WRITING 122 Syllabus & Course Information - Fall 2010
English Composition (II) - 4 Credits - Instructor: Cora Agatucci
WR 122 - CRN # 40218
Tues. & Thurs. 10:15 - 11:55 am,
Library Rm. 1
Room changed to PIONEER Rm. 111
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Cora's Office Location: Grandview 106-B  (Bend campus)
Office Hours: See
Cora's current Schedule (& also by appointment):
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/schedule.htm 

Cora's Office Phone & Voicemail: (541) 383-7522
Humanities Dept. Office (Bend campus): Modoc 226 
Fax:
  (541) 330-4396 - Attention: Cora Agatucci
Cora Agatucci's COCC Home Page: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/ 


Welcome to 4-Credit Writing 122 - English Composition II  - Fall 2010

Brief Course Description from COCC 2010-11 Catalog: 
WR 122 - English Composition
Using critical reading, observation, or investigation to explore topics in depth, student learn to incorporate, accommodate or refute other voices, use evidence and persuasion and follow patterns of reasoning to support their positions. WR 121 is a recommended prerequisite for this course.  Credits: 4    Lecture: 4
> COCC 2010-11 Catalog Writing Course Descriptions: https://oraweb.cocc.edu/2011/WRT.htm

WR 122 Recommended Prerequisite:
Successful completion (with a grade of "C" or higher) of WR 121 or equivalent coursework. Recommended prerequisites are meant to ensure that entering WR 122 have the competencies needed to succeed in this course.  For more information on preparatory writing knowledge and skills, see:
 
      WR 122 Student Entry Survey - Week #1, Fall 2010
      
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr122/surveyentry.htm

Beginning Fall 2010, changes in AAOT degree requirements and in WR 121, WR 122, & WR 227 go into effect. Please read *IMPORTANT INFORMATION* FOR FALL 2010 WRITING STUDENTS:

REVISED AAOT Writing Requirements (effective Fall 2010) & FAQ's
including information on REVISED 4-Credit WR 121, 4-Credit WR 122, & 4-credit WR 227:
http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr122/REVAAOT_WR121_WR122.htm


Required Textbook for Cora Agatucci's Fall 2010 WR 122 section:

Crusius, Timothy W., and Carolyn E. Channell. The Aims of Argument: A
         Brief Guide.
6th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2009.
      
  ISBN-13: 978-0-07-340583-4
         [Textbook is available for purchase from COCC Bookstore: <http://bookstore.cocc.edu/>]

Other Requirements include the following:

--All COCC students are expected to:
  (1) Adhere to
COCC Student Rights and Responsibilities:
    http://studentlife.cocc.edu/Policies/Rights+and+Responsibilities/default.aspx
   
(Review Academic Honesty section & see also course Plagiarism Policy below.)
  (2) Attend class regularly and our scheduled COCC Final Exam: See
      
COCC's Academic Calendar & Final Exam Schedule for 2010-11
      
http://current.cocc.edu/Degrees_Classes/calendar/default.aspx

--Review WR 122 Course Grading, Assignments, & Late/Make-Up Policies and Plagiarism Policy below in this WR 122 Syllabus handout. More information on individual assignment requirements and deadlines will be provided in class and in our current/updated online WR 122 *Tentative* Course Plan.

--Basic computer competencies and regular use of students' COCC Electronic Mail account, of a computer with robust word processing software (e.g. recent version of Microsoft Word), and of internet browsers (including Mozilla Firefox when accessing our COCC Blackboard course). These course expectations apply - even if you don’t have regular/dependable home or work access to a personal computer with these capabilities- since all currently registered COCC students who have paid tuition fees:

  • . . . have a COCC Student E-Mail / Network Account and should check it regularly: http://computerlabs.cocc.edu/Student+Accounts/Student+Network+Account/default.aspx

  • . . . have access to COCC’s Bend campus computers equipped with robust word processing software and access to internet browsers, which are available for COCC student use during liberal open Computer Lab hours (e.g. BEND campus Pioneer Hall 200, COCC Library Rm. 118, Cascades Hall 102; and/or REDMOND Building 3, Rm. 324)

  • See also Syllabus ONLINE Attachment  COCC Computing Information & Online Resources for Students: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr122/ComputingInfoF10.htm

--Some online reading assignments and outside research will also be required.  WR 122 Research-based instruction & assignments will require use of COCC Barber Library online databases and catalogs, as well as other reliable informational sources.  WR 122 online reading assignments will require students to access and read documents available only in our COCC course web and/or in our COCC Blackboard (Bb) course.

--Students will be expected to access "View Grades" in our Blackboard course at regular intervals throughout the term to review their grade/score records and monitor their class standing to date, and to contact Cora ASAP if students have any questions or concerns about their Bb grade records to date.  
NOTE WELL:
  COCC Blackboard courses generally display & work best when accessed using Mozilla Firefox internet browser (Firefox 3.6 or later version)
--COCC Blackboard [Login/Home Page]: https://bb.cocc.edu/

--Final Drafts of formal graded writing assignments must be word processed and correctly formatted (see Manuscript Form below, as well as relevant assignment directions). In addition, translatable electronic copies (e.g. to be sent to Cora via COCC email for submission to Turnitin to generate originality reports) will be required for selected writing assignments. 
--Two or more readable paper copies of selected assignments
(e.g. preliminary drafts to be peer reviewed in class) will sometimes be required.


--Use of reliable writing aids--e.g. college-level handbook, dictionary/thesaurus--as needed when drafting, editing/proofreading, & revising writing assignments. 
Two recommended (free) online resources are:
  
Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab [home page]: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
   Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center online Handbook
  
[home page]: http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/index.html
 


WR 122 (4-Credit) Learning Outcomes, or What will you learn in WR 122?

Upon successful completion of WR 122 (with a grade of "C" or better), students will be able to:

Outcome 1. Analyze audiences and writing situations.

Assessment:  Students' work demonstrates understanding of the context in which writing is taking place: the needs, values, and expectations of different audiences; conventions of persuasive writing and means of persuasion; and cultural considerations.

Outcome 2. Demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for controversy, debate, and diverse opinions, values, and viewpoints.

Assessment: Students analyze and report their analytical findings on written texts and other materials that engage controvertible topics, incorporating diverse viewpoints in written arguments on debatable issues.

Outcome 3. Identify and use sources appropriately, including evaluating information for accuracy and reliability.

Assessment: Students' work demonstrates proficiency in critically reading, analyzing, and evaluating sources in order to responsibly incorporate facts, opinions, judgments, and data from research.

Outcome 4. Demonstrate a command of the basic rhetorical moments in argumentative discourse.

Assessment: Students are able to identify, explain and evaluate basic structural components of written arguments such as claims, support and evidence, rebuttal and refutation, and final appeal (peroration). Students also know and can deploy such basic rhetorical strategies as appeals to ethos, logos, and pathos and can effectively distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate modes of argument and persuasion.

Outcome 5. Demonstrate a command of basic principles of cogent, logical reasoning and argumentation.

Assessment: Students are familiar with basic principles such as non-contradiction and logical inclusion/exclusion, as well as common fallacies of generalization and irrelevancy and can evaluate and edit these in their own writing and the writing of others.

Outcome 6. Write ethically and responsibly.

Assessment:  Students demonstrate ethical considerations in their writing; act responsibly by using information technologies ethically, incorporating and crediting sources appropriately and without plagiarism, and by consciously avoiding inaccurate or misleading information.

*Embedded Information Literacy Proficiency 5 -  Students will be able to:
--Proficiency 5. “Ethically and legally use information and information technologies.”

Outcome 7. Manage a substantial research writing project.

Assessment:  Students create research strategies that focus investigation and analysis on a discrete, manageable topic in a field of appropriately sophisticated inquiry; find information by using academic research methodologies, tools, and materials; develop an effective system of note-taking and drafting that avoids plagiarism and fairly represents sources; demonstrate such integral tasks as research proposal, preliminary bibliography, and outline; and develop competence in one system of documentation

*Embedded Information Literacy Proficiencies 2, 4, & 7: Students will be able to:
--Proficiency 2. “Find information efficiently and effectively, using appropriate research tools and search strategies”
--Proficiency 4. “Treat research as a multi-stage, recursive learning process”
--Proficiency 7. “Manipulate and manage information, using appropriate tools and technologies.” 

Outcome 8. Work collaboratively.

Assessment:  Students build responsible teamwork skills in peer editing and other group tasks germaine to argumentative writing; they provide peers with suggestions for revising and editing.

Rev. June, 2010 & Approved by 2009-10 Humanities Dept. Composition Committee


REVISED WR 122 *Planned* Course Assignments,
Grading, Late/Make-Up Policies
Every WR 122 assignment is designed to help students build skills and demonstrate
one or more competencies needed to achieve WR 122 Learning Outcomes (stated above).
For deadlines, see current/updated online WR 122 *Tentative* Course Plan

Unit 1:
 80 pts.

 

Unit 1: Course Introduction & Formal Academic Summary
  10 pts = WR 122 Student Entry Survey -Week #1, Fall 2010
  10 pts = Preliminary Draft of Formal Academic Summary (two readable paper copies required)
  10 pts = Writer's Workshop #1 in-class participation and completion of two written Peer Reviews & Follow-Up Author's Comments

Late/Make-Up Policy: Late point penalty will be subtracted from skill-building preparatory/process assignments/activities completed/submitted late.  NOTE: Make-up of missed in-class Workshops/written Peer Reviews will be allowed only if the participation of at least two other students in our class can be arranged: see Cora to discuss. 
  50 pts = Final Draft of Formal Academic Summary (one word-processed correctly formatted & double-spaced paper copy required)
                    *If Final Draft is submitted on time, Revision Option will be allowed.
Late Policy: If Final Draft is submitted late, a Late penalty will be subtracted and NO revision option will be allowed.
Unit 2:

160 pts.
Unit 2: Argument Analysis and Evaluation
  20 10 pts = Argument Analysis-Evaluation Exercise #1
  20 10 pts = UNIT 2 Take-Home Quiz (on Chs. 1, 2, 3, & 9)
 
10 pts = Argument Analysis Exercise #2 (Prep for Analysis-Evaluation Essay)
 
10 pts = In-Text Citation & Works Cited Documentation Exercise #1
  10 pts = Preliminary Draft of Analysis-Evaluation Essay (two readable paper copies required)
  10 pts = Writer's Workshop #2 in-class participation and completion of two written Peer Reviews & Follow-Up Author's Comments

Late/Make-Up Policy: Late point penalty will be subtracted from skill-building preparatory/process assignments/activities completed/submitted late.  NOTE: Make-up of missed in-class Workshops/written Peer Reviews will be allowed only if the participation of at least two other students in our class can be arranged: see Cora to discuss. 
 100 pts = Final Draft of Analysis-Evaluation Essay (one word-processed correctly formatted & double-spaced paper copy required, including Works Cited)
                    *If Final Draft is submitted on time, Revision Option will be allowed.
Late Policy: If Final Draft is submitted late, a Late penalty will be subtracted and NO revision option will be allowed.
Unit 3:
 30 pts.
Unit 3: Research Skills & Avoiding Plagiarism
  20 pts = Library Databases & WWWeb Research-Evaluation Exercise
 
10 pts = Practice Plagiarism Quiz (Take-Home)
 
Late/Make-Up Policy: Late point penalty will be subtracted from skill-building preparatory/process assignments/activities completed/submitted late. 
Unit 4:
 
100 pts.
Unit 4: Research Project & Research-Based Argument Essay
  10 pts = Workshop #3 (informal in-class on prel. drafts of SSI & TPAB)
 

   5 pts = Preliminary Draft of Search Strategies Inventory
  10 pts = Preliminary Draft of Topic Proposal & Annotated Bibliography
 
  25 pts = Final Draft of Search Strategies Inventory
  50 pts = Final Draft of Topic Proposal & Annotated Bibliography


Unit 4:
 
210 pts.
     10 pts = (Small Group) Works Cited & In-Text Citation Exercise (using students' Essay #2 sources)
     10 pts = Essay #2 Informal Outline/Preliminary Draft & Works Cited
(two readable paper copies of each required)
     10 pts = Writer’s Workshop #4
 in-class participation and completion of two written Peer Reviews & Follow-Up Author's Comments
Late/Make-Up Policy: Late point penalty will be subtracted from skill-building assignments/activities completed  & submitted late.  NOTE: Make-up of missed in-class Workshops/written & informal Peer Reviews will be allowed only if the participation of at least three enrolled students can be arranged: see Cora to discuss.

Final Drafts of Essay #2
:
    *20 pts = Electronic version of Final Draft of Essay #2 including Works Cited emailed to Cora <cagatucci@cocc.edu> for submission to Turnitin to generate Originality Report & check for  “verbatim” plagiarism. *NOTE WELL: Paper copy will NOT be graded until AFTER Electronic Version has been submitted & Turnitin Originality Report has been checked for verbatim plagiarism.

  *150 pts = Paper version (word-processed correctly formatted & double-spaced) of Final Draft of Essay #2 including Works Cited
                    *If Final Draft is submitted on time, Revision Option will be allowed.
Late Policy: If Final Draft is submitted late, a Late penalty will be subtracted and NO revision option will be allowed.

   10 pts = WR 122 Student Exit Survey & Course Reflections
580 pts. Total Points Possible based on REVISED *Planned* Assignments above.
--Cora uses COCC Blackboard (Bb) Grade Center to record students' scores/grades on individual assignments and calculate overall course grades to date.

 

Course Percentage-to-Grade Conversion Scale
PLEASE check your “View Grades” in Blackboard regularly!

Percentage
(total points earned  total points possible)

= Course Grade
per COCC grading policy*

100 % 93.0%

A

92.9% – 90.0%

 A-

89.9% – 87.0%

  B+

86.9% -  83.0%

B

82.9% -  80.0%

 B-

79.9% – 77.0%

  C+

76.9%  - 70.0%

C

69.9% – 60.0%

D

59.9% – 00.0%

F

*COCC does NOT allow instructors to award final course grades
of A+, C-, D+, D-, F+ or F-

Note Percentage cut-offs well: Because Cora allows
revisions & late/make-up work, Cora does not “round up”!


Plagiarism Policy
See also COCC Student Rights and Responsibilities on Academic Honesty:
http://studentlife.cocc.edu/Policies/Rights+and+Responsibilities/default.aspx

Plagiarism Policy:  Plagiarism—intended or not—is a serious violation of academic honesty and legal intellectual property rights. Proper citations and documentation of any sources that you quote, paraphrase, and/or summarize in your writing are required whenever you borrow the words, facts, and/or ideas of others.  NOTE WELL that even putting others’ ideas into your own words still means you are borrowing, and you need to give credit where credit is due.

To avoid plagiarism, source(s) must be cited and documented, both:

(a) at the point in your papers where the borrowing occurs (i.e. In-Text Citation of summary, paraphrase, quotation from source/s),
AND
(b) in complete bibliographical entries for all sources cited (i.e. Works Cited for MLA style), listed at the end* of research-based essays and research papers.

    --NOTE: Placement of complete, correctly formatted bibliographical entries differs for sources summarized/evaluated in Formal Academic Summaries and Annotated Bibliographies, as will be further explained/modeled in class.

Plagiarism in any WR 122 formal writing assignment is grounds for an "F" on that assignment.
--NOTE:
Selected
research-based writing assignments must be submitted in both paper (hard) copy and translatable electronic form, or they will NOT be accepted for grading.  Electronic versions will be submitted to Turnitin to generate originality reports and test for verbatim plagiarism.  See also WR 122 Course Grading, Assignments, & Late/Make-Up Policies above.

BUT DO NOT PANIC!  Instruction in avoiding plagiarism and citing sources using MLA style in written assignments using sources will be provided in class and/or in individual assignment directions.  See also our current/updated online WR 122 *Tentative* Course Plan. .

Manuscript Form

Final Drafts (and allowed Revisions) of formal letter-graded writing assignments must:

  • be word processed using a standard, readable font & point size
    (e.g.
    Times New Roman 12 point, Arial 10 point or Arial 11 point,
    Calibri 10 point
    or Calibri 11 point,
      Courier New 10 point);

  • be double spaced throughout;

  • be printed on only one side of standard-sized (8 1/2" X 11") white paper;

  • have one-inch margins on all four sides of each printed page;

  • avoid plagiarism & cite sources (see above);

  • be carefully edited before submission for grading

  • be completely & properly identified with MLA-style Heading and Running-Page Headers
    (see below for directions/examples).

All formal and informal assignments submitted for scoring/grading should be completely identified to ensure students are given credit for submitted coursework and to aid Cora in maintaining accurate grade records. Unless otherwise directed, students should label submitted assignments with MLA-style headings and running page headers.

MLA-style HEADING should be placed on the first page in the upper left-hand corner of assignments (please do not prepare a separate title page) - Example:

Juanita Mikulski (your name)
Writing 122, Prof. C. Agatucci
(identify course & instructor)
Formal Academic Summary - Final Draft
(identify assignment)
14 January 2010
(identify date assignment is due)

MLA-style RUNNING PAGE HEADER/S should be placed on subsequent page/s
of assignments containing two or more pages in the upper right-hand corner  - Example:

Mikulski  2
(your last name and the page number)


COCC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.
COCC Home>Student Life>Policies>Committees>Diversity Committee> Diversity Procedures
http://studentlife.cocc.edu/Policies/Committees/Diversity+Committee/Diversity+Procedures/default.aspx


COCC Students with Special Needs

"COCC strives to make available to all students the opportunity for an excellent and rewarding education," and in accordance with federal guidelines, "COCC is committed to making physical facilities and instructional programs accessible to all students.  Awareness of students' needs and goals helps to create an atmosphere in which learning and growth can occur."
--Source: Services for Students with Disabilities: http://disability.cocc.edu/

Students with special needs who  . . .

  • have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations,
  • have any emergency medical information that the instructor should know of,
    AND/OR
  • require special arrangements in the event of an evacuation,

. . . should share these special needs as early as possible with the instructor of the course AND with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities: 

Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD):
Boyle Education Center (BEC), 2600 NW College Way, Bend OR 97701 
Telephone/Voicemail: 541-383-7583
--Anne Walker, SSD Coordinator, can be reached
 at 541-383-7743 or by email: awalker@cocc.edu
--Nichole Martinez-Daniel, SSD Office Specialist,
can be reached at 541-383-7583 or by email: nmartinezdaniel@cocc.edu
--Dave Hagenbach, Sign Language Interpreter/Coordinator,
can be reached at 541-383-7737 or by email: dhagenbach@cocc.edu

--Oregon Relay Service: 800-735-1232, or simply dial 7-1-1

SDD [Services for Students with Disabilities] Online Resources:
--COCC Home > Disability Services >
Services for Students with Disabilities:
http://disability.cocc.edu/

--COCC Home > Disability Services > Guide for Students with Disabilities:
http://disability.cocc.edu/Guide/default.aspx
--COCC Home > Disability Services > [Bend] campus maps and disabled parking areas:  
 http://web.cocc.edu/admit/new/publ/bendcampusparking.pdf


See also COCC Computing Information & Online Resources for Students - Fall 2010
Syllabus - Online Attachment
- Instructor: Cora Agatucci
URL: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr122/ComputingInfoF10.htm

I look forward to working with and learning from you all this term!
 ~ Cora


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Humanities Department, Central Oregon Community College
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