Course Title: Composition and Rhetoric II
Course Description: The continued development of writing skills acquired in English 1301 and development of critical thinking skills in argumentation, analysis, and interpretation of various types of literature. The course includes extensive reading and writing, MLA documentation, study of research methods and materials, and preparation of the documented research paper.
Course Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 1
Prerequisite: English 1301
Student Learning Outcomes:
We believe that English 1301 leads directly into English 1302, and that the second course builds upon skills from English 1301; therefore, English 1302 will continue to develop and evaluate those expected outcomes from English 1301.
Because English 1302 focuses on research skills, students successfully completing the course should also be able to demonstrate the following:
Defend an informed position or
argument within the context of
a specific discipline with explanations and answers to relevant counterarguments.
2. Comprehend writing as a series of additional research tasks that include finding, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources.
3. Practice appropriate conventions of documenting their work with the MLA format.
4. Continue to build upon the Student Learning Outcomes for English 1301
Students should be able to demonstrate rhetorical knowledge in the following ways:
a. Read and interpret a prompt for a writing assignment.
b. Write essays that take a position and successfully argue or defend that position.
c. Write essays with appropriate evidence, discussion, and organization for a specific audience.
d. Write essays with strong introductions and conclusions that represent sophisticated thought and writing.
e. Write essays that use format, structure, tone, diction, and syntax appropriate to the rhetorical situation.
5. Students should be able to demonstrate critical thinking, reading, and writing in the following ways:
a. Use reading and writing for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating.
b. Integrate their own ideas with those of others with clear distinction between the two.
6. Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the writing process in the following ways:
a. Be aware that it usually takes multiple drafts to create and complete a successful text.
b. Develop and demonstrate flexible strategies for generating ideas, revising, editing, and proofreading.
c. Understand and utilize the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes by learning to critique their own and others’ work.
7. Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of conventions in the following ways:
a. Apply knowledge of genre conventions ranging from structure and paragraphing to tone and mechanics.
b. Control such surface features as grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Withdrawal Policy: Last day to withdraw is March 9
Collin College Academic Policies: “See the current Collin Student Handbook.”
Americans with Disabilities Act: Collin College will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-G200 or 972.881.5898 (V/TTD: 972.881.5950) to arrange for appropriate accommodations. See the current Collin Student Handbook for additional information.
Instructor’s Name: Dr. Lisa Roy-Davis
Office Number: H235
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-10AM, 1:00PM-2:30, Monday and Wednesday by appointment only.
Phone Number: 972-578-5511
Email: LRDavis@collin.edu--please note the R after the L.
Section Number: S45
Meeting Times: T/R 2:30-3:45
Meeting Location: B214
Barnet, Sylvan and Hugo Bedau. Current Issues and Enduring Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings. 9th ed. ISBN-10: 0-312-54732-3
Van Winkle, Clint. Soft Spots: A Marine’s Memoir of Combat and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. ISBN: 978-0312378936
Supplies: A spiral bound notebook for taking notes on readings and doing in class writing, A pocket folder for keeping copies of your writing.
Attendance Policy: You are expected to attend all classes and to arrive on time. There is no way to “make up” what goes on in class. At 5 absences, excused OR unexcused, you will fail the course (I reserve complete discretion in applying this standard). I take attendance in every class using my IPhone and track your absences as a method of determining your grade. There are no “excused” absences, there is only the total number of 5 for the semester. If you arrive late, make sure that you notify me at the end of the class period that you came late so I can mark you present. If you don’t let me know at the end of the class period, I will probably forget and leave your notation as “absent.”
If you fall behind in your work and writing, you should get in touch with me by email or come by during my office hours to chat. I’m always willing to work through issues you have in order to help you in the course. Do NOT wait until the end of the course to tell me that you’ve been having problems all semester and expect me to be sympathetic. I will not be.
Please also note that if you send me an email asking me what you missed in class, I will refer you to our course schedule and tell you to speak with one of your classmates to get an idea of how the discussion went. I will not discuss class happenings in emails.
Method of Evaluation: We will be using the B Contract for course grading and evaluation. A complete explanation of the contract guidelines and policies is available on the website for this course: http://iws2.collin.edu/lrdavis
Lab: You do not attend a separate lab for this course. The lab requirement consists of out-of-class assignments that contribute to your understanding of course content and the production of your four major essays and will be assigned throughout the semester.
Essay 1: Rogerian Argument (5-6 pages): You will select two essays from the textbook that take opposing views on the same issue and write an essay that argues from a position of common ground.
Essay 2: Field Research Argument (5-6 pages): You will select a group to which you have extensive access and construct an argument about that group citing direct observation as evidence.
Essay 3: Annotated Bibliography (3-5 pages): Before embarking on your final research project, you will select a topic relevant to Van Winkle’s memoir Soft Spots and construct an evaluative annotated bibliography of five sources to analyze the discussion surrounding your topic and the rhetorical approaches authors have used to appeal to various audiences.
Essay 4: Research Paper (7-8 pages): Drawing on the research and analysis you began with the annotated bibliography, you will write your own scholarly argument citing a variety of sources to support your claims.
Late Work and Make-up Work: I will accept late work, with prior notice. Any work turned in late without advance warning to me will not be commented on. You must turn in all work to pass the course. Turning work in late severely limits your ability to pass the course. If you are attending class regularly and doing the writing, there should be no reason why your work is late. With that being said, I know that life intervenes sometimes, and I’m sympathetic to that. Contact me if you’re having trouble and need an extension. I usually ask when you know you can have something turned in, and give you the extension. You’ll find me very easy to work with before a deadline, and very difficult to work with after a deadline has passed. Late work without prior notice breaks the B contract.
Scholastic Dishonesty: From the Collin College Student Code of Conduct 7-2.3
The College District may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts, or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work material that is not one’s own. Scholastic dishonesty may involve, but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, use of annotated texts or teacher’s editions, and/or falsifying academic records.
Plagiarism is the use of an author’s words or ideas as if they were one’s own without giving credit to the source, including, but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation.
Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, copying computer or Internet files, using someone else’s work for assignments as if it were one’s own, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course.
Collusion is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to, providing a paper or project to another student; providing an inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate during an examination; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site, and allowing a classmate to copy answers.
In cases where an incident report has been filed for an alleged violation of scholastic dishonesty, faculty are requested to delay posting a grade, for the academic work in question, until the Dean of Students Office renders an administrative decision in the case. Students found responsible for scholastic dishonesty offenses will receive an authorized disciplinary penalty from the Dean of Students Office. The student may also receive an academic penalty in the course where the scholastic dishonesty took place. The professor will determine the appropriate academic penalty.
Writing Center: The Writing Center, located in D-224, offers in person and online writing assistance and other resources. You should visit the Writing Center at least once this semester, and I may request that you visit the Writing Center for help with specific writing concerns. The Writing Center also hosts several free workshops each semester. Visit their website at http://www.collin.edu/writingcenter for hours and contact information.
Personal Support: Counseling Services supports and assists enrolled students who have personal issues that impact their college experience. Individual appointments with Licensed Professional Counselors may be scheduled by contacting our office by phone or email. Sessions are confidential and at no cost to students. Counseling Services does accept walk-in's during regular business hours. Evening appointments may be scheduled based on counselor availability. For more information visit http://www.collin.edu/studentresources/counseling/index.html or call 972-881-5126.
Course Calendar: A complete course calendar is available on my website: http://iws2.collin.edu/lrdavis. Follow the links for ENGL 1302 and download the calendar from there. Announcements, assignments and downloads will also be posted on the course calendar available through your login on Turnitin.com as well.