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					COMS 321 Rhetorical Discourse Spring 2009 Tuesday 7-9:45 pm Prof. Polly Robinson email: office: Manzanita Hall 356 Comm Studies Office: Manzanita Hall 220 Office hours: Monday, Wednesday 10-10:50am, Tuesday 12-1:50 pm Course Description and Objectives: This course is designed to help students develop and improve the skills necessary to communicate effectively in writing. Students will complete a number of informal and formal writing assignments, participate in class discussions, deliver oral presentations and conduct peer evaluations. More specifically, by the end of the semester, I will expect you to be able to do the following:  consistently employ appropriate writing mechanics  effectively collect, synthesize and evaluate information  organize material info clear, coherent patterns  use language effectively and apply appropriate rhetorical strategies  analyze audiences and adapt message to a variety of audiences  select and evaluate arguments and refute unsound arguments  analyze relevant social and communication issues Required Texts available at CSUN Matador Bookstore:  Strunk and White. Elements of Style Any Edition  Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life  Lunsford, Andrea A. and John Ruszkiewicz. Everything’s an Argument Fourth edition  Hacker, Diana A Writer’s Reference Any Edition  Course Reader, available at ASAP copy at Prairie & Reseda: Readings with an * are from the reading packet. Course Requirements Weekly exercises + 1 quiz Descriptive Analysis Paper: Literature Review: paper Argument Paper: Communication Packet Take home writing exam Participation/ Class writing

15 pts 15 pts 15 pts 20 pts 10 pts 15 pts 10 pts

Due: Every Week Due: 3/3 Due: 3/17 Due: 4/21 Due: 4/28 Due: 5/5

Email and Grades This is an internet campus. All information for this university is now officially provided only via the internet. This means you are required to have internet access and an email account. However, grades CANNOT be given over the email for security purposes, so do not request information on grades via email. If you would like to discuss a grade for a particular assignment please make an appointment to see me.

Weekly Exercises Each week you will have a short exercise taken from Everything’s An Argument. These exercises are meant as a way to practice some of the ideas you read about in the book. They must be typed, handwritten work will not be accepted. Please be sure to write your name, class time, page, exercise number and THE WEEK OF THE ASSIGNMENT at the top of the page. If your exercise fails to contain all of this information you will receive half credit. Most of these assignments will be between one and two pages long, but there is no page length required. They will be graded either full credit=X half credit=/ or no credit (if you fail to turn it in). Exercises will be judged on their completeness and not so much on their writing style or grammar. Exercises are due at the BEGINNING of class the Monday of the week they are due. Exercises turned in after I have taken roll will be considered late and receive only half credit. Exercises cannot be turned in via email! Recommended Exercises Since many students struggle with their writing, it is highly recommended you test yourself with online exercises linked to Hacker’s book: (You do not to have to register!). Quiz There will be a surprise quiz worth one point. As long as you are here you will receive the point, but it cannot be made up! Attendance and Participation Students are required to attend every class and be on time. There are NO excused absences! Emergencies of various kinds--illness or death in the family, job conflicts, automobile accidents-unfortunately happen every semester. If something of this kind should happen, please do not bring me any documentation such as a doctor’s note or a receipt from the towing company. Unfortunately, there is no way of making up a missed class, but missing one or two classes will not harm your grade. This is why you should make an extra effort to never miss class. You should consider missing class like missing work. If you consistently miss work or show up late, would you still have a job? Not if I was your boss. I take attendance at the beginning of class, so if you are late do not assume I have counted you as here. You can tell me after class, and I will mark you as here but note indicating you were late. Students who miss class or regularly show up late will lose points. If you miss class, please do not ask me what you missed, instead acquire the notes on what you missed from a fellow student. Please exchange phone numbers with at least two student partners with whom you can share notes, in case one of you misses class. You may use your laptop in class; however, be courteous Cell phones/PDA’s/Ipods/MP3 players must be turned off (not set to “vibrate”). Texting during class is simply juvenile – don’t do it. Participation is just as much about attentive listening and focusing on what others are saying as contributing your own voice. Students must be prepared to discuss the readings and participate in class discussions in a respectful manner. Students who whisper or speak to their neighbor while someone else is trying to be heard will lose points. If you must communicate with your neighbor during class,

COMS 321 Rhetorical Discourse Spring 2009 Tuesday 7-9:45 pm passing notes, even texting, is more respectful. If you feel that your neighbor is causing you to talk, I strongly recommend sitting next to someone else. Examples of attendance and participation grades: 10 pts = Student attends every class or nearly every class, participates when given the opportunity and listens respectfully to the contributions of others. 9 pts = Student attends every class but almost never speaks in class, even when called upon. 8 pts = Student attends class regularly, but is often checking the cellphone or reading non-class materials (e.g school newspaper) rather than following discussion. 7 pts = Student misses more than 5 hours of class time, regularly comes late to class or leaves early. 6 pts = Student attends nearly every class but often whispers while other students are talking. The instructor is also responsible for showing up on time as well as being prepared to facilitate learning through respectful engagement with students and provide thoughtful and responsible assessment of student learning. Assignments: Except for in-class exercises, written assignments must be typewritten or they will not be accepted. Papers must be posted to (see below) by midnight the date they are due and a hard copy turned in to class. Do not hand me a disk or send me an email attachment. Papers should always be double spaced, printed on white paper and be fastened with a staple in the upper left-hand corner. If you do not have a stapler, use one at the library! Do NOT use a cover page or any additional binding material. Simply place your name, professor name, class and class time in the top left hand corner, type your paper title--centered and bolded--then begin writing. APA or MLA is acceptible for all citations, pick one and stick to it. LATE PAPERS: It is hard to predict breakdowns, illnesses, deaths in the family and other tragedies large and small. For this reason you should always get an early start on your assignment and not wait until the last minute! Do not bring me a funeral program, note from your doctor or towing receipt as an excuse for a late paper. Each day a paper is turned in late one tenth of a point (.1) will be deducted. This will be determined by the date submitted to (see below). When you turn in your paper late it is your responsibility to calculate the points to be subtracted. At the top of your paper write the date due, the date you are submitting it and the number of points I should subtract. If your paper lacks this information I will deduct an additional point. IF YOUR PAPER IS MORE THAN TWO WEEKS LATE YOU WILL RECEIVE A ZERO FOR THAT ASSIGNMENT. If you cannot turn in an assignment to class bring it to the Comm Studies Dept. Office next to the elevators on the second floor of Manzanita Hall. DO NOT SLIDE UNDER MY OFFICE DOOR! Writing Assistance: While a student at CSUN you are fortunate to have access to a wonderful resource to aid you with your writing. Both the Writing Center and Writing Lab are in the Learning Resource Center Bayramian Hall 408 (BH408) 818-677-2033.

Plagiarism Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or works of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. According to the CSUN policy on Academic Dishonesty (see pages 531-532 in the Academic Catalog), plagiarism is an offense for which a student may be expelled, suspended, or given a less severe disciplinary sanction. If you are uncertain about the ethical responsibilities of particular assignments, citations, research processes, etc., please consult the instructor before submitting the assignment. To assist you in keeping your papers free of plagiarism, you are required to electronically submit your essays to in addition to turning in a hard copy to me (instructions on setting up an account, signing into the class, and submitting assignments will be provided to you). Your paper must be turned into by the due date to be considered on time! I will provide a sample the first week of class so you can make sure that you know how the website works before the first assignment is due. It is highly recommended you visit the following website to help you identify what constitutes plagiarism and strategies to avoid it: The first time your paper contains plagiarism I will deduct five points and consider it unintentional. You will then be required to rewrite it citing correctly. This rewritten paper must be turned in within two weeks. A second paper with plagiarism will receive no points. First drafts are not submitted to turnitin but a hard copy will be brought to class. If you fail to bring a first draft to class the day it is due, you will be counted as absent from that class. Rewrites At my discretion a student may be given the opportunity to rewrite 1 paper. The student must make an appointment to see me no later than one week after the paper was returned. Students who are given permission to rewrite a paper must turn in: 1) the original paper with comments 2) a point by point list of how and where the rewrite addressed my comments 3) the rewritten paper. The rewritten paper must be completed in one week. The grade will be the average between the rewritten paper’s grade and the original paper’s grade. All rewrites must be completed by week 15.

COMS 321 Rhetorical Discourse Spring 2009 Tuesday 7-9:45 pm Course Schedule The following is an outline for when we will cover the readings. At times we will take time to work on writings in class, so keep in mind the time we actually cover the readings may shift. Readings with an * are from the course reader. Also listed is the written exercise that is due at the beginning of class. The first exercise is due the second week. Week 1: n/a Week 2: Introductions Week 3: 2/3 Audience and Types of Appeal Lamott, 1-94 Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 1, 2, &5 Hacker, “Grammatical Sentences”, “Punctuation”, “Mechanics” exercise: p44 #6; p135 #4 READ ALL of Strunk and White. Elements of Style Week 4: 2/10 Rhetorical Analysis Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 3 *”A Rhetorical Perspective”, *”A Rhetorical Act”, *”Study Find TV Alters Fiji Girls’ View of Body”, *”The Culture of Thin Bites Fiji”, *”Why Shouldn’t the Epidermally Challenged Get Help?”, *”Men Should Have Better Things to Do” exercise: p77 #4 Week 5: 2/17 Factual Arguments Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 4, 7 exercise: p101 #3 Week 6: 2/24 Research Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 16, 19, 20 *”Reading Other People’s Research” Hacker, “Researching” exercise: p548 #3 Week 7: 3/3 Planning and Drafting Hacker, “Composing and Revising” Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 6 exercise: p172 #4 Descriptive Analysis Paper Due Week 8: 3/10 Fallacies and Plagiarism Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 17,18 Hacker, “Sentence Style”, “Word Choice” exercise: p513 #4 First Draft Literature Review Due

Week 9: 3/17 Revising and Documenting Sources Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 20 Hacker, “Document Design/ Academic Writing” exercise: p527 #4 Literature Review Due Week 10: 3/24 Definitions, Evaluations Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 8-9 exercise: p274 #1 Week 11: 3/31 Causes, Proposals Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 10, 11 exercise: p351 #3 SPRING BREAK 4/6-4/10 Week 12: 4/14 Writing for a Career *”Judging job seeker’s resume by its cover letter”, “Doomed Days”, *”Net-working”, *”Are Your E-Mails Sending the Wrong Message”, *”Image Is All in the Cards”, *”How to write a business Letter”, *”How to write a resume” Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 15 exercise: p466 #4 First Draft Argument Paper Due Week 13: 4/21 Style Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 12 exercise: p391 #3 Argument Paper Due Week 14: 4/8 Visual Style Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 14 exercise: p440 #4 Communication Packets Due Written exam passed out Week 15: 5/5 Humor Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz, 13 exercise: 410 #2 Written exam due (Hard copy only!) Week 16: 5/12 – 8-10 pm Final class meeting.