
Skim: The World is a Text, pp. 30-41
Discuss: Semiotics and rhetoric, using heuristics for analysis.
Write: Identify and explore a particular \u201ccultural text\u201d and write about it. (p. 12).

Week three (Jan. 26)

Read:World, pp. 73-74
Rader, \u201cReading and Writing About Your Campus\u201d (76-82)
DeLuca,\u201cReading and Writing About Social Networking Sites\u201d (100-102)
Transue, \u201cReading and Writing About Family Guy\u201d (102-106)
Silverman & Rader, \u201cReading and Writing About Advertising\u201d (113-116)
Discuss: Four examples of analysis; examining rhetorical moves.
Perform: Reading the classroom; Reading Facebook Profiles
Write: Use your newfound powers of analysis to analyze a building or room on campus.

Week four (Feb. 2)

Discuss: Research Methods
Activity: Finding sources. Using databases and libraries.
*This week is extraordinarily light on homework, so use this to your advantage, and spend time
working on finding informative, interesting sources for your annotated bibliography.

Week five (Feb. 9)

Due: Annotated Bibliography
Read:World, pp. 118-124 (\u201cReading and Writing About Television\u201d)
Waters, \u201cLife According to TV\u201d (125-131)
Rinehart, \u201cSex Sells: A Marxist Criticism of Sex and the City\u201d (165 \u2013 169)
Discuss: Exploring values, lenses, and purpose in writing.
Activity: Watch Arrested Development pilot.
Write: Start Media Journal.

Week six (Feb. 16)
Read: Goldblatt & Tucker, \u201cReality TV Bites \u2013 or Does it?\u201d(178-179)
Ouelette & Murray, \u201cReality TV: Remaking Television Culture\u201d (179-185)

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