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					                                  EDCP 103-A852
                                 Spring II 2009-2010
                                    Web Tycho
                   University of Maryland University College, Asia

Eliza Warren, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Course Title: Fundamentals of Writing and Grammar

Course Description:

(Does not fulfill the general education requirement in communications. Recommended as
a preparation for WRTG 101 or upper-level writing courses.) A review of basic writing
skills. Topics include parts of speech; proper use of subordinate clauses, independent
clauses, and phrases; the writing process; strategies for developing academic paragraphs
and essays; and strategies for developing writing and editing skills in grammar,
punctuation, and mechanics. Frequent opportunities to practice and refine skills are
provided. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: EDCP 103,
EDCP 103X, or ENGL 100.

Course Introduction:

This course will focus on grammar and mechanics as well as writing correct sentences
and paragraphs. We will both review the rules and practice applying them within the
context of sentences. But turning in a "clean" paper in English 101 (or in any class)
depends on your ability to proofread your own writing for errors as well, so you can
expect to work on strategies for recognizing mistakes in your own work. Although, as
mentioned, the primary focus of this course will be correct use of grammar and
mechanics, we'll also discuss how the principles of subordination and coordination, or
variety and emphasis, can help you write sentences and paragraphs that get your point
across more effectively. You will also how to systematically put together a series of
thoughts into a focused, readable, and well-developed paragraph.

Course Goals/Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course students should be able to

  ·    identify and illustrate sentence parts and types
  ·    apply strategies for finding and correcting sentence level errors in grammar and
  ·    apply basic stylistic principles to sentence writing, such as variety and emphasis
  ·    apply basic principles of clarity and precision to sentence and paragraph writing
  ·    assess their weaknesses and strengths as writers
  ·       write sentences free of major sentence faults
  ·       write unified, coherent, and well-developed paragraphs

Course Materials:

Joseph C. Blumenthal. English 2600 with Writing Applications, Sixth Edition. Boston:
Heinle & Heinle, 1994, and Tests to Accompany English 2600. English 2600 is a self-
taught programmed course in grammar, usage, sentence-building, capitalization, and

Susan Fawcett. Evergreen: A Guide to Writing with Readings, Eighth Edition. New York:
Harcourt Brace, 2007. Evergreen is designed to help students build the writing skills
required for college-level academic work and expected in most careers. It examines
writing at the most basic grammatical units, builds through the sentence and paragraph,
and introduces the concept of the essay.

      9780155008625   ENGLISH 2600 COLLEGE EDITION 6TH '94 pap.          BLUMENTHAL    $55.00

      9780618766444   EVERGREEN (W/READINGS) 8TH'07 PAP.                 FAWCETT       $79.00

      9780155008649   TEST BOOKLET TO ACCOMPANY ENGLISH 2600 6TH ED.     BLUMENTHAL     $8.00

Note: Textbooks can be ordered online at the Asia DE Web site, . Books ordered from any other source will be at the
student’s own risk. UMUC Asia DE cannot be responsible for problems encountered
when textbooks are ordered from sources outside of the Asia DE Web site.

Grading Information and Criteria:

Unit tests:                                       50% (5 @ 10 pts each)
Writing Activities and Assignments:               20% (4 @ 5 pts each)
Final Exam:                                       20%
Participation:                                    10% (1 point per week, 10 possible points
                                                  toward final course grade)

Grading Scale:

The grading scale, based on 100 points, is:
A= 90-100 points
B= 80-89 points
C= 70-79 points
D= 60-69 points
F= 50-59 points

Grading is criterion-referenced in accord with the UMUC Guide to Writing and
Research, Chapter 7 "Assessing Your Writing," Section "How Is Writing Graded?"

An A paper is characterized by outstanding informative writing marked by superior
readability and competent handling of content. These traits are demonstrated in the
following ways:
The substance and organization follow a clear, logical sequence that makes the
information easily accessible to the reader. The purpose is clearly expressed, and the
selected details of the assignment reflect this purpose. The audience is accommodated
throughout the assignment as reflected in effective communication and style. Words are
chosen and sentences are constructed to make the information understandable. The
grammar, mechanics, and format are flawless.
A B paper is characterized by distinguished writing that successfully fulfills the
requirements but contains one of the following weaknesses:
Although the writing is essentially well organized, the audience analysis, the statement of
purpose, or the handling of the content is flawed. Although sentences are
Grammatically correct, their structure or length or both sometimes cause readers to work
unnecessarily hard. Ambiguous or vague wording hinders precise
communication. A small lapse in audience accommodation causes reader distraction.
Grammar, mechanics, and format flaws interfere with reading and comprehension.
A C paper is characterized by satisfactory writing that is generally effective but contains
any one of the following weaknesses:
Although satisfactorily written, the body of the assignment is not clearly organized, or
some material is not clearly explained; the audience and purpose are not clear. Sentences,
although they are grammatically correct, often make information difficult to extract;
editing key words or converting nouns to verbs could solve such problems. Wording
interferes with readability, but the reader can still glean the meaning; rereading is often
required. Repeated grammar, mechanics, or format errors mar the paper.
A D paper struggles to communicate information and contains weak writing. In a
professional working environment, such writing would be considered incompetent
because it suffers from any one of the following problems:
Any two of the problems listed under a C paper. Minimal evidence of audience
accommodation. Serious wording problems, such as garbled wording, gives the reader
repeated and serious difficulties in understanding. Serious sentence problems, such as
run-on sentences and comma splices, damage the readability. Grammar, spelling, or
format problems create frequent obstacles to understanding.
A failing grade on a writing assignment usually means that your paper contains any two
problems from the list for a D paper.

**Other Information:
NOTE: Online courses are designed to mirror the time commitment of face-to-face
courses. For example, if you spend 3 hours in a traditional classroom each week, you
should plan to spend 3 hours in your online classroom each week. As in a face-to-face
class, you will also need to allocate time outside of the online classroom to complete
reading and other assignments. As a general rule, you should plan to schedule 2 - 3 hours
outside of the classroom for every hour you spend in the classroom. For a typical 3-credit
online course, you should be prepared to commit a total of approximately 9 - 12 hours per
class per week.

Project Descriptions:

The process of reviewing various aspects of grammar and usage, discussing and
developing paragraph skills, and the participating in class activities designed to support
the major objective of this course-improvement of sentence and paragraph skills-will be
your major project. The grammar and usage exercises and activities will culminate in a
series of unit tests. Along the way, there will be individual and group activities, planning
and organizing paragraphs, peer editing exercises and/or other activities that can be
viewed as mini-projects. However, in general, there are no major projects for this course.

Course Schedule: 10 WEEKS (Apr 5 – June 13) - PROCTORED EXAM WEEK IS
WEEK 10 (June 7 - 13).

   Week          Session                Readings, Assignments, and Due Dates
      1       APR 5 ~ APR    --Explore the classroom. Write and submit bio, with
              11             photo.
                             --Tell us what you hope to learn.
                             --Explore "tips for success" and "online etiquette" in
                             course content area.
                             --Read and work through ENGLISH 2600 text, Unit 1
                             and Unit Review
                             --Read chapters 1-4, Evergreen
                             --Check into study groups
                             --Get used to being active in class. Come often. Write a
                             --Complete weekly conference, as usual
      2       APR 12 ~       --2600 Unit 2 & 3 and Unit Reviews 2 & 3
              APR 18         --Work in study groups
                             --Read chapters 5,6, 7, Evergreen
                             --First test, 10%, due by 18 April
                             --Complete weekly conference, as usual
                             --Reminder: April 14 Last Day for 75% Tuition Refund
      3       APR 19 ~       --2600 Unit 4 and Unit Review
              APR 25         --First writing piece, 10% due: April 25
               --Read chapters 8, 9, 10, Evergreen
               --Complete weekly conference, as usual
               --Reminder: April 23 Last Day for 50% Tuition Refund
4   APR 26 ~   --2600 Unit 5 and Unit Review
    MAY 2      --Second test, 10%, due by 2 May
               --Read chapters 11, 12, 13, Evergreen
               --Complete weekly conference, as usual
5   MAY 3 ~    --2600 Unit 6 and Unit Review
    MAY 9      --Second writing piece due, 9 May, 10%
               --Read chapters 14 and 15,
               --Review chs 25 and 26, Evergreen
               --Complete weekly conference, as usual
6   MAY 10 ~   --2600 Unit 7 and Unit Review
    MAY 16     --Third test, 10%, due by 16 May
               --Read: Evergreen 16 and 17
               --Review chs 27 and 28, Evergreen
               --Complete weekly conference, as usual
7   MAY 17 ~   --2600 Unit 8 and Unit Review
    MAY 23     --Third writing piece due, May 23, 10%
               --Read: Evergreen 18 and 19
               --Review chs 29 and 30, Evergreen
               --Complete weekly conference, as usual
8   MAY 24 ~   --Proctored Exam Appointment Week
    MAY 30     --Asia DE 10 week courses require all students to take
               a proctored exam at the end of the term. Students that
               do not take the proctored exam will receive an "Fn" for
               the course. Asia based students are responsible for
               scheduling their proctored exam appointment
               (reservation) through the Asia DE online Proctored
               Exam Reservation System, or with their own UMUC
               Asia approved alternate proctor during the two weeks
               prior to Proctored Exam Week. All Europe based
               students must continue to make appointments through
               their local UMUC Europe Field Rep Office. Computer-
               Based Proctored Exams are also available, but only for
               students testing at designated UMUC Computer Labs
               (ask your local UMUC Asia Field Rep or Computer Lab
               Monitor if their location is participating), and only during
               the scheduled Proctored Exam Week. All other
               students must take paper exams.
               --2600 Unit 9 and Unit Review
               --Fourth test, 10%, due May 30
               --Read: Evergreen 20, 21, and 22
                             --Review ch 31 and 32, Evergreen
                             --Complete weekly conference, as usual
                             --STUDY FOR EXAM!
     9        MAY 31 ~       --2600 Unit 10 and Unit Review
              JUN 6          --Fourth writing piece due, June 6, 10%
                             --Read: Evergreen 23 and 24
                             --Review chs 33 and 34, Evergreen
                              --2600 Unit 11 and 12 and Unit Reviews
                             --Fifth test, 10%, due by 6 June
                             --Review chs 35-37, Evergreen
                             --Complete weekly conference, as usual
                             --STUDY FOR EXAM!
     10       JUN 7 ~ JUN    --Complete all final EDCP business
              13             --Proctored Exam Week
                             --Complete weekly conference, as usual

Proctored Exam: Please see Administrative Policies section below.

Additional Information

Participation--World Wide Web Protocols

By registering for a Web-based course, you have made a commitment to participate in
your course conferences as well as other online activities. Please plan to participate
regularly. You will note in the grading policy that your online conference participation
counts towards your final grade.

You are expected to adhere to the general rules of online etiquette. To prepare to use the
online conference, you should read the notes on Online Participation and Online Etiquette
in the "Read Me First" area of the course modules. Keep those notes handy; you may
need to refer to them frequently during the semester.

Advice for Student Success

This course may be the first online course experience for you. A certain amount of
uncertainty and frustration is to be expected as you learn to use the technology during the
first weeks. It's important you recognize that this online asynchronic classroom retains
many of the requirements of the traditional classroom, such as lectures, class discussions,
assignments, and required readings, while offering you greater control over your time as
well as access to the all instructional resources available through the World Wide Web.
Please always remember that the course is tied to an academic calendar, with weekly
required activities, clear due dates for assignments, and an end to the semester.

Courses earning 3 credits require a minimum of three hours in the Web classroom each
week and a minimum of two additional hours preparation for each classroom hour.
Courses with heavy reading assignments and papers often require more time. You should
allow for those requirements in planning your study schedule. Courses such as this one
also have higher expectations about the quality and the quantity of student contributions,
and grading standards are more stringent.

If your time is limited, you need to be self-disciplined as a class member. Be prepared to
visit the online classroom three times each week and to fulfill each of the assignments
your instructor requires. During your preparation time outside the classroom, study the
readings carefully and engage in any research or writing activities assigned. And of
course, avoid the temptation to procrastinate: not preparing for or not logging in to class
each week, or postponing that research project will almost certainly lead to unnecessary
stress later and probably be reflected in your final grade.

Although online courses do retain many of the same schedules and requirements of a
classroom-based course, there are some important differences. In an asynchronous course
such as this one, class members may literally be scattered around the world, and
instructors and students are not simultaneously logged in to the class. The class
discussions deserve your particular attention, as you'll have the time to contribute in a
thoughtful and reflective manner.

Your instructor will log in regularly to respond to conference entries and to grade
submitted assignments as well as to upload course materials. He or she will inform you of
the planned schedule for the semester and if any changes are necessary. Instructors are
not online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and need time to read and grade
assignments before returning them to you. Please be patient and any questions you might
ask will be answered and your work graded.

Online Etiquette and Conduct::

1. Be polite
2. Do not write anything you would be embarrassed to have printed in the newspaper.
Computer messages are not private.
3. Keep in mind that any message you write can and may be forwarded to others. Again,
be careful what you write.
4. Do not forward personal notes or messages to others or a group unless you are certain
the content is appropriate and you have asked the author. Do NOT forward chain letters
to anyone who is enrolled in a UMUC course.
5. Be aware of how your words may affect others. Since you have no body language
cues, you must be more careful.
6. When using quoted material or someone else's idea, include the citation just as you
would in a hard-copy version.
7. Reread your message before sending it; edit if necessary.

FINALLY: Please do not email me unless it is urgently important or very private.
All class-related questions should go in the class Q and A conference, or in the
Private Messages link in the Tycho classroom. These will open on the first day of
class. Class-related questions, when asked in class, serve many—not just you. Also,
questions asked in class (instead of email) offers me the best way to keep records of
your questions, my answers, your participation and concerns, etc. Please try to
avoid sending me emails.

   This syllabus is tentative and subject to change, if necessary. Changes will be
                     announced with as much notice as possible.

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