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Academic Writing and Research

1320 CRN 21266
Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Thompson Hall 203

Gail Richard, Instructor
Email: grichard@uca.edu
Office: Thompson Hall 328
Phone: 501-450-3351

Office hours: Tuesday 10:45—12:15, and by appointment

A Note from the Instructor
I consider it a privilege to be your writing instructor for this semester and am here to help you
succeed. This course will cover ample material and will require your commitment and
determination to complete all projects on time. I will give you my best and expect likewise in
return. Please contact me for any concerns you have at any point through the semester.
Course Focus: 1320 is a research-based composition course with integration of valid, relevant,
and reliable evidence. The course provides practice in research, rhetorical analysis, audience
analysis, and examination of real-world rhetorical situations. Students identify and avoid
fallacies and learn uses for appeals and reasoning within the context of the student's writing. The
course offers strategies in civil discourse and a foundation in information literacy. This course
uses the WPA OS as the learning outcomes with portfolio assessment.

Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes: At the end of the semester, students in 1320 should demonstrate a
capacity to incorporate the following outcomes into their writing.
Outcomes for First-Year Composition: the Department has adapted the following
outcomes for first-year composition courses from the outcome statements of the Council
for Writing Program Administrators.

● Rhetorical Knowledge: Students will learn how audience, purpose, genre, and
content shape the meaning and effectiveness of writing.
● Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing: Students will use writing and reading
for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating. Students will learn that
writing is a series of tasks, including finding, evaluating, analyzing, and
synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources. They will discover how
to integrate their original ideas with the ideas of others.
● Writing Process Strategies: Students will develop strategies for generating
ideas, revising, and editing their writing through successive drafts. Those
strategies will include collaborating with others, including giving and receiving
feedback in peer groups.
● Knowledge of Conventions: Students will have extensive practice in writing and
will develop knowledge of conventions, including organization, formats/genre,
style, control of surface features, and incorporation and documentation of
materials from sources.

Course Materials

*Argument Today with Readings, by Richard Johnson-Sheehan and Charles Paine

*Access to computer with internet connection/printer

Course Requirements
1320 is a writing workshop, not a lecture course. You will be actively engaged in small groups and work
in pairs not only to discuss course content, but also to develop and refine texts. To be successful in this
class, you will need not only to be present and actively participate each session, but also to complete the
three major writing projects and submit a final course portfolio.
The following three elements are a means of assuring your exposure to—and subsequent understanding of
—the learning outcomes outlined on the first page of this syllabus. There are 1000 points possible. Note:
I will adjust the timeline as needed based on class progress and need.
Major Assignments—60% of final grade—this element is composed of 3 major assignments. A detailed
guide will be provided at the beginning of each module with specific guidelines.

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Rhetorical Analysis—200 pts—how do the parts of a document make it rhetorically effective?
Logical Argument Eassay—200 pts—introduce your issue then present a logical and reasonable case for
your position on the issue.
Proposal—200 pts—Write a researched argumentation paper explaining a particular problem related to
your issue and propose a solution.

Peer Review Groups will be made up of the other classmates. Periodically, class time will be
used as draft sessions in which students will review and discuss their peer’s writings. Also, a
reflective piece will be required with every writing project. No reflective no credit.

Minor Assignments—40% of final grade—this element is composed of your participation in daily
activities throughout the course, an on-line portfolio, and an annotated bibliography.
Class participation—200 pts—during the semester, we will have scheduled quizzes, short writings and
other activities. Please note that this is separate from your attendance record. It is possible to attend class
and receive no participation points.
Annotated Bibliography—100pts—Construct an annotated bibliography of 7 sources related to your
issue.
Final Portfolio—100pts—this element requires you to produce a portfolio of your work with an
accompanying analysis of your growth as a writer and your knowledge in the context of the WPA
Learning Outcomes for this course.

Daily Assignments
Most classes will begin with a daily writers prompt based on the assigned readings. Each writer’s
response should be 2-3 paragraphs in length. Discussion and group activities will follow.
Grading scale:
90-100%: A
80-89%: B
70-79%: C
0-69%: No Credit

Other Important Information
Public Nature of the Classroom
Please consider all writing for this class to be "public.” Part of becoming an effective writer is
learning to appreciate the ideas and feedback of others; in this course, our purpose is to come
together as a writing community. Remember that all students will be expected to share writing
with others. Avoid writing about topics that you wish to keep private or that you feel so strongly
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about that you are unwilling to listen to the perspectives of others. Additionally, the feedback
that is provided is intended to help improve your writing; be open to the suggestions about your
writing.

Classroom Policies
Attendance and participation
Attendance and participation in class discussions is expected of every student in order to be successful in
this course. Students may miss no more than four (4) class periods during the semester. Students are
encouraged to attend every class. Each missed day beyond the four (4) days will result in a lowered final
letter grade. For example, if six (6) days are missed by the end of the semester and your final grade
is an A– that grade will be lowered to a C because of the excessive absences.
If there is a serious medical issue or family emergency, documentation may need to be provided by the
student. Participation is essential to do well in this class, therefore, quizzes, response papers, and in-class
assignments cannot be made up or handed in at a later date.
Every student will be responsible for signing their name only into the daily sign-in sheet; otherwise that
student will be considered absent. In the event a student is tardy for class, they will be responsible to sign
the sign-in sheet; otherwise that student will be considered absent, as well.
Instructor Availability & Conferences
I am happy to meet with you and address any concerns you may have. I check my e-mail daily and it is
the best way to reach me.
Late Work
Assignments are due at the beginning of class on their due date. I do not accept late work except under
extenuating circumstances which have been discussed with me.
Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional borrowing or stealing of another’s words, thoughts or ideas
and passing them off as your own. College and University regulations regarding academic dishonesty, as
set forth in the UCA student handbook and other University documents and publications, will be enforced
in this class. If written work does not appear to be your own, you will be questioned about it. If it is
determined that you indeed plagiarized, you will receive an F for that assignment and may be dismissed
from the course.

Academic Integrity Statement
The University of Central Arkansas affirms its commitment to academic integrity and expects all
members of the university community to accept shared responsibility for maintaining academic
integrity. Students in this course are subject to the provisions of the university’s Academic
Integrity Policy, approved by the Board of Trustees as Board Policy No. 709 on February 10,
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2010, and published in the Student Handbook. Penalties for academic misconduct in this course
may include a failing grade on an assignment, a failing grade in the course, or any other courserelated sanction the instructor determines to be appropriate. Continued enrollment in this course
affirms a student’s acceptance of this university policy.
Title IX disclosure:
If a student discloses an act of sexual harassment, discrimination, assault, or other sexual
misconduct to a faculty member (as it relates to “student-on-student” or “employee-on-student”),
the faculty member cannot maintain complete confidentiality and is required to report the act and
may be required to reveal the names of the parties involved. Any allegations made by a student
may or may not trigger an investigation. Each situation differs, and the obligation to conduct an
investigation will depend on the specific set of circumstances. The determination to conduct an
investigation will be made by the Title IX Coordinator. For further information, please visit:
https://uca.edu/titleix. Updated 2014-10-21 Page 2 of 3 *Disclosure of sexual misconduct by a
third party who is not a student and/or employee is also required if the misconduct occurs when
the third party is a participant in a university-sponsored program, event, or activity.
Americans with Disabilities Act statement:
The University of Central Arkansas adheres to the requirements of the Americans with
Disabilities Act. If you need an accommodation under this Act due to a disability, please contact
the UCA Disability Resource Center, 450-3613.
Behavior policy statement:
It is the policy of the department, that any student in a department class whose behavior regularly
interferes with the instructor’s ability to conduct the class and foster student learning, or who
exhibits a behavior so outrageous as to severely impede the conduct of a class, may be dropped
by the instructor after the instructor consults with the department chair. Prior warning will be
provided to the student when possible, but under extraordinary circumstances such warning may
not be possible.
Building Emergency Plan statement:
An Emergency Procedures Summary (EPS) for the building in which this class is held will be
discussed during the first week of this course. EPS documents for most buildings on campus are
available at http://uca.edu/mysafety/bep/. Every student should be familiar with emergency
procedures for any campus building in which he/she spends time for classes or other purposes.
Evaluations (Fall and Spring) Student evaluations of a course and its professor are a crucial
element in helping faculty achieve excellence in the classroom and the institution in
demonstrating that students are gaining knowledge. Students may evaluate courses they are
taking starting on the Monday of the thirteenth week of instruction {November 7, 2016} through
the end of finals week by logging in to myUCA and clicking on the Evals button in the top right.

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Important Dates for Fall, 2016

August 14-17, Sun – Wed Welcome Week
August 18, Thursday Instruction begins – day and evening classes
August 19, Friday Final date to drop Aug. 18 – Oct. 7 or Aug. 18 – Sept. 23 classes and receive
a 100% refund
Change-of-course period ends for Aug. 18 – Oct. 7 classes
Final date to register
Final date to add classes
Final date to change from credit to audit or audit to credit
August 20, Saturday Instruction begins – Saturday classes
August 24, Wednesday Change-of-course period ends for Aug. 18 – Dec. 9 classes
Final date to register
Final date to add classes
Final date to change from credit to audit or audit to credit
Final date to drop Aug. 18 – Oct. 7 or Aug. 18 – Sept. 23 classes and receive a 75% refund. 0%
refund at this date
Final date to drop Aug. 18 – Dec. 9 classes with a 100% refund
September 5, Monday Labor Day Holiday
September 8, Thursday
Final date to drop Aug. 18 – Dec. 9 classes with a 75% refund. 0% refund after this date.
September 9, Friday Final date to complete confirmation form and pay application fee for
December 2016 graduation
September 23, Friday Final date to officially withdraw from Aug. 18 – Oct. 7 classes with a W
grade unless already dropped for non-attendance
September 27, Tuesday Final date to drop Sept. 26 – Oct. 28 classes and receive a 100% refund
September 30, Friday Final date to drop Sept. 26 – Oct. 28 classes and receive a 75% refund.
0% refund after this date.
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Final date to officially withdraw from Aug. 18 – Oct. 7 classes with a WP or WF grade unless
already dropped for non-attendance
October 11, Tuesday Final date to drop Oct. 10 – Dec 9 classes and receive a 100% refund
Change-of-course period ends for Oct. 10 – Dec. 9 classes Last date to register
Last date to add classes
Last date to change from credit to audit or audit to credit
October 12, Wednesday Noon Mid-term grade report due
October 13 – 16, Thur – Sun. Fall Break
October 18, Tuesday Final date to drop Oct. 10 – Dec. 9 classes and receive a 75% refund. No
refund after this date.
October 24-November 14
Advance Registration for Spring 2017
October 28, Friday Final date to officially withdraw from Aug. 18 – Dec. 9 classes or the
university with a W grade unless already dropped for non-attendance
November 1, Tuesday Final date to drop Oct. 31 – Dec. 9 classes with a 100% refund
November 4, Friday Final date to drop Oct. 31 – Dec. 9 classes and receive a 75% refund. 0%
refund after this date.
November 11, Friday Final date to officially withdraw from Oct. 31 – Dec. 9 classes with a W
grade unless already dropped for non-attendance
November 23, Wednesday Thanksgiving Break. No classes. University open
November 24-27, Thur – Sun Thanksgiving Holiday. University closed
November 28, Monday Final date to officially withdraw from Oct. 10 – Dec. 9 classes with a
WP or WF grade unless already dropped for non-attendance
Final date to officially withdraw from Aug. 18 – Dec. 9 classes or the university with a WP or
WF grade unless already dropped for non-attendance
December 2, Friday Study Day
December 3, Saturday Final Exams – Saturday classes

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December 5 – 9, Mon – Fri Final Examinations – day and night classes
December 10, Saturday Winter Commencement
December 12, Monday – Noon Final grade report due

Academic Calendar (projected)
Dates

Assignments

Week 1
August 18

Introduce Course Content and Rhetorical Concepts.
Portfolio discussion.

Week 2
August 23, 25

“About Me” assignment and peer review practice. Read and
discuss, “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott

Week 3
Aug. 30, Sept. 1

Chapters 1, 4, & 17, Rhetorical Analysis’ Exercise and
group activities

Week 4
Sept. 6, 8

Chapter 16 Developing Your Research Process, Rhetorical
Analysis draft and peer review Tue. Sept. 6 at 12:15 p.m.
Final copy-Rhetorical Analysis due Thursday September 8,
11:59 p.m.
Chapters 2& 3, Writing prompts, Reflection on rhetorical
analysis due Sept. 15
Chapters 5, 6, 7, & 8, Writing prompts,

Week 5
Sept. 13, 15
Week 6
Sept. 20, 22
Week 7
Sept. 27, 29
Week 8
October 4, 6

Chapter 9, draft of annotated bibliography and peer review
Tue. Sept. 27, 12:15p.m. Annotated Bibliography due
Thursday Sept. 29, 11:9 p.m.
Chapters 10& 11, Writing prompts, Reflection on Annotated
Bibliography due Thursday Oct. 6.

You’re half-way through!
Week 9
Oct. 11, 13

Chapters 12 & 13, Writing prompts,
No class, October 13, Fall Break

Week 10
Oct. 18, 20
Week 11
October 25, 27

Chapters 14 & 20, Writing prompts

Week 12
Nov. 1, 3
Week 13
Nov. 8, 10

Logical Argument Draft and peer review Tue. Oct 25 at
12:15 p.m. Final copy Logical Argument due Thursday,
Oct. 27, 11:59 p.m.
Chapter 21, Reflection on Logical Argument due
Chapter 22, Writing prompt
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Week 14
Nov. 15, 17

Workshop Portfolios

Week 15
Nov. 22, 24
Week 16
Nov. 29, Dec. 1

Proposal draft and peer review Nov. 22 at 12:15 p.m.

You’re almost finished!

Proposal due Tuesday, November 29, 11:59. Reflection on
proposal due Thursday, Dec. 1, 11:59 p.m.

Congratulations!

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