WR 123 is being revised for Fall 2009

WRITING 123 Syllabus for Spring 2009
WR 123 English Composition (Academic Research Writing) - 3 credits
 CRN # 20199 -
Mon. & Wed. 10:15 - 11:30 a.m., Des Chutes Rm.
007 009
Cora Agatucci

COCC AY 2008-09 Final Exam Schedule:

How to Contact Cora:
Office Location: Modoc 224 (Bend campus)
Office Hours: See
Cora's current
Schedule; also by appointment
Cora's current schedule: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/schedule.htm 
Office Phone & Voicemail: (541) 383-7522
Mailbox (Humanities Dept. Office, Bend campus): Modoc 226 
Electronic mail:
  (541) 330-4396 - Attention: Cora Agatucci
Cora's Home Page: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/ 
WR 123 Course Home Page: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr123/index.html

Webtip: This and other course webpages will be updated  (e,g. to activate links) & revised as needed throughout the term,
so when you revisit this course web, please "Reload" or "Refresh" to ensure that you are viewing the latest version in your internet browser.

WR 123 Recommended Prerequisites: or, Are you ready for WR 123?

Students are best prepared to succeed in WR 123 who have already . . .

(1) Successfully completed Writing 122 (grade of "C" or better); and
(2) Successfully completed Library 127
(grade of "C" or better); and
(3) Acquired basic computer competencies
(e.g. in using word processing software, e-mail and internet browser).

Learn more about the above recommended prerequisites - and whether you already have key skills and knowledge needed to succeed in WR 123 - by reviewing Week #1 WR 123 Student Survey (paper & online handout). This survey includes an inventory of key skills and knowledge that entering WR 123 students should have acquired in WR 122 and LIB 127, and basic computer competencies (roughly equivalent to skills and knowledge covered in the Computer Competency Exam).

Spring 2009 WR 123 Required Textbook:

Palmquist, Mike. The Bedford Researcher (Spiral Bound).  3rd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009.  [Available for purchase from COCC Bookstore]
ISBN-10: 0-312-47562-4 (spiral) paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-47562-8 (spiral) paperback

Other Requirements:

Resources / capability to provide translatable electronic copies of all formal graded writing assignments, as well as multiple paper copies of selected writing assignments as required.

Electronic Mail account and dependable access to internet browser and computer with robust word processing software [e.g. recent version of Microsoft Word] - all of which are available free to currently registered COCC students with a COCC Student E-Mail / Network Account:
 If you don’t have dependable home or work access to a personal computer with these capabilities, you can use COCC’s Bend campus computers during open Computer Lab hours in Pioneer Hall 200, COCC Library Rm. 118, and/or Cascades Hall 101.  Learn More from "COCC Online Computing Information for Students" at the end of this handout!

WR 123 Course Description & Learning Objectives:
or, What will you learn in WR 123?

COCC 2009-2010 Catalog Course Description: WR 123 - English Composition III
Stresses skills necessary to produce college research papers. Students learn to focus a topic; to practice critical reading; to evaluate sources and incorporate them into their writing; and to formally organize, format and document their final revisions.  Recommended Prerequisites:  WR 122, LIB 127. 
3    Lecture: 3

The third course in the English Composition sequence, WR 123 builds on knowledge and skills gained in Writing 121 and 122, applied to developing effective college-level research strategies and writing successful research-based academic papers.  Writing 123 prepares students for future academic and professional assignments requiring competent informational research strategies, critical thinking, research-based writing and citation skills. WR 123 course objectives are expressed more specifically in the following WR 123 Learning Outcomes.  Students who successfully complete WR 123, will be able to:

Learning Outcome 1  Create a search strategy  . . .

(a) that proposes a manageable research topic based on exploratory thinking and investigation;
(b) that establishes a clear direction and focus for the project;
(c) that employs a variety of resources available through the library (such as books, periodicals, government documents, on-line databases including EBSCOHost), through inter-library loan, through the Internet, and/or through student-directed empirical research (such as surveys, interviews, and questionnaires); and
(d) that results in a thesis that the student develops and tests through the course of the research process.

Learning Outcome 2  Demonstrate proficiency at critically reading, analyzing and evaluating both primary and secondary sources in order to interpret and responsibly manage facts, statistics, inferences, expert opinions, lay opinions, value judgments, and empirical data. 

Learning Outcome 3   Develop a research system that avoids plagiarism and fairly represents sources by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing with appropriate documentation.

Learning Outcome 4  Demonstrate proficiency in such integral research writing tasks as the summary, abstract, proposal, annotated bibliography, critical review of research, and formal outline.

Learning Outcome 5  Revise and edit the research paper to meet college-level writing standards and to satisfy the student's rhetorical purpose and audience.

Learning Outcome 6  Develop awareness of differing citation and bibliographic systems from various academic disciplines and develop competence in one system most appropriate for a specific research-based academic paper.

Learning Outcome 7 Plan and manage the process of writing to incorporate the special concerns of research writing, including:

(a) converting notes, summaries and quotations into a text unified and organized by effective transitions and restatement;
(b) negotiating among the divergent voices of the sources while clearly conveying the student's own persona and tone;
(c) integrating a variety of documentary sources with the student's own thinking;
(d) effectively employing the recursive stages of drafting, revising, and editing; and
(e) maintaining a consistent work schedule that ensures the final draft is delivered on time.

Learning Outcome 8  Use writing to provide peers with alternative viewpoints and suggestions for revising and editing research writing.

Learning Outcome 9  Analyze and evaluate one's own research writing, identifying strengths and weaknesses in the research process and product--and suggest some means of improving his or her practice of gathering, synthesizing, organizing, and presenting information.

WR 123 Learning Outcomes approved by Humanities Dept. Composition Committee, rev. 4-14-99

WR 123 Course GRADING & Late Policies
All course Assignments & Activities are designed to help students meet WR 123 Course Learning Outcomes.

5 % SELF-ASSESSMENT SURVEYS (WR 123 Week #1 Survey, including Signed Statement of Understanding; & WR 123 End-of-term Self-Assessment)
30 %


--Prep. assignments
(e.g. Progress Report, Preliminary Drafts, Workshops)
--Final Draft is a Formal Graded Assignment that must be word-processed and submitted in both paper (hard) copy and translatable electronic form, or it will NOT be accepted for grading. 
Electronic version will be submitted to Turnitin to test for plagiarism: See also Plagiarism Policy

LATE Research Proposals will be penalized at least 1/2 letter grade.
Research Proposals must follow handout directions and meet all minimum requirements to be "Approved" and earn a passing grade of "C" or higher. REQUIRED REVISION: Revision will be required IF Research Proposal is returned "NOT APPROVED" because it does NOT meet minimum requirements. 
Students whose Research Proposals are submitted on time and returned "Approved" with a grade of "C" or higher, may elect to submit an optional revision to try to improve their grade on this assignment.
REQUIRED & OPTIONAL REVISIONS must be submitted with the original evaluated Research Proposal & Cora's Evaluation Sheet attached or they will not be accepted for re-grading consideration.
25 %


RESEARCH PROCESS Competencies will be assessed through evaluation of the following assignments, including in-class workshops & preliminary drafts as assigned:
1. Search Strategy Inventory
2. Annotated Working Bibliography
3. In-Text Citation "Test"
4. Small Group Conference: Research Notes & Notetaking "System" and Evaluations of 2 or 3 "Best" Sources, preliminary CRP Outline
Late Research Process assignments may be accepted with the instructor's permission, but will be penalized at least 1/2 letter grade.
40 % CRITICAL RESEARCH PAPER (research-based essay with a thesis)
--Detailed Outline/Plan
(incorporating source citations), Preliminary Drafts, bibliography of all sources cited (i.e. References or Works Cited list following approved documentation style); & Workshops.
--Final Draft is a Formal Graded Assignment that must be word-processed and submitted in both paper (hard) copy and translatable electronic form, or it will NOT be accepted for grading. 
Electronic version will be submitted to Turnitin to test for plagiarism. See also Plagiarism Policy.
I believe that all course policies (like this one) should be applied fairly and equitably to all students, so I will not grant exceptions without compelling reason. But neither do I wish to be unreasonable or inhumane in the face of unforeseen and compelling circumstances beyond your control, so please do see me as soon as possible if you confront problems meeting the deadline for Final Draft of the Critical Research Paper - which is our WR 123 Final.
  1. you have already completed at least 75% of WR 123 coursework with a grade of "C"  or higher;  AND
  2. you can present Cora with compelling reason/s, supported by persuasive documentation, no later than Week #10 of the term; AND
  3. you complete an "Incomplete Contract" form with Cora BEFORE grades are due at the end of the term.

ALSO NOTE WELL: Current COCC policy gives students only one term to submit work and remove the Incomplete, at which point Cora must submit a letter grade for you.

Plagiarism Policy

Final Drafts of formal graded writing assignments
(i.e. Research Proposal and Critical Research Paper)
must be submitted to Cora not only in paper (hard) copy
but also in electronic form (via email to Cora)
or they will not be accepted for grading.
Electronic versions of formal graded writing assignments will be
submitted to Turnitin to generate Turnitin Originality Reports
and test for plagiarism.

Plagiarism—intended or unintended—is serious violation of academic honesty and legal intellectual property rights.

bulletPlagiarism on any course assignment may result in a grade of "F" / O points on the assignment. 
bulletRepeated plagiarism in course assignments may result in a grade of "F" in the course and a notation in your permanent academic record. 

Proper citation and documentation of any and all sources that you quote, paraphrase, and/or summarize in your writing are required whenever you borrow the words, facts, opinions, and/or ideas of others.  Note well that not just quoting word-for-word but also putting others’ ideas into your own words (i.e. paraphrasing and summarizing) constitutes borrowing, and you must give credit where credit is due.   To avoid plagiarism, source(s) must be cited and documented both (a) IN-TEXT at the point in your papers where the borrowing occurs (using parenthetical citations for most documentation styles), and (b) AT THE END of your papers in a list giving full bibliographical documentation of all sources cited within your papers.   But don't panic!  Rest assured that WR 123 textbook readings, in-class instruction, and preparatory skill-building assignments, will be devoted to avoiding plagiarism and using an accepted academic style (such as APA or MLA) to cite and document sources. 

COCC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

COCC Students with Special Needs

"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."
--Services for Students with Disabilities: http://disability.cocc.edu/

Students with special needs who  . . .

bullethave documented disabilities requiring special accommodations,
bullethave any emergency medical information that the instructor should know of,
bulletrequire special arrangements in the event of an evacuation,

. . . should share these special needs as early as possible in first week/s of the term, with the instructor of the course (see contact information above) AND with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities: 

Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD):
Boyle Education Center, 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
--Joyce Vincik, SSD Office Specialist,
can be reached at 541-383-7583 or by email:
--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, TTY users: 800-735-2900.  Or simply dial 7-1-1

SDD Online Resources:
Services for Students with Disabilities: http://disability.cocc.edu/
--Guide for Students with Disabilities: http://disability.cocc.edu/Guide/default.aspx
--COCC campus maps and disabled parking areas:  

COCC Online Computing Information for Students
COCC Computing [Home]: http://computerlabs.cocc.edu/default.aspx
COCC Computing > General Information: http://computerlabs.cocc.edu/General+Info/default.aspx

COCC Computing > Student Accounts
COCC Computing >Student Accounts > Student Computer Network Account [FAQ's]
COCC Computing > Student Accounts >
Student Network & Email Account Tips
COCC Computing >
[Computer] Lab Facilities
Computing > [Drop-In] Computer Lab Hours:
COCC Computing > General Information >
Computer Lab Coordinator
COCC Technology Services >
Students: Common Questions 
Computer Security & Viruses: http://virus.cocc.edu/
COCC Computing >
Ask COCC for Help
Barber Library > Library Services

Barber Library>Library Services>Redmond and off-Campus services for COCC patrons
COCC Directory >

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

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