Sample Syllabus

Freshman Composition

Indiana University -Purdue University at Fort Wayne

Elementary Composition W131

Instructor: Mrs. Dawn Wooten                            Phone: ext. 19148
Email: wootdm01@ipfw.edu                                Office: CM G41
Office hours: MWF from 9:50am-10:50am or by appointment

 Course Goals

Upon completion of W131 students should be able to demonstrate their competence in four areas:

Rhetorical Knowledge: the ability to focus on a purpose and audience; to respond appropriately to different kinds of rhetorical situations; to adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality; and to write in several genres.

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: the ability to use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating; to manage a writing assignment as a series of tasks, including finding, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources; and to integrate one’s own ideas with those of others.

Writing Processes: the use of multiple drafts to create and complete a successful text; the development of flexible strategies for generating, revision, editing, and proof-reading; participation in collaborative and social processes that require the ability to critique one’s own and other’s work.

Knowledge of Conventions: the ability to follow common formats for different kinds of genres; to practice appropriate means of documenting one’s work; to control such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

REQUIRED TEXT: Norton Field Guide to Writing w/Pocket Guide to Grammar. Author: Richard Bullock.

REQUIRED STUDENT MATERIALS: Loose Leaf notebook paper, pencils, highlighters, two-pocket portfolio, and digital storage device. No assignments written on spiral bound paper will be accepted.

INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY: Each class meeting will consist of a combination of lecture, audio/visual presentations, activities, group work, library work, and/or individual work time. In addition, students will be asked to schedule individual conferences with the instructor at least twice during the semester.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendance is crucial to your success in this course. There will be many opportunities for points on in-class work that cannot be made up. Any absences after 3 classes missed may result in your final grade being lowered by 3% per missed day thereafter. Any student who is absent (with the exception of an emergency or illness) will not have the opportunity to make up any missed work or turn in late assignments.

EVALUATION: You will have four major projects to complete during the semester: Narrative Essay, Persuasive Essay, Informative Research Paper, and Argumentative Research Paper. In addition, there will be journal writing assignments, in-class exercises, and graded homework.

GRADING SCALE: Grading will be based on 1000 points:

900-1000                 A         
800-899                   B
700-799                   C
600-699                   D
599 and below         F

 

POINT BREAKDOWN

You will be required to submit a Narrative Essay, Persuasive Essay, Informative Research Paper, and Argumentative Research Paper. The guidelines for each will be handed out prior to the beginning of each project. Each project and other assignments are assigned point values:

          Narrative Essay                                     100 points
          Persuasive Essay                                   100 points
          Informative Research Paper                   150 points
          Argumentative Research Paper              200 points
          Error Logs                                            100 points
          Journal Writings                                     100 points
          Homework                                           150 points
          In-class exercises                                  100 points         

                                                    TOTAL: 1000 POINTS

Copies of all essays, error logs, journals, homework, and in-class exercises must be turned in at the end of the semester for the purposes of conferencing.

PROJECT OVERVIEWS

NARRATIVE ESSAY: During the course of this project, students will choose an event (positive or negative) that has occurred in their life and tell the story. The audience will be their fellow students and the instructor. There will be a first draft and final draft as well as self-evaluation of the assignment. Students are cautioned against choosing a topic that may be too personal for a wide audience.

PERSUASIVE ESSAY: This project will consist of students choosing to persuade their reader to change position on a particular issue. There will be a first draft and final draft of this essay as well as self-evaluation of the assignment.

INFORMATIVE RESEARCH PAPER: Each student will choose a topic of interest and conduct research in an effort to find supporting materials. There will be a first and final draft of the project. An annotated bibliography will be completed for this project prior to the final draft submission. In addition, students will be asked to complete self-evaluations and utilize in-class workshop time to complete the project.

ARGUMENTATIVE RESEARCH PAPER: Each student will choose a topic of interest and conduct research in an effort to find supporting materials. There will be a first and final draft of the project. An annotated bibliography will be completed for this project prior to the final draft submission. In addition, students will be asked to complete self-evaluations and utilize in-class workshop time to complete the project.

THE WRITING CENTER:  Save time and write better papers for any class through free individual consultations in The Writing Center, Kettler G19. Bring assignments, questions, ideas, and a draft (if you have one). Consultants can help you get started, write more clearly, revise, edit, and cite sources responsibly. Come as you begin a paper and as you revise. Drop-ins are welcome, but to ensure appointments, sign up on TutorTrac at www.ipfw.edu/casa/wc. Questions? Call 481-5740. Kettler G19

ACADEMIC HONESTY STATEMENT: The advent of the Internet has created varied opportunities for plagiarism and cheating. This issue is taken very seriously by me and the university. If plagiarism occurs, I will take the steps outlined in the IPFW Undergraduate Bulletin which defines plagiarism as “the adoption or reproduction of ideas or statements of another person as ones own without acknowledgement.” To borrow someone else’s writing without acknowledging it can result in failure for the course as well as sanction from the university. The “ghost writing” of a paper can also lead to sanction from the university.
You must submit your own, original work in this course and to properly identify and give credit to any work that is not your own. Whenever you quote passages, borrow graphics, or utilize the theories and ideas of others, you are legally and ethically bound to acknowledge that use and document your sources. If you have concerns or questions regarding proper attribution, please see me.

ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY  (from IPFW student handbook): We will abide by the Anti-Harassment Policy for IPFW which protects you from harassment in all forms, covering those with legally protected status for reasons of race, gender, religion, color, age, national origin, ancestry, or disability, as well as those who are harassed for other reasons such as sexual orientation.

SPECIAL NEEDS: If you have a disability or acquire one, contact Services for Students with Disabilities (Walb 113) for the services and accommodations available at IPFW. There are many other services available and information about them can be located in you student handbook.

ATHLETICS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Although outside activities are an important part of college, academics are your number one priority. If you miss class due to a university-sponsored event, you are still expected to submit all work that is due on that day prior to the event. Please provide a written schedule signed by your coach or sponsor for any classes you may miss because of competitions or extra curricular activities.

INCLIMATE WEATHER: If bad weather occurs, be sure to watch the local news or listen to WOWO radio for school closings. If the university is open, class will be conducted as usual.

CLASSROOM POLICIES: It is my desire to have a productive learning environment in my classroom. Students are expected to maintain courtesy and respect for one another and the instructor at all times. Please turn all cell phones off before class begins. If you have a compelling reason for leaving your cell phone on during class, please inform me prior to the start of class.

Students will be required to use pencil only on all in-class writings and/or graded assignments. Assignments written in pen will not receive credit. I will have pencils available during the first few weeks of class for those who need them.

Students are expected to be on time for class. I will begin class on time and I will not repeat instructions or material for those who come in late. Those who arrive late must see a classmate for missed material. If you have difficulty making it to class on time due to circumstances beyond your control, please let me know.

When a workshop is scheduled, all students are required to bring all necessary materials with them to class in order to fully participate.

All assignments are due at the beginning of class unless otherwise stated by the instructor. Assignments can be accepted via email if arrangements are made with the instructor.

All formal projects are expected to be typed, including the first draft. Students will use Tahoma font size 12 for all projects unless otherwise stated in assignment guidelines.

Students who are disruptive or rude may be asked to leave the classroom and will not have the opportunity to make up work.

Please check the class website prior to coming to class. All cancellations of class will be posted there no later than 8am along with instructions for homework and due dates.

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