University + Department of Writing Arts Policies
Accommodation StatementNot all students learn the same way. The federal government, through the Americans with Disabilities Act andSection 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, tries to ensure that all students have a fair chance at being successful. Ifyou have a disability that may have an impact upon your work in this class, please contact me early in thesemester. Additionally, students must provide documentation of their disability to the Academic Success Centerin order to receive
University services and accommodations. The Academic Success Center can bereached (856) 256-4234. The center is located on the 3rd ﬂoor of Savitz Hall. The staff is available to answerquestions regarding accommodations or assist you in your pursuit of accommodations. We look forward toworking with you to meet your learning goals.Departmental Policy on Recycling Old AssignmentsThe Department of Writing Arts does not allow students to turn in the same writing assignment for more thanone class. Students must receive express written permission from both instructors when submitting writing or asubstantial part of a written text previously submitted to another class. Not doing so is considered academicdishonesty and, following the policies laid out by Rowan, may result in an F for that assignment and possibly anF for the semester.Departmental Policy on AttendanceThe Department of Writing Arts has established an attendance policy that you are responsible for knowing andabiding by. The entire policy can be found on our Blackboard page. In summary, the maximum number ofpermissible absences are 6--excused or unexcused. The only time you’re permitted to make up missed work iswhen the absence is excused, in which case you must provide ofﬁcial or veriﬁable documentation. The ﬁveinstances where absences may be excused, pending necessary documentation, can be found in the actualpolicy on Blackboard. Bottom line: you are expected to arrive on time and prepared for every class meeting.
The Writing Center
The Writing Center (4th ﬂoor, library) supports students in Writing Intensive courses with one-on-one or smallgroup consultations. Students can get help with all steps of the writing process: invention strategies, drafting,revising, and editing. Writing Center hours are M-TH 12 -6 pm. Call 856.256.4376 or email@example.com. Limited walk-in appointments are available.
Course Organization + Deliverables
It may help to think of yourselves as newly hired organizational communication consultants. As such, we’llspend the ﬁrst few weeks developing a fundamental understanding of germinal theories and research related torhetoric and workplace writing. The remainder of the semester, however, will involve you actually conductingﬁeldwork and engaging in some of the kinds of knowledge work common to contemporary workplaces. Also,because
is as important as
in the workplace, assessment of your grade will take place instages and will consider not only the rhetorical effectiveness of ﬁnal deliverables, but also each student’s levelof collaborative responsibility. Each stage allows for the possibility of earning a maximum number of points.Rubrics that identify how these points can be earned will be collaboratively developed in class during Stage I.
Writing for the Workplace Course Syllabus | page 2
:: 100 points. Examineassumptions, formulate theoriesabout workplace writing + rhetoric•4 Pre- and Post-Discussionreﬂections on assigned readingsin Bb [submitted as Word docs toBb]•Project management for next 2stages & collaborativedevelopment of assessmentrubrics•Set up teams, Google waveaccounts
:: 400 points. Collaborativelyinvestigate one actual workplace’scommunicative practices•Individual resume [uploaded toteam workspaces]•Design of team workspaces,consultant proﬁle [Wikis]•Cover letter & proposal forinvestigation [Google Docs, Wave]•Progress report on investigation[Google Docs, Wave]•Informal presentations [Handout,PowerPoint]
:: 500 points. Report on andpropose solutions on behalf of theinvestigated workplace•Formal presentation of ﬁndings,possible solution [Handout,PowerPoint and/or Prezi]•Collaborative White Paper thatreports on ﬁndings, possiblesolution [Google Docs, Wave,Wiki]•Small-scale grant proposal forpossible solution [Google Docs,Wave, Wiki]