English 192 -- Advanced Writing for Professionals Semester Day(s)/Time(s) Location
[Although created for the Fall 2009 semester, this syllabus contains elements currently required for ENGL 192]
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Purpose Advanced Writing for Professionals (ENGL 192) offers advanced instruction in expository and argumentative writing, with special emphasis on issues and approaches relevant to majors at Parks College. Our focus on mastering methods of research, argumentation, organization, and documentation will be applied to conceptualization and creation of documents directly related to the professional technical world in which students will one day work. Course Goals By the end of ENGL 192, students should be able to: master and apply the concepts that govern professional writing ethics; create a personal writing process that produces workable results; produce informal technical/professional writing products such as memos and emails; produce formal writing products such as reports and oral presentations; create a job search portfolio that can be used as a template for future internship and job searches; use SLU resources such as CAI Lab, Pius Library, and the Writing Center. Required Texts Faigley, Lester. The Brief Penguin Handbook. 2nd ed. New York: Pearson, 2006. Markel, Mike. Technical Communication. 8th ed. Boston: Bedford, 2007. Style Though many fine documentation styles exist for the creation of documents, we will be using APA style in this class. You can find information about APA style on page 584 of the Markel text and in the style section of the Brief Penguin Handbook. Blackboard We will be using the online tool known as Blackboard for this class, which is accessible through the Gateway portal on the SLU website. This is a site where I will post the syllabus, course materials, and notifications for the class. Students will post assignments (unless otherwise noted) and peer review comments. There is an email feature that I encourage everyone to use—it keeps your emails for this class separate from your other school/personal email. Assignments We will tackle several major projects during the course that, when completed, you will compile into a final portfolio. These projects include: a group of three documents essential to everyday business writing—a letter, a memo, and an email; a packet of job-application materials including cover letter, resume, and follow-up letter; a proposal; an oral presentation, which will be a group project; and a formal report, which will be based on research you will complete for the presentation assignment. The final
portfolio will include each graded assignment along with its peer review comments, and a post-grade revision. Assignments also will include two examinations. The exams will cover aspects of the technical-writing process and its products. You will be expected to actively engage in class discussion and peer review, and participate in in-class writing exercises. Together, these activities will factor into a “participation” grade. Extra Credit There are two opportunities for extra credit. First, you will be awarded three extra percentage points on any one assignment for which you use the writing center. Proof of your writing center session MUST be provided by your center consultant in the form of an email to me—no exceptions. Second, you may be awarded two extra overall percentage points if you create one additional portfolio project in the form of either a small technical manual or website. Specific directions for these opportunities will be posted to Blackboard. If you plan to turn in the extra project, you must notify me no later than Thanksgiving Break, and the project will be due with your final portfolio. Assessment Grades break down as follows: Projects Exams Final Portfolio Participation
50% 20% 20% 10%
Grading scale functions as follows: 94-100 % A 90-93% A87-89% B+ 84-86% B 80-83% B77-79% C+ 74-76% C 70-73% C60-69% D Below 60% F
Attendance Attendance in this class is crucial, as we will be working together to understand the process of tech writing. Sometimes, however, students may need to miss class for truly good reasons including the observance of a religious holiday; participation in a school-sponsored activity, and illness. I do allow three unexcused absences before a student’s grade begins to suffer. For each unexcused absence beyond three, the student’s grade will drop half a letter. I do not allow students to make up in-class work they do not perform due to unexcused absence. Tardiness and A Note to the Consciously Challenged If a student is late to class three times, he or she will incur an unexcused absence. If a student arrives to class fifteen or more minutes late, he or she will be charged an unexcused absence for that day. If you fall asleep in my course, you will be counted absent for that day.
Late Assignments I expect students to turn in assignments on the day they are due either in person or posted to Blackboard, depending on specific assignment instructions. However, I will accept assignments up to three calendar days late, with the student’s grade dropping a full letter for each late day. Assignments turned in more than three days late will be recorded as a zero grade. I do not accept assignments, late or otherwise, via email. Academic Integrity and Honesty Students are expected to be honest in their academic work. The University reserves the right to penalize any student whose academic conduct at any time is, in its judgment, detrimental to the University. Such conduct shall include cases of plagiarism, collusion, cheating, giving or receiving or offering or soliciting information in examinations, or the use of previously prepared material in examinations or quizzes. Violations should be reported to your course instructor, who will investigate and adjudicate them according to the Policy on Academic Honesty of the College of Arts and Sciences. If the charges are found to be true, the student may be liable for academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion by the University. Students with Special Needs - Disability Services Any student who feels that he/she may need academic accommodations in order to meet the requirements of this course—as outlined in the syllabus, due to presence of a disability, should contact me or the Office of Disabilities Services. Please telephone the office at 314-977-2930, or visit Room 131 in the Academic Resources Center, 3840 Lindell Blvd. Confidentiality will be observed in all inquiries. Course Content Disclaimer Should a student find a reading or other course material offensive, for whatever reason, I invite him or her to speak with me to see whether accommodations may be made. CAI Lab Our class has a wonderful resource in the CAI (Computer-Aided Instruction) Lab, located on the second floor of Des Peres. We will be spending each Friday class in the CAI lab and will use the space for both group and individual work. SLU Writing Center The SLU Writing Center is YOUR writing center, designed expressly to help you reach your full potential as a writer, whether for school-related, professional, or personal needs. We will be meeting with writing center consultants throughout the semester, and you are asked to use the center as a resource for at least one class project, for which you will receive extra credit. I encourage you to take advantage of the Writing Center’s services; getting feedback benefits writers at all skill levels. The Center helps with writing projects, multimedia projects, and oral presentations. They offer one-on-one consultations that address everything from brainstorming and developing ideas to crafting strong sentences and documenting sources. For more information, call 977-2930 or visit http://www.slu.edu/x13305.xml.
Class Calendar and Assignment Schedule August M 27—Welcome and class orientation. Discussion of syllabus, class goals, expectations, and individual student goals. W 29—Read Markel Chapter 1 and 2. F 31—Read Markel Chapter 3 and 4. CAI Lab day. Introduction to the wonders of the CAI lab. Meet in the CAI Lab on the second floor of Des Peres. September M 3—No classes. Labor Day. W 5—Read Markel Chapter 14. F 7—CAI Lab day. M 10—Read Markel Chapter 5. W 12— In-class work on Assignment 1 (Letter, Memo, Email). F 14—CAI Lab day. Assignment 1 due to Blackboard. Peer review of Assignment 1 in class. M 17—Read Markel Chapter 6 and 15. W 19—Exam 1, which will cover chapters 1-6. F 21—CAI Lab day. M 24—Read Markel Chapter 7. W 26—Assignment 2 (Job Application Packet) due to Blackboard. F 28—CAI Lab day. Peer review of Assignment 2 in class. October M 1—Read Markel Chapter 8. W 3—Class speaker. Mike Dorsey, mechanical engineer, will discuss the application of writing in the professional tech world. F 5—CAI Lab day. M 8—Read Markel Chapter 9 and 16. W 10—In-class work on Assignment 3. F 12—CAI Lab day. M 15—Read Markel Chapter 10 and 11. Midterm week. W 17— Assignment 3 (Proposal) due. F 19— CAI Lab day. Peer review of Assignment 3 in class. M 22—No class. Fall break. W 24— Read Markel Chapter 12 and 21. F 26—CAI Lab day. Begin working on group presentations. M 29—In-class work on Assignment 4. W 31—Exam 2, which will cover chapters 7-12. November F 2—CAI Lab day. M 5—Read Markel Chapter 13. W 7—Assignment 4 (Oral Presentation) due. F 9—CAI Lab day. Peer review of Assignment 4 in class. M 12—Read Markel Chapter 17. W 14—Read Markel Chapter 18. F 16—CAI Lab Day. M 19—In-class work on Assignment 5. W 21—No class. Thanksgiving break. F 23—No class. Thanksgiving break.
M 26—In-class work on Assignment 5. W 28—Assignment 5 (Formal Report) due. F 30—CAI Lab day. Peer review of Assignment 5 in class. December M 3— In-class work on final portfolios and portfolio consultations. W 5— In-class work on final portfolios and portfolio consultations. F 7—CAI Lab day. In-class work on final portfolios. M 10—Last day of class. We will NOT meet today. However, I will be available Wednesday-Friday of this week for further portfolio consultations, should you have any questions or concerns and wish to schedule a second meeting. Friday, December 14—Final portfolios are due in my mailbox (located in Humanities English Office on the first floor) NO LATER than Noon, CST. You are more than welcome (encouraged, in fact) to turn your portfolio in before Friday.