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English 1302: Composition II

PRINCIPLES OF ACADEMIC RESEARCH
Fall 2019 Sections:
160 @ 11 MWF in OAG 113, CRN 88539
150 @ 12 MWF in OAG 109, CRN 88538
070 @  1  MWF in OAG 114, CRN 81514

Ed Tober, Assistant Professor
Department of English and Languages
Office Hours: MWF: 8:00-10:00 (and by appointment)

Course Description

English 1302 aims primarily at helping students develop the rhetorical and research strategies necessary for effective and formally correct research-supported academic writing. English 1302 builds upon rhetorical and logistical strategies practiced in English 1301 to effectively purpose, organize, support, and edit academic writing.

Course Requirements

Daily Assignments Grade: 40%
Daily assignments must be concluded on time and in class for credit, so do not give/send me any "excuses," as no class assignments are ever individually waived. Grades on daily assignments are, for the most part, quantitative; that is, a grade of  means that all aspects of the assignment were completed with a reasonable level of relevance and detail. A grade other than √ reflects a relative level of incompleteness, and a zero means you were not present to do that day's classwork since attendance is mandatory. Your daily grade will be computed using the following rubric:
     From the 100 at which your daily average begins, each  subtracts 0 points, each ½ subtracts 3 points, and each 0 subtracts 5 points, irrespective of circumstances, so do not bring or send me "excuses." Moreover, at ten zeros your Daily Grade will drop to zero and you will automatically fail the course.

Annotated Bibliography Grade: 20%
A late Annotated Bibliography will be penalized ten points per day, beginning at the time due, but will not be accepted more than three calendar days late. If you do not submit one by that time, you will fail the course, unless you have made a prior arrangement with me.

Research-Supported Formal Academic Essay Grade: 20%
A late Formal Academic Essay will be penalized ten points per day, beginning at the time due, but will not be accepted more than three calendar days late. If you do not submit one by that time, you will fail the course, unless you have made a prior arrangement with me.

Final Exam Grade: 20%
You must take the final exam to pass the course.

FAILING GRADE REPORTING
In Fall 2015, Tarleton began differentiating between a failed grade in a class because a student never attended (F0 grade), stopped attending or stopped regularly submitting assignments at some point in the semester (FX grade), or because the student did not pass the course (F) but attended and submitted assignments the entire semester. These grades will be noted on the official transcript. Stopping or never attending class or submitting assignments can result in the student having to return aid monies received.  For more information see the Tarleton Financial Aid website.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY and PLAGIARISM
Students are expected to be familiar with Tarleton's Academic Integrity and Academic Conduct policies on the Judicial Affairs website and should be aware that academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and will be punished severely. If I suspect that academic misconduct has occurred (plagiarism, copying from an unauthorized source, copying with another student, etc.), I reserve the right to examine a student on the content or any other facet of submitted work. Moreover, since there are no collaborative assignments in this course, I expect all submitted work to be done independently, especially at the support level in a final draft.

ADA ISSUES
It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. If you are a student with a disability seeking accommodations for this course, please contact the Center for Access and Academic Testing at 254.968.9400 or caat@tarleton.edu. The office is located in Math 201. More information can be found at www.tarleton.edu/caat, in the University Catalog, or at www.ada.gov. Students are instructed to deliver their letters of accommodation during office hours or by appointment, not before or after class, to allow time for a conversation about the request.

CLASSROOM DECORUM
The following breaches of academic decorum will not be tolerated: sleeping in class, rudeness to another student, private conversations, leaving class without notice (unless physically ill, of course), playing with/listening to electronic devices (cell phones must be out of sight), etc. Frankly, these are just common courtesy, and failure to comply will result in a zero for that day's assignment.

MISSION & CORE VALUES
INTEGRITY. LEADERSHIP. TRADITION. CIVILITY. EXCELLENCE. SERVICE.

Tarleton State University provides an academically challenging education where learning is grounded in real-world experiences and effective teaching, research, scholarship, and service. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is rich in history and tradition while being committed to student success and diversity. Tarleton strives to develop moral and ethical thinkers, scholars, and leaders who demonstrate civility and integrity, while contributing meaningfully and responsibly to a global society.

ASSIGNED TEXTS.
There is only one book to buy for Professor Tober's sections of English 1302: 

Marlowe, Christopher. Dr Faustus (1604 Version). 2nd ed. Edited by Michael Keefer. Broadview, 2007.

Purdue OWL. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html

Course Calendar

DATE

ASSIGNMENT DUE

              STEP 1: ASSIGNED PRELIMINARY STUDY--Summarizing & Note-taking
(re Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus as an Elizabethan Religio-Political Artifact)

08-26

Hand out and Discuss Syllabus; Hand out Text and KISO of Kristen Poole's "Doctor Faustus and Reformation Theology"

08-28

  Lecture re Assigned Preliminary Study (and KISO of Kristen Poole's "Doctor Faustus and Reformation Theology") 

08-30

  KISO of Kristen Poole's "Doctor Faustus and Reformation Theology" DUE; Hand out Stephen Alford Text & KISO for Chapter 2 

09-02

  Labor Day

09-04

  Alford KISO, Chapter 2, DUE; Hand out Stephen Alford Text & KISO for Chapter 8

09-06

  Finish Discussion of Alford, Chapter 2; Hand out Michael Keefer KISO (15-25)

09-09

  Alford KISO, Chapter 8, DUE; Hand out Doctor Faustus Reading Previews (3)

09-11

  Keefer KISO DUE

09-13

  Doctor Faustus RP1 (Act I) DUE

09-16

  Finish Discussion of Doctor Faustus RP1

09-18

  Doctor Faustus Reading Previw 2 (Acts II & III) DUE

09-20

  Doctor Faustus Reading Preview 3 (Acts IV & V) DUE 

09-23

  Finish Discussion of Doctor Faustus

 

  STEP 2: Research & Reporting--ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

09-25

  Hand out Annotated Bibliography Assignment Sheet, Methodology Outline for "Types of Sources as Types of Database Searches," and Rhetorical Guide for Composing Annotations

09-27

  In-class Periodical Database Searching and Handouts re Results

09-30

  Continue In-class Periodical Database Searching and Handouts re Results

10-02

  In-class Book Database Searching and Handouts re Results  

10-04

  In-class Webpage Database Searching and Handouts re Results

10-07

  Research Methodology Q&A; Discuss Summarizing re "Annotations"; Handout Purdue OWL, "MLA In-Text Citations"

10-09

  Hand out Assignment Sheet for Annotated Citations (Pinciss Model Version); Annotated Citation Workshop

10-11

Annotated Citation for 1st Periodical Database Source--G.M. Pinciss--DUE

10-14

  Revised Ann. Cit. of Pinciss DUE

10-16

  Annotated Citation for Book Database Source--Park Honan or Alan Sinfield--DUE

10-18

  Annotated Citation for Webpage Database Source--Angus Fletcher--DUE  

10-21

  Workshop Annotated Citations for 2nd and 3rd Periodical Database Sources

10-23

  Hand out Annotated Bibliography Template and Proofreading Checklist for AB Workshop; Last day to submit Annotated Citations for 2nd and 3rd Periodical Database Sources for WRITTEN feedback

10-25

 Hand out Grading Rubric for AB Workshop

10-28

  Annotated Bibliography Q & A--In-class Conference; This is the LAST DAY to get feedback from me, so DON'T PROCRASTINATE.

 

  STEP 3: RESEARCH-SUPPORTED FORMAL ACADEMIC ESSAY

10-30

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE; Hand out Prompt for Research-Supported Formal Academic Essay/Close Prompt Reading and Basic Prospectus for R-SFAE

11-01

  Close Prompt Reading and Discuss additional source, not in the Annotated Bibliography

11-04

  Annotated Citation for non-AB Source DUE

11-06

  Prospectus Workshop  

11-08

  Prospectus DUE

11-11

Revised Prospectus DUE; Organization-Level Draft Workshop

11-13

  Organization-Level Draft DUE (2 Copies Printed Out or No Credit); Hand out R-SFAE Grading Rubric; Org-level Draft Revision

11-15

  More Org-level Draft Revision; Concluding Inference and Works Cited Page Workshop; ; Return Annotated Bibliography

11-18

  Preliminary Draft DUE for Rhetorical Analysis

11-20

  R-S FAE Final Draft Q & A

11-22

  RESEARCH-SUPPORTED FORMAL ACADEMIC ESSAY (w/ Ancillaries) DUE

11-25

  Final Exam Review

11-27

  No Class-Campus Closes @ 12

11-29

  Thanksgiving Holiday

12-02

  Final Exam Review

12-04

  Final Exam Logistics; Return R-S FAE w/DG

12-06

  Final Exam, 3:30-5:30, Room TBA