UWRT 1104 Syllabus (Spring 2016

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Writing & Inquiry in Academic Contexts Plus Studio
Instructor: Ashlyn C. Walden
Office Location: Cameron 159 
Office Hours: T 10:00AM-2:00PM; By Appt.
Email: awill143@uncc.edu
Google Chat Availability:
By PRIOR Appt. ONLY
Sources: Clip Art Lord & Concept Crucible

Quicklinks Syllabus Guide

Required Digital Tools

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UWRT 1104 Plus Studio Course Description

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Textbook for Our Class

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Attendance Policy

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Exam Day

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UNCC Withdrawal Policy

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Texting/Cell Phones/Laptops

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Grading

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Email

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FYW’s Program Statement on Diversity

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Disabilities Statement

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Plagiarism

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Class Cancellations/Inclement Weather

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Pocket Survival Guide for Success in Our Class

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Required Digital Tools

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• A Wix website design account (FREE ACCOUNT)
• A Scribd account (FREE ACCOUNT)
• A space to store/save your work throughout the course such
as: 1. An electronic file such as a continuous Word
Document/Google Doc, or 2. An online storage cloud such
as Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, etc.
• 1 digital copy of each course reading as assigned (total of
three)
• I file folder created on Google Drive and shared w/ me that
includes your collected sources for the course textbook
(See TEXTBOOK FOR OUR CLASS for more info)
• Access to a laptop, tablet, iPad* during class time (Laptops
are available for checkout from the UNCC Library on a
limited basis)

UWRT 1104 Plus Studio Course Description

4 Central Q’s
How should we
act, write,
respond?
What is research?
What is inquiry?
How do inquiry
and research work
together? Speak
to each other? In
what ways are
they the same?
Different?

Similar to courses in the sciences (chemistry, biology, etc.),
this course consists of a 3-hour face to face class
component and a 1-hour “online studio” to be completed
outside of class. The 1-hour online studio of the 4-hour
credit UWRT 1104 course will work in tandem with the 3hour in-class component. The online studio is an integral
part of our class that enhances, inspires, and extends what
happens in the classroom; the classroom informs the work
online and the online studio informs what is done in the
classroom. The online studio does not work in isolation, and
cannot be skipped as it is part of the 4 total course credit
hours.

How are we going to do this???

To explore these questions, we will complete three major assignments and smaller inclass and online modules that will flesh out these areas. The first assignment is
conducting primary research, the second assignment is collating research and pushing
research forward by asking questions, and the third assignment is presenting research
in an extended portfolio platform.

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Unlike some of your previous experiences with “English”
courses, our class will not have a significant amount of
reading. In fact, there are three short pieces—and only
three—that I will assign as a part of your work for this
course. These three pieces will serve to ground our
conversation about:




What is research?
What is the purpose of research?
What does research look like?
What is inquiry?
How do research and inquiry relate?

However, just because we will not have “class
sanctioned” readings, does not mean that you will not
read or gather source material. “Reading” over the
course of this semester will consist primarily of your
own making; in other words, most of your course
reading material (scholarly articles, interviews,
documentaries, TED talks, news radio programs) will be
compiled by you as the student-researcher. Essentially,
you will be creating your own interactive “textbook” for
our course based on your specific area of interest.
Thus, you will have a text for this class that you will be
required to read, but it will be tailored to your work
specifically.

Attendance Policy







This does not mean that you
can select MOSTLY videos
or social media content for
your “reading” materials. You
will need to collect a variety
of sources that are
REPUTABLE and work
toward accomplishing your
goals in this class. I know
this seems like a heavy task
—and it is—but think of this
as an opportunity to collect
resources about areas of
interest that you REALLY
care about.

Source:
The Undercover
Recruiter

Allowed 3 absences without penalty
Each absence after 3 = 10 points deducted from your total final grade
3 "lates" to class = 1 absence
Missing the exam day = 2 absences + 10 points off your total final grade
Allowed 2 religious observance days per academic year; must fill out appropriate form
YOU are responsible for all missed work--consult Moodle
Want an assignment extension or an absence excused? Go through the Dean of
Students w/ the appropriate documentation

Does this mean I can choose any “text?” Not really…

Textbook for Our Class

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Exam Day
The exam day is a designated meeting time for the course. However, I am inclined to waive
meeting on the exam day if ONE of the two following conditions are met:
a. All students turn in the 3 major assignment components (total of 9) and complete the
required portfolio checks ON TIME.
b. All students either turn in the 3 major assignment components (total of 9) & complete the
portfolio checks (total of 5) or accept the “0” assigned for turning work in late WITHOUT
excuse emails or attempts to turn in the work late. SEE “LATE WORK” UNDER
“POCKET SURVIVAL GUIDE” FOR MORE INFORMATION.
If the waiver is forfeited, we will meet on the exam day for a final course activity.
Failure to appear on this day will result in 2 absences (due to the 2 hour time block
given for exams) & a 10 point deduction from your final course grade.
UNCC Withdrawal Policy

• As of Fall 2015 There is a limit of 16 credits of "W" allowed for all undergraduate



students. This action must be taken by Monday, March 21 at 11:59PM.
If you withdraw from a course, it will show on your transcript with a grade of "W" but will
not count towards your GPA.
After that deadline, exceptions may be requested, but only in cases where extenuating
circumstances such as serious illness can be demonstrated.
Unsatisfactory academic performance itself is not an extenuating circumstance.
Students should be cautious about the impact of withdrawing from one or more courses
on time-to-degree, financial aid eligibility, and cost to the student.

Sources: Meme Generator

Texting/Cell Phones/Laptops

Part of adequate class participation is being completely
engaged with the class throughout the entire time
period. I do not permit any type of cell phone usage,
texting, or inappropriate surfing on the Internet when
you are given time in class to work. I reserve the right
to ask you to leave class and be counted absent
for the day should I catch you texting, working on
other materials, or socializing on your computers
during class time. If you have extenuating
circumstances that require you to have access to your
cell phone, please see me as soon as possible. Please
be respectful of all the time I give you to work in class,
and use it wisely to get help on your assignments as
needed.

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Grading
Your course grade will be based on percentages assigned
to each individual unit in the class and various tasks within
the units. (See Figures 1 & 2 for and “Grade Items &
Grading Philosophy” more details).

Grades are on a
ten point scale
(90-100 A, 80-89

Unit Percentages of Total Final Grade

Unit Two: Secondary Research & Inquiry
Unit Three: Research, Inquiry, & Digital
Composing
Course Total

30%
30%

Figure 1

Unit One: Primary Research & Inquiry

B, 70-79 C, 60-69

Weight

D, and 59 and
below, F).
All major
assignments and

40%

a final portfolio
must be

100%

completed in
order to receive

Weight

Major Assignments (3 Workshops, 3 Drafts,
3 Reflections)

20%

Studio & Group Work Responses (In Class
& Online)

20%

Class Participation (In Class & Online)

20%

Course Portfolio Checks

40%

Unit Total

100%

a passing grade
in the course.
Figure 2

Task Percentages Within Each Unit

Failing to
complete even
one working
draft, not
participating in a
workshop, not
completing a
reflection, or not
completing the
portfolio means
you will fail the
course.

Sources: The Announcer & Concept Crucible

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Email

Please feel free to email me with any questions you have about
our class work, reading, or assignments. Keep in mind:

• Email is a genre, meaning there are appropriate ways to

address, ask questions, etc. Email is not a text message, so
please do not write an email as such.
I generally check & respond my email 2-3 times on a
weekday between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00PM
I check email once over the weekend

Consider also
using Google
Chat in your
UNCC Gmail
account. W/ a
prior appt., I will
chat with you
online in real
time. This is
great option
when you can’t
make it to office
hours.

FYW’s Program Statement on Diversity

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The First-Year Writing Program strives to create an
academic climate that respects people of varied cultural
backgrounds and life experiences. As a community of
scholars and teachers who study language, literature, and
writing, we are committed to nurturing intellectual and
aesthetic diversity. In all our activities, we invite participation
by diverse groups, including, but not limited to, those who
define themselves in the following terms: race and ethnicity;
gender; political orientation; sexual orientation; special
health needs; age; religion; country of origin; and socioeconomic status. Finally, by fostering multiple perspectives
in our coursework, we can help our students prepare to
participate in our increasingly diverse society, as well as in
the global community.

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Students who have a disability or condition, which may impair their
ability to complete assignments or otherwise satisfy course criteria
should meet with me to identify, discuss and document any feasible
instructional modifications or accommodations. Please inform me
as soon as possible after a disability or condition is diagnosed,
whichever occurs earliest. For information and auxiliary assistance,
contact the Disabilities Resources Center.

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Plagiarism
Plagiarism is a
SERIOUS issue,
and should not
be taken lightly.
Should you have
questions about
plagiarism or
citing sources, see
me or visit the
Writing Resources
Center in
Cameron 149.

Intentional
plagiarism
constitutes
automatic failure
of this class &
possibly being
reported to
Student Affairs.
This is your
education; be
responsible.

A. Cheating. Intentionally using or attempting to use
unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids or
other devices in any academic exercise. This definition
includes unauthorized communication of information
during an academic exercise.
B. Fabrication and Falsification. Intentional and
unauthorized alteration or invention of any information
or citation in an academic exercise. Falsification is a
matter of altering information, while fabrication is a
matter of inventing or counterfeiting information for use
in any academic exercise.
C. Multiple Submission. The submission of substantial
portions of the same academic work (including oral
reports) for credit more than once without authorization.
D. Plagiarism. Intentionally or knowingly presenting the
work of another as one's own (i.e., without proper
acknowledgment of the source). The sole exception to
the requirement of acknowledging sources is when the
ideas, information, etc., are common knowledge.
(NOTE: For more information regarding plagiarism, see
PLAGIARISM Appendix at http://legal.uncc.edu/policies/
ps-105.html#APP.)
E. Abuse of Academic Materials. Intentionally or
knowingly destroying, stealing, or making inaccessible
library or other academic resource material.
F. Complicity in Academic Dishonesty. Intentionally or
knowingly helping or attempting to help another to
commit an act of academic dishonesty.

Class Cancellations/Inclement Weather
In the event that the university or myself needs to cancel class due to weather or other
unforeseen circumstance, you will STILL have work to complete. More specifically:

• You will receive an email from me with instructions
• Work will be updated both on Moodle & our Google Docs folder for you to complete
• Be mindful of the time constraints for the work, and turn in your work on time and
complete

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Pocket Survival Guide for Success in Our Class
With regards to the work of the course:
• I reserve the right to give an impromptu reading quiz if it becomes apparent you
are not prepared
• All Studio & Group Work Responses are due via Moodle 30 minutes prior to the
beginning of class
• All major assignment components are due prior to 11PM on Saturdays on the
specified due date
• All major assignments and a final portfolio must be completed in order to receive
a passing grade in the course
• Failing to complete even one working draft, not participating in a workshop, not
completing a reflection, or not completing the portfolio means you will FAIL THE
COURSE
With regards to late work I:
• Will not accept late papers except
under extremely extenuating
circumstances (death in the
family, extended illness, etc.)
• Reserve the right to require some
sort of documentation (i.e.
doctor's notes, a memorial
bulletin, etc.) for my records
• Hold all of my students to the
same standard throughout my
classes, thus the need for a more
rigorous process to justify late
work

Follow the survival guide,

and prosper…
Sources: Geek League of America

I give ample time in class to work/workshop various projects, so I expect you:
• To stay off of social media and coursework for other classes.
• To ask me questions, raise concerns, and/or get assistance from me concerning
our course work.
• To not wait until the last minute to ask questions, get help etc.
With regards to attendance:
• It is your responsibly to be here and fully active
• Should you be absent, you are responsible for all missed work
• If you miss class, consult Moodle and the Google Docs folder to see what you
have missed
NEED HELP? I am available:
• Via email, office hours, Google Chat, and additional appointments outside of my
set times if necessary

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• To help you throughout this class, so waiting until the last minute to get help, ask
questions, raise concerns, etc. is bad practice
Consider the syllabus, Moodle, and Google Docs resources:
• A contract for the standards of behavior and coursework expectations
• Are here to protect both you and me concerning the acceptable working and
learning conditions for this class
• Are resources to help you know what is going on, so claiming "I didn't know" is
never an excuse
• Your first resource when you have questions about
content, due dates, expectations, etc.
With regards to your email, Moodle, &
Google Docs Folder:
• I will be sending you updates,
reminders, comments, and other
course information via email and
Moodle; therefore, you need to
check both often
• Should I need to modify the course
syllabus or due dates, I will update
you via email and the appropriate
Google Docs
Sources: Get in the Sky
• You are responsible for keeping up with these
changes when I make announcements in class
• Should Moodle become unavailable from some sort of system-wide error, you will
still be required to complete your work through our course Google folder
• Should Moodle become unavailable and we need to use the Google folder backup, you will receive specific instructions from me via email