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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EN 110-18"
COURSE NAME: "Advanced Composition"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Andrew Rutt
EMAIL: [email protected] cabot.edu
HOURS: MW 3:00-4:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement via JCU English Composition Placement Exam or completion of either EN 103 or EN 105 with a grade of C or above
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course reinforces the skills needed to write well-organized essays, focusing specifically on argumentative essays. Elements covered include thesis development, critical reading, organizing and outlining, paraphrasing and summarizing, and citation and documentation standards. Techniques of academic research and the use of the library and other research facilities are discussed. In addition to regular in- and out-of-class reading and writing assignments, students are required to write a fully documented research paper. Students must receive a grade of C or above in this course to fulfill the University’s English Composition requirement and to be eligible to take courses in English literature. Individual students in EN 110 may be required to complete additional hours in the English Writing Center as part of their course requirements.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
The course examines a range of fundamental writing strategies, starting with grammar, critical reading of sources, summarizing, paraphrasing and proper quoting; it continues with the writing of a topic proposal, selection and citation of sources, literature review, and thesis development. Research and use of library resources will also be covered. Students will be required to submit assignments through TurnitinUK.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Students will learn to write a well-organized and error-free argumentative research paper. By the end of the course students will be able to:

Grammar
            Write sophisticated as well as grammatically and idiomatically correct English prose

Reading
             Read to comprehend increasingly complex material

             Read and think critically

Vocabulary
              Expand vocabulary through reading and writing
              Develop subject specific terminology through reading and writing

Rhetoric
             Write well-organized essays, focusing specifically on argumentative essays

             Write a strong and developed thesis statement with supporting arguments

             Think, read, write critically for an academic audience

              Write a developed outline

              Paraphrase and summarize
            
Cite and write using documentation
             Write a fully documented research paper

Research and sourcing (can be covered by a librarian in one or more workshops in the library)
               
Be familiar with research and information literacy skills including                      
                        - A reinforcement of searching skills: catalog, database, and web sourcing
                         - Source evaluation

                         - Subject searching

                         - Use MLA style for all aspects of a research paper

                         - Understand how to avoid plagiarism

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Exploratory Essay. 10%
Summary of Exploratory Essay. 5%
Classic Argument Essay. 10%
Summary of Classic Argument Essay. 5%
Mid-term: Rogerian Argument. 15%
Fuller Prize Entry and Presentation project. 15%
Annotated Bibliography. 10%
Final Essay (First draft) Compulsory Reviewed, but ungraded
Final Essay (Final draft) and defence 15%
Additional at home/class activities. Plus, active participation and attendance 15%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included. In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Students are required to attend all scheduled class meetings. Students are allowed 4 absences during the term (excused or unexcused). Each additional absence beyond the four allowed will result in the reduction in the final grade for the course by 5%. Students arriving to class after attendance has been taken will be counted as late. Two late arrivals will count as an absence. Please refer to the JCU catalog for the attendance and absence policies. Please note that there is homework in nearly every class so if you are absent it is your responsibility to call a classmate for the assignment.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Note: This schedule is subject to change based on the progress of the class. Students will be informed in class regarding changes. Each student who is absent must contact classmates regarding assignments due and scheduling.



SCHEDULE


Lesson 

Topic

Activity

Homework

1

Introduction

Course requirements. (syllabus, books)

TBA

2

Identifying  a topic, organisation and goal setting                  - writing research papers (WRP)      chap 2, 3)

Sample reading activities

At home response to reading

Evaluating sources WRP 8

Worksheet activities

Write a 500 word proposal Submit reviewed proposal

4   

Gathering Sources outside the library - WRP 4       

Peer review of proposal     

Revision of Proposal        

5  

Gathering Sources inside the library

Library Visit



6

Writing Effective Notes and Creating Outlines

WRP Ch. 9                       

In-class response to reading 1

Reading activity 

Conducting Resarch MLA Handbook 1.4

Annotated Bibliography

 

8

Looking at Paradigms WRP

Worksheet activities

9

The outline WRP 9

Write a basic outline

Write a formal detailed outline

10 

Effective notetaking WRP 9

Revision of formal outline

 

11 

Academic Writing WRP 10

 

12 

Blending MLA style WRP 11+14


Study for MLA style Test

13 

Understanding and avoiding plagiarism WRP 7

MLA style test


14 

The writing process WRP 12

Worksheet activities

15

The writing process WRP 12

Worksheet activities

16 

TBA

Write Draft - 2000 words

17 

Editing and revisions

Revision of Draft

Write final paper

18 

Editing and revisions


 

19 

Editing and revisions

 

20

Wrap up

Final Class - Collect final papers - late papers are not accepted