to the schedule of readings and assignments
course prerequisites: approval of department
required textbooks: Behrens & Rosen, Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum, sixth edn. (Longman). Be sure to bring this book to class every day, and be sure as well to bring some notebook paper and something to write with--a pen or pencil.
syllabus: This syllabus will be updated as the semester goes on. I will hand out updated versions that indicate readings and discussion plans. However, every writing assignment and every component of your grade is here at the beginning. Please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/1301s99/
course description: This is an introductory course in English composition at the college level, stressing academic reading and writing.
course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will have shown that they can write basic summaries of academic writing, can write focused critiques of such writing, and can explore and understand issues presented in college-level reading material. The course is further meant to introduce college students to habits of "thinking on paper," of exploring intellectual issues in their own prose.
attendance is completely optional. I will not schedule out-of-class sessions to tutor students who miss class, however. You will be pretty well lost if you don't come to class. If something prevents you from coming to class and keeping up, you've simply had your semester affected negatively by bad things--or by good personal commitments that you've chosen to place ahead of coursework.
drop policy: drop before final drop date (Fri 16 April) guarantees W for the course; drop after that is against university rules. UTA instructors may not drop students for any reason.
assignments: seven short papers; grading system and due dates are indicated below. Late papers will receive only half of the credit they would normally have earned, so it is very important for you to turn in papers on (or before) the assigned due dates.
grading: Grading is on a point system. Here are the point values for each assigned paper:
That makes a total of 200 possible points for the semester. Your final grade is determined on the following scale:
there are two types of failing grade in 1301. If you make 139 points or lower by missing papers or completely missing the point of assignments and generally putting no work into the course, you will earn an F for the course; if you make 139 points or lower but turn in all assignments and make a strong effort to keep up with the course, you will earn a grade of Z (see 1997-99 Catalog, pages 38-39).
I consider this next point important enough to make here, on the syllabus: I think that a B is a good grade for an undergraduate course, and that a C grade is quite acceptable. The grade of A should indicate excellence rather than mere completion of the course.
academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]
disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112--The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.
schedule of assignments and readings
(note: all page numbers refer to Behrens & Rosen, Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum)
Wed 20 Jan: syllabus, procedures
Fri 22 Jan: We will meet today to do some initial assignments and work out a conference schedule. For the rest of the semester (29 Jan through 23 April) Fridays will be conference days. On Fridays I will meet with students individually for 10-12 minutes at a time, to go over assignments, identify things that need work, and generally talk about the process of college writing. There will be no conferences on Friday 9 April.
Mon 25 Jan: work on summaries (read Bernstein, 7-10)
Wed 27 Jan: work on summaries (read Porter, 20-21)
Mon 1 Feb: Summary One due (20 points). Write a one-page summary of the article by Starr and Taggart (566-573).
Wed 3 Feb: work on summaries (read Brownlee et al., 574-583)
Mon 8 Feb: work on summaries (read Gutin, 611-620)
Wed 10 Feb: work on summaries (read Neufeld & Colman, 622-635; read Tucker, 637-645)
Mon 15 Feb: Summary Two due (20 points). Write a one-page summary of the article by Watson (589-596).
Wed 17 Feb: we'll start on description. Read the handout by Parker (from Mortal Stakes), which will be a model for the Description paper due 3/1.
Mon 22 Feb: read Zimbardo, 385-397
Wed 24 Feb: read Whalen, 430-440
Mon 1 March: Description due (20 points). Write a 4-page description of your kitchen. If you don't currently have a kitchen, describe the one you know best: your parents', or sibling's, or friend's. Use the passage from Parker (2/17, handout) as a model. Try to describe the kitchen accurately to all the senses, so that we feel we're there; but try also to use the details of the description to tell the reader about the people who live there, without describing those people directly (i.e., describe an empty kitchen).
Wed 3 March: we'll start on narrative with two Cinderellas: read Perrault, 487-491; read Grimm, 491-496
Mon 8 March: two anti-Cinderellas: read Lee (496-508) and Sexton (518-521)
Wed 10 March: some cross-cultural Cinderellas: read Tuan (508-510), Skinner (trans.), 510-513, and Oochigeaskw (514-516)
Spring Break 15-19 March
Mon 22 March: Narrative due (20 points). Write a new "Cinderella." Illustrate some point--political, moral, satirical, intellectual, or other--in your narrative. Provide some contrast to the "Cinderellas" you've read.
Wed 24 March: we'll start on critique by way of the "Wal-Mart" section of the text. read Ortega, 203-207
Mon 29 March: read Stone (209-216) and Anderson (216-222)
Wed 31 March: read Norman (207-209), Johnston (222-225), and Moore (225-231)
Mon 5 Apr: Critique 1 due (40 points). Write a critique of Trudeau (231-234). This critique should be informed by your other readings on Wal-Mart.
Wed 7 Apr: the last unit of the course, leading to Critique #2 (4/19), is on computers in the workplace. Start today by reading Glastonbury and Lamendola (423-430)
Mon 12 Apr: read Westin (454-461)
Wed 14 Apr: read Detienne (461-467)
Fri 16 Apr: last date to drop
Mon 19 Apr: Critique 2 due (40 points). Write a critique of Branscomb (449-454)
Wed 21 Apr: meet today to set up the Literature Review assignment due 4/30. This assignment will require you to summarize and critique seven sources on one of the issues we've studied this semester: bilingual education, biotechnology, Cinderella, Wal-Mart, computers in the workplace. Two of your seven sources may be from the Behrens and Rosen textbook. Five must be outside sources you've identified and read during independent research. Your work is intended to give a background view of a topic from several different perspectives. Include complete documentation of all quotations, and a Works Cited list at the end of your Literature Review (see Behrens and Rosen, 182-199; you must use the MLA style presented here).
Mon 26 Apr and Wed 28 Apr are free to work on the Literature Review. I'll hold office hours during class time to help anyone who needs help.
Fri 30 Apr: Literature Review due (40 points); course evaluations. We will meet as a class this Friday. No work will be accepted after this date.