Writing for Success DWTG-0V91- 501 Fall 2007
Instructor: Email: Phone: Office: Thomasina Hickmann email@example.com (972)883-6707 MC2.406
Class Times and Location: Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-6:45pm in MC2.408 Office Hours: Mondays from 9:00-10:00 and Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 in MC2.406 Required Textbook: The Little, Brown Handbook by H. Ramsey Fowler and Jane E. Aaron, 10th edition. Longman, 2007. Recommended Textbook: The Official THEA Test Study Guide developed by National Evaluation Systems. Amherst, 2004. Course Description: (2 semester hours) A writing course that offers students the opportunity to develop proficiency in the inventing, drafting, revising, and editing skills necessary for writing multi-paragraph papers. Topics will include sentence structure, grammar, paragraph development, usage, and mechanics. The course is writing-intensive, and students will have the opportunity to do class assignments on a word processor. This developmental course cannot be used for degree credit. Student Learning Objectives: Students will: 1. State and maintain a focus in writing 2. Provide adequate support for written statements 3. Produce writing samples that include functioning paragraphs and effective introductions and conclusions 4. Expand vocabulary skills 5. Develop the relevant skills necessary to perform satisfactorily on the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) 6. Document references according to the MLA style 7. Discover how to recognize: purpose and audience; unity, focus, and development; effective organization in writing; effective sentences; and edited “American English” usage NOTE: Please be advised that this syllabus is subject to change.
Attendance and Participation Policy Prompt and regular attendance is expected of every student. If your enrollment at the University of Texas at Dallas depends upon your attendance in this class, your attendance is mandatory, as stated in the contract you have signed. There are no excused absences. In case of an emergency absence, you must make up any missed work within one week. This arrangement is subject to your providing official documentation that explains the nature of the emergency, such as a letter from a doctor in the case of a medical issue or a funeral program/announcement in the case of a family death. Without the proper documentation, your absence will jeopardize your enrollment at the university. If you are consistently late to class, this will negatively affect your attendance record and also jeopardize your enrollment at the university. If you pass the THEA and no longer choose to attend the class, you must consult with me immediately to find out what your options are. For example, you may be obliged to continue attending the class in order to maintain your enrollment status at the university. For those students who are NOT subject to the university’s THEA policy: You are responsible for all work missed due to an absence from class. Your final grade, however, may be lowered after three unexcused absences. If you choose not to attend class once you are enrolled, you must withdraw from the course to avoid receiving a final grade of “F.” The deadlines for withdrawal are published in each semester's course catalog.
NOTE: Depending on your skill level, you may need more than one semester of developmental coursework to pass the relevant portion of the THEA.
Course Requirements and Grade Evaluation Your final grade for the course will be based on the following: Outline 1 = 5% Outline 2 = 5% Essay 1/Rough Draft = 10% Essay 2/Rough Draft = 15% Exercises = 10% Grammar/Mechanical Conventions Exam = 20% Essay 1/Final Draft = 15% Essay 2/Final Draft = 20%
Grading Scale A+ A AB+ B BC+ Assignments To prepare for class, complete the readings and the relevant exercises before the date on which the material has been assigned for class discussion. Essays and outlines that are written out of class should be typed, double spaced, have one inch margins, and use 12 point Times New Roman font (For more information, refer to the MLA format explained in Chapter 47 in The Little, Brown Handbook.). These assignments should be turned in at the beginning of class on the due date. Late assignments will be docked one letter grade, but, if the work is turned in more than one week after the due date, it will not be accepted. In addition, assignments submitted via email will not be accepted unless by prior arrangement with the instructor. The Grammar/Mechanical Conventions Exam will be based on the assigned material covered in Parts 3, 4 and 5 of The Little, Brown Handbook. You cannot make up a missed exam except in the case of an emergency absence that is officially documented. See the attendance policy on the previous page. 97-100 93-96 90-92 87-89 83-8 80-82 77-79 C CD+ D DF 73-76 70-72 67-69 63-66 60-62 0-59
Some Helpful Online Resources: For information about writing assignments, grammar, and mechanics, go to
For information about specific words, consult the Merriman-Webster Dictionary at www.mw.com or go to www.wordsmyth.com
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SECTION 49.36 SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY (d) Cheating includes, but is not limited to (1) copying from another student's test paper, laboratory report, other report, or computer files, data listings, and/or programs or engaging in conduct that facilitates such conduct by another student. (2) using during a test, materials not authorized by the person giving the test; (3) failing to comply with instructions given by the person administering the test which would include, but not be limited to, time restrictions, use of blue book, seating arrangements; (4) collaborating with or seeking aid from or giving aid to another student during a test; (5) knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or in part the contents of an unadministered test, test key, homework solutions, or computer program; (6) substituting for another student, or permitting another person to substitute for oneself, to take a test; (7) soliciting another person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test; (8) discussing the contents of an examination with another student who will take the examination; (9) possession during a test of materials that are not authorized by the person giving the test, such as class notes or specifically designed "crib notes." The presence of textbooks constitutes a violation only if they have been specifically prohibited by the person administering the test. (10) submission of substantial portions of the same academic work for credit (including oral reports) more than once without written authorization from the instructor. (e) Plagiarism means the appropriation, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the submission or incorporation of that work in one's own written work offered for credit without appropriate attribution. (f) Collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic assignments offered for credit. (g) Falsifying academic records means the altering of grades or other falsification (statements, acts or omissions) of academic records including but not limited to the application for admission, grade reports, test papers, registration materials, and reporting forms used by the registrar's office or other university offices. (h) Falsifying data or experiments includes, but is not limited to, the submission of false findings and/or the citation of false references in research or other assignments submitted for credit and/or for the awarding of a degree.
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Class Schedule Week 1 – 8/16 Week 2 – 8/21-8/23 Week 3 – 8/28-8/30 Introduction to the course Discussion of Chapters 1, 2 and 6 in Little, Brown Discussion of Chapter 3 in Little, Brown Outline 1 is due Thursday, 8/30. Discussion of Chapter 4 in Little, Brown Discussion of common grammatical errors Rough Draft of Essay 1 is due on Thursday, 9/13 Bring 2 copies to class. Student Conferences Discussion of Chapter 10 in Little, Brown Final Draft of Essay 1 is due on Thursday, 9/27 Turn this in with the rough draft that has my comments Library Session on Tuesday, 10/02 – The class will meet in the Library. Discussion of Chapter 45 in Little, Brown Discussion of Chapter 47 in Little, Brown Outline 2 is due Thursday, 10/11 Discussion of Chapters 15, 19, and 20 in Little, Brown Discussion of Chapters 17 and 18 in Little, Brown Rough Draft of Essay 2 is due Thursday, 10/25 Bring 2 copies to class. Discussion of Chapters 21, 25, and 26 in Little, Brown Student Conferences Exam review Grammar/Mechanical Conventions Exam – Thursday, 11/11 Writing Workshop Final Draft of Essay 2 is due on Thursday, 11/29 Turn this in with the rough draft that has my comments
Week 4 – 9/04-9/06 Week 5 – 9/11-9/13
Week 6 – 9/18-9/20 Week 7 – 9/25-9/27
Week 8 – 10/02-10/04
Week 9 – 10/09-10/11
Week 10 – 10/16-10/18 Week 11 – 10/23-10/25
Week 12 – 10/30-1101 Week 13 – 11/06-11/08 Week 14 – 11/13-11/11
Week 15 – 11/20 Final Exam Week