WRITING 123  Syllabus & Course Information - Spring 2010
English Composition III (Research Writing)
# 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 Cora Agatucci:
Electronic mail:
Cora's Office Location: Grandview 106-B  (Bend campus)
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Cora's current Schedule (& also by appointment):

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

Required Textbook for Spring 2010 WR 123 - CRN # 21137:

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

Other Requirements:

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:
    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 102.  Learn More from "COCC Online Computing Information for Students" at the end of this handout!

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 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 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 planned Unit Assignments, Grading & Late Policies
All course assignments & activities are designed to help students achieve WR 123 Learning Outcomes.

Unit 1:

150 pts.

≈ 27.3 %
of course



UNIT 1: Course Introduction & Research Proposal (Weeks #1-4)
  10 pts = WR 123 Student Survey Week #1 - Spring 2010
 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 PolicyLate 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:

130 pts.

≈ 23.6%
of course


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 PolicyLate 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
 50 pts = Annotated Working Bibliography
 20 pts = In-Text Citations
--Late Policy:  Search Strategies Inventory, Annotated Working Bibliography, and/or In-Text Citations 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/s, and (3) Revision Option will NOT be allowed.

Unit 3:

270 pts.

49.1 %
of course


UNIT 3: Critical Research Paper (Weeks #7-FINALS)
  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 PolicyLate 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.

  20 pts = Critical Research Paper - Electronic Version
to be submitted to Turnitin to generate Turnitin Originality Report for plagiarism check.
200 pts = Critical Research Paper - Print Version, correctly formatted
                    NOTE:  Print version of Critical Research Paper will NOT be graded UNTIL after Electronic Version has
                    been submitted & Turnitin Originality Report generated for instructor's review.
--Late PolicyNO LATE Critical Research Papers will be accepted for grading and NO revision option will be permitted.  The Critical Research Paper is the Final for this class.

   5 pts = WR 123 Exit Student Survey & Course Reflections

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 earned pts possible), and points earned.
    Blackboard (Bb) Grade Center has been set to calculate course grades based on the following scale:

Course Percentage-to-Grade Conversion Scale

(total points earned total points possible)

= Course Grade
per COCC grading policy*

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

Proper 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. Direct quotations, 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 assignment.
BUT DO NOT PANIC!  Directions & models for citing your sources and avoiding plagiarism in course assignments using an appropriate documentation style are given in our textbook and will be supplemented in class this term. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Cora to discuss.

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Students with special needs who  . . .

  • have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations,
  • have any emergency medical information that the instructor should know of,
  • 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

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

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