ENGL& 102 meets:   Daily 11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Room: D106 & the Resource Room in the Library


Instructor:            David Owens

Office:                  D 111

Phone:                  527 - 4425

e-mail:                 [email protected]

Office Hours:       By appointment (scheduled conferences will be held throughout the quarter)


Required Texts and Materials:

Course Objectives:

Assignments: Check the Class Schedule to see when each assignment is due


Preliminary Research Proposal

20   points

Research Proposal Worksheet

30   points

Annotated Bibliography (5 source)

25   points

Fact-Finding Presentation

40   points

Deliberation Paper

50   points

Outline of Rough Draft

30   points

Full Annotated Bibliography (10 sources)

50   points

Research Draft w/ Sourcebook

100 points

Peer Review

20   points

Research Paper Presentation

40   points

Research Paper w/ Final Sourcebook

200 points

APA Conversion

30   points

Quizzes (9)

45   points

Discussion Forums and informal work

70   points

Total points for Final Grade

750 points


Attendance and Participation: I do not have an attendance policy for this class. However, the lessons outlined in the class schedule are not simply lectures. Many are activities that will contribute to the “Discussion forums and informal work” category of your grade. So, aside from the fact that you will be missing out on vital information (there is no research writing text for this class), you will also be missing out on valuable practice, feedback and points.

Informal Writing: Although I do not penalize you for absences, I will give you a number of informal writing assignments to work on both in and out of class. These assignments are not “busywork.” They are designed to give you practice or insight into your writing. It will be to your advantage to do them when assigned – often class activity will depend on the informal work you were asked to do the night before. Those assignments that are not completed in class will be submitted to the Discussion Forums.

Contacting the Instructor: The best way to contact me, at any time of day, is to email me through the Angel Course Mail, located in the middle column of the main Course Page for this class. If I am in front of my computer, I am alerted when an e-mail arrives. Therefore, responses to your e-mails can sometimes be instantaneous. At any reasonable time of day, you can usually get a response from me within two hours if it is clear that a response is called for.

I usually check my campus e-mail a few times each week. It is not the best way to contact me or submit late assignments.

During my office hours, I can be reached at 527 - 4425. At other times of day, you can leave a message at this number, but I usually only remember to check my messages once a week.

I check my campus mailbox only once a week, if I remember. Submitting assignments there is NOT a good idea. Please place hard copies of assignments on my desk, which is located in office 111. Placed on the desk is a large plastic spider sitting in a Zen garden. Please don't disturb it.

Submitting Assignments: Failure to submit assignments to the appropriate Angel drop box or during class time by the due date will result in a significantly reduced score and possibly a failing grade at the end of the quarter. All assignments should be submitted to a drop box in Angel specifically designated for the assignment as an attached text document. I will submit my feedback to you in the form of a MS Word document (.doc) with review comments in the margin. Make sure you have your MS Word view set on "Print Layout" or "Normal" so that you can read the comments. You may also submit assignments on paper, and you will get them back the same way, but you will ALWAYS be required to submit them during class, the comments will not be as extensive or as legible, and you might not get them back as quickly. Also, if you lose them, I will not have a copy.

Weekly Quizzes: We will have 9 quizzes, worth 5 points each. The class schedule will give you some idea of the emphasis of each quiz and when it will open. In most cases these quizzes will require you to apply ideas from the course material and class discussion to demonstrate your understanding of them, so you may use your notes and the class internet resources on every quiz. I will mainly use quizzes to see how the class understands the concepts essential to research writing, and I will often review concepts the class is having trouble with. You will usually have three attempts at a quiz over an equal number of days, and you will receive feedback after each attempt telling you which questions you got right and wrong. It is to your advantage to attempt the quiz early and come back to it often. Treat it as a learning tool. Quizzes cannot be made up after they are given.

Late Work: All readings should be done by class time on the day they appear on the schedule. Assignments are due during class or in the appropriate drop box by 5 pm on the days they appear on the schedule unless I make announcement stating a different due date or time. Major Assignments will lose 10 percent for every day they are late, starting with the hour after they are due. Assignments are also considered late if they are submitted in a form too incomplete to evaluate. I will not accept any assignment after I have handed the graded assignment back to the class. Missed quizzes may not be made up, but you may earn extra points on the final.

Keeping up with the class work and concepts in this class is essential because each step builds on the previous one. If you find yourself falling behind, or if you get less than 70 percent on any major assignment, please don’t let an entire week go by without e-mailing me or coming to see me. You will not succeed on the final research paper if you haven’t taken the steps to get to that level, so don’t expect that large grade to save you at the end of the quarter.

Incompletes: No incompletes given unless 3/4 of the total course work is already completed. A request for an incomplete must be accompanied by a plan for completion.

 Disabilities Policy: To request accommodations related to a disability, contact Claudia Angus, Ph.D., Coordinator of Disability Support Services, at 527-4262 or email [email protected]. A short video explaining Disability Support Services at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UE7_EJmn5k

Writing Center: The TLC offers free writing assistance from trained writing tutors during all stages of the writing process. Located in room 244 (next to the Computer Lab and Student Activity Center) writing tutors are available Monday-Friday from 8:30a-2:30p. To make the best use of your time at the TLC Writing Lab, please bring a copy of your assignment with you, along with notes and course readings, to help tutors better understand the writing context. Understand that the writing tutors will not proofread papers or talk with you about grades. Instead, they will support you as a writer by helping you develop good habits and strategies suitable for a variety of writing situations.

Plagiarism is the submission of work for credit that includes materials copied or paraphrased from published or unpublished works without proper attribution or documentation. You are also committing plagiarism if you attribute your own words or ideas to someone else, or if you submit work previously submitted for another class as original work.

If I suspect a student of plagiarism, he or she will be called in to prove, through the use of notes, drafts and explanations, that they did not plagiarize. If I am not convinced, the paper will be sent up for academic review. If you are found guilty of academic dishonesty either by plagiarizing someone's work or allowing your own work to be misused by another, you will automatically fail English 102 and have to take the course again.

If I find evidence of plagiarism, or even extensive disregard for proper source documentation and attribution standards, on your final research paper, you will automatically fail English 102. It is your responsibility to use the tools and lessons I provide in class to make sure you do not violate these standards.

No final paper will be graded unless it is accompanied by a complete and organized sourcebook.

Important Note: A failing grade on your final research paper for any reason will bar you from earning a C or higher in the class, no matter how many points you have earned.


Major Assignments

·         Final Research Paper: a 8-10 page analytical or argumentative paper with at least 6 quality sources. It will attempt ONE of the following:

o   to evaluate one of the predictions Anderson makes in his novel Feed,

o   propose a prescription to avoid one of Anderson’s predictions,

o   justify your own specific, concrete prediction inspired by Anderson’s novel,

o   OR provide a literary analysis of the novel that seeks to place it into a larger context, like sci-fi, satire, young adult, tragedies, American, political or apocalyptic novels.

·         Research Presentation: a 5-8 minute presentation including at least one visual aid in which you will attempt to communicate the main thesis and supporting arguments from your final paper and field questions about your research, methods, reasoning and conclusion. This will provide you with feedback for your final paper.

·         10 Source Annotated Bibliography: this is an MLA formatted Works Cited page with an annotation underneath each source entry, which includes a summary of the main claim and all main supporting points as well as an evaluation of its credibility, bias, and usefulness.

·         Deliberation Paper: a 10 paragraph essay that summarizes various points of view or answers to a specific research question, evaluates those positions with logical analysis, and finally supports one above the rest, synthesizes a more satisfying answer out of some of them, or rejects them all in favor of a new answer.

·         Fact-finding Presentation: After your first round of preliminary research on your chosen topic, you will collate your findings with a group of students with similar interests and present your findings to the rest of the class, or you can choose to present your findings on your own. In either case, you will explain your guiding research question, the process you used to find your information, and the information you collected. The presentation will include at least one visual aid, and the feedback you get from the class will help you hone your research project.


Non-major Assignments

·         Research Proposal Worksheet: designed to help you get a head start focusing and finding sources for your topic.

·         Outline: prepares you for writing the first draft of your final research paper.

·         APA conversion: demonstrated your ability to master two different types of documentation formatting.