123 Syllabus & Course Information -
English Composition III (Research Writing)
CRN # 21137 - 3 credits - Instructor: Cora Agatucci
Mon & Wed 12:45 - 2:00 pm, Jefferson Rm 101
URL of this web page: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr123/syllabuswr123.htm
How to Contact
Required Textbook for Spring 2010 WR 123 - CRN # 21137:
Mike. The Bedford Researcher (Spiral Bound). 3rd ed.
Academic Calendar & Final Exam Schedule for 2009-10:
Adhere to COCC Student
Rights and Responsibilities
--Resources / capability to provide translatable electronic copies of 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:
WR 123 Recommended Prerequisites: or, Are you ready for WR 123?
Students are best prepared to succeed in WR 123 who have already . . .
Learn more about the above recommended preparation - and whether you already have key skills and knowledge needed to succeed in WR 123 - by reviewing WR 123 Student Survey - Week #1 (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).
WR 123 Course Description & Learning
COCC 2009-2010 Catalog Course Description: WR 123 - English Composition
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 . . .
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:
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
Unit Assignments, Grading & Late Policies
≈ 27.3 %
UNIT 1: Course Introduction & Research Proposal (Weeks #1-4)
10 pts = WR 123 Student Survey Week #1 - Spring 2010
PREP. for RESEARCH PROPOSAL:
10 pts = Week #2 Written Progress Report
5 pts = In-Class Workshop #1 on Wk #2 Written Progress Report
10 pts = Preliminary Draft of Research Proposal
5 pts = In-Class Workshop #2 on Preliminary Drafts
Late/Make-Up Policy: Late submission/completion of scored Unit 1 assignments will be penalized points, and Late Make-Up of missed in-class scored Unit 1 Workshops may NOT be possible: please see instructor to discuss.
10 pts = Research Proposal - Electronic Version
to be submitted to Turnitin to generate Turnitin Originality Report for plagiarism check.
100 pts = Research Proposal - Print Version, correctly formatted
NOTE: Print version of Research Proposal will NOT be graded UNTIL after Electronic Version has
been submitted & Turnitin Originality Report generated for instructor's review.
--Late Policy: Research Proposal Electronic and/or Print Versions submitted LATE will be penalized in three ways: (1) Late penalty points will be subtracted, and (2) Cora will NOT provide instructor feedback with assignment grading decision, and (3) Revision Option will NOT be allowed.
--Revision Option: Students who submit both Electronic and Print Versions of Research Proposals on time may elect to submit an optional revision to try to improve their score/grade on the Research Proposal, BUT the original graded Research Proposal including Cora's evaluation must be resubmitted with the Revised Research Proposal for re-grading consideration.
UNIT 2: Research Process Competencies (Weeks #4-7)
10 pts = Practice Quiz (Avoiding Plagiarism), including recommended Online Self-Test: "Recognizing & Avoiding Plagiarism: Exercises" (Cornell Univ.) - if still available at this URL:
5 pts = Preliminary Draft of Search Strategies Inventory
10 pts = Preliminary Draft of Annotated Working Bibliography
5 pts = Preliminary Draft of In-Text Citations
10 pts = In-Class Workshop #3 on Preliminary Drafts
Late/Make-Up Policy: Late submission/completion of scored Unit 2 assignments will be penalized points, and Late Make-Up of missed in-class scored Unit 2 Quiz & Workshop may NOT be possible: please see instructor to discuss.
20 pts = Search Strategies Inventory
≈ 49.1 %
UNIT 3: Critical Research Paper (Weeks #7-FINALS)
PREP. for CRITICAL RESEARCH PAPER:
15 pts = Plan/Outline w/Source Citations - 2 copies (1 for Cora; 1 for Workshop)
15 pts = Preliminary Draft w/Source Citations - 2 copies (1 for Cora; 1 for Workshop)
15 pts = In-Class Workshops #4 (5 pts) & #5 (10 pts) on other students' Plans/Outlines, Preliminary Drafts & References (APA) or Works Cited (MLA) lists
Late/Make-Up Policy: Late submission/completion of scored Unit 3 assignments will be penalized points, and Late Make-Up of missed in-class scored Workshops may NOT be possible: please see instructor to discuss.
CRITICAL RESEARCH PAPER:
EXIT (END-OF-TERM) SURVEY
|550 pts||= Total Points possible based on planned assignments above|
Cora will be using Blackboard (Bb)
Grade Center to record scores students earn on individual graded
assignments & to calculate students’ overall course grades. Students
will be able to check their current record of assignments completed and
scores earned by clicking “View Grades” in our Bb course Menu
(Directions for how to access Blackboard & course grades will be given
in class). The first columns will show your overall course grade
to date, grade percentage (pts
and points earned.
Course Percentage-to-Grade Conversion Scale
= Course Grade
100 % – 93.0%
92.9% – 90.0%
89.9% – 87.0%
|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|
NOTE Percentage Cut-offs -
Cora does NOT "round up":
e.g. if you end up with 92.98%, your final course grade will be A-.
*COCC does NOT allow instructors to award final course grades
of A+, C-, D+, D-, F+ or F-
Plagiarism Policy . . . & Help
in-text citations and complete bibliographical documentation of any and
all sources that you quote, paraphrase, and summarize in your writing
are required whenever you borrow the words, facts, and ideas of others.
repeated verbatim (word-for-word) from a source, must be appropriately
set off as such, and the source must be cited and documented. If you
put others’ ideas & information in your own words—i.e. paraphrase
and summary—you still have to cite and document the
source/s you use in your writing assignments. In college writing
assignments, 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.
Plagiarism—intended or not—is considered a
violation of academic honesty and legal intellectual property rights.
Plagiarism in any course assignment is grounds for an "F" on that
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I look forward to working with and learning from you all this term! ~Cora
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