Instructor: Maner Term: Winter 1999 Time: 7:00-10:00, Wednesday Room: 182 Millett Office hours: Mon. and Wed. 2-4 ================================================================ Required texts: Joseph Gibaldi, The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 4th ed. (New York: MLA, 1995). Martin Maner, The Spiral Guide to Research Writing (Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 1996).
Recommended text: Michael L. Keene and Katherine H. Adams, The Easy Access Handbook: A Writer's Guide and Reference (Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 1996).
Required materials: Packet of 3x5 or 4x6 note cards. ================================================================= All page numbers below refer to The Spiral Guide unless otherwise indicated. Complete the assigned readings and exercises before coming to class. Date Topics and Assignments Readings, etc. Wed Introduction; diagnostic quiz Personal schedule 1/6 Class policies handout Qualities of a good thesis Collect personal Do Exercise #1 during class (ungraded schedule handout exercise, p. 15, not to be handed in) Library orientation (Second half of class will be in Library 241-242) Wed Finding sources 57-99; 289-94 1/13 Overview of research writing Choosing a subject xx-35 Study sample papers 336-66, 381-412 Discuss Exercise #6--Finding Scan 303-324, Sources (pp. 96-97, due in three noting items weeks) marked with Finding and narrowing the topic asterisks, Discuss Exercise #3--Statement of especially the Topic (pp. 34-35, due next week) indexes in the Do Exercise #2; bring it to class section headed (ungraded exercise, pp. 15-16) "General." Library orientation Distribute (Class will meet in "Exercise in Library 241-242) Paraphrasing and Documenting" Wed Generating an argument 36-56 1/20 Do Exercises #4 and #5 before class Do pp. 1-3 of "Exercise in Paraphrasing and Documenting," distributed in class Hand in Exercise #3--Statement of Topic (graded exercise) 34-35 Discuss Exercise #8--Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting (pp. 139- 40, due in two weeks) Circulate sign-up sheet for individual conferences. Writing a short plan 100-10 Gathering information 111-41 Discuss Exercise #7--Prospectus (p. 110, due in three weeks) Fri Last day to drop without a "W" 1/22 Wed Individually guided research 1/27 (Scheduled appointments by the Information Desk in the library) At your individual conference, do the following: Hand in Exercise #8--Summarizing, 139-40 Paraphrasing, and Quoting (graded exercise) Wed MLA format--I 142-57; 325-33; 2/3 General appearance of MLA format MLA 41-99 and Parenthetical documentation 183-205; bring Discuss Exercise #10--Citing and MLA Handbook to Listing Sources (pp. 189-94)--due class. in two weeks MLA mechanics Hand in Exercise #7--Prospectus (graded exercise) 110 MLA format--II 157-67; 189-94; 296- List of works cited 302; MLA 101-82; Endnotes bring MLA Handbook Hand back and discuss Exercise #8 to class. Ungraded in-class exercise in citing and listing sources (not to be handed in) Handout Fri Last day to drop with a "W" 2/5 Wed Writing and organizing the rough 195-227; MLA 29- 2/10 draft 37 Hand in Exercise #10--Citing and Listing Sources (graded exercise) 189-94 Revising the rough draft 228-56 Do Exercise #12--Drafting Skills-- before class (pp. 223-27, ungraded exercise, not to be handed in) Discuss topic outline--ungraded exercise, due in two weeks Discuss sentence outline--graded exercise, due in four weeks Wed No class 2/17 Hand in Exercise #6--Finding Sources (graded exercise) 97-99 (Leave in my mailbox in 441 Millett; if after 5 pm, when mailroom is locked, slip paper under my door.) Wed Peer evaluations 2/24 Do Exercise #13--Revision--in class with a classmate (p. 256, ungraded exercise, to be handed in) Research paper preliminary draft due (15 typed pages minimum, including bibliography) plus photocopies of at least a page from each of three sources paraphrased in the paper. Mark the photocopies clearly to show which pages of your paper contain the quoted or paraphrased portions. I will not be able to give preliminary draft credit without the accompanying marked photocopies, so please do not forget this material!) Remember: This draft must be handed in ON TIME at the beginning of the class, with marked photocopies and bibliography, and it must meet the minimum length requirement. Other- wise, no preliminary draft credit will be given. Topic outline due The topic outline, consisting entirely of sentence fragments, will not be graded but will be used as a tool in discussing organizational problems. Wed Editing 257-88 3/4 Discuss sample sentences in class Handout Do Exercise #14--Editing--before class (p. 288, ungraded exercise, not to be handed in) Course evaluation Question-answer review for final exam Preliminary drafts handed back with instructor's comments Wed Research paper final draft due 3/10 (15 typed pages minimum, plus bibliography) Sentence outline due--counts as one exercise Wed Final examination, 7:45-9:45 PM 3/17 At least a portion of this exam will be open-book, so bring your Spiral Guide, your MLA Handbook, and your notes. =================================================================
Evaluation Class participation/completion of preliminary draft* 05% Graded exercises (Statement of Topic; Finding Sources; Prospectus; (drop lowest Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and exercise Quoting; Citing and Listing Sources; grade) Formal Sentence Outline 30% Research paper--final draft 45% Final examination 20% Course grades are computed by multiplying weighted percentages times the numerical value of letter grades, thus: A=4.0, A-=3.8, B+=3.2, and so on.
Preliminary Draft Credit: To earn the "A" credit for turning in a preliminary draft, your paper must be handed in on time at the beginning of the hour on the due date; it must meet the minimum length requirement; and it must contain a complete bibliography of works cited. If it fails to meet any of these requirements (by being, for example, only a few minutes late or only a few words short of the minimum length), I will have to give you an "F" for this 5% portion of the course grade. This deadline policy is intended to reward and encourage advance completion of your work, thereby making it possible for me to schedule prompt evaluations. Once deadlines and minimum length criteria have been established, they must be enforced consistently. If you prefer to waive this 5% of free "A" credit, you may do so in the first week of class, and these points will be distributed across other assignments at that time.
Mandatory Exercises You may choose to "drop" an exercise by not turning it in. However, Exercises #3 (Topic Statement), #7 (Prospectus), and the formal sentence outline are all mandatory course requirements. The must be handed in, even if you must complete them late and receive no credit for them. (See Class Policy #1, below.)
================================================================ Fourth Hour This is a four-credit-hour course which meets for only three hours per week. The fourth hour will be devoted to guided research and writing. I am happy to meet regularly with you individually for assistance, but remember that administrative work may force me to miss some office hours occasionally. Therefore, appointments are advisable.
================================================================ Class Policies
1. Papers, prospectuses, at-home exercises, etc. are due at the beginning of the class period on the due dates indicated above. I will evaluate preliminary drafts submitted after the deadline, but no "preliminary draft credit" will be given for them. Late exercises will receive no credit, so if you must miss a class on a due date, be sure to fax me a copy of your exercise (at 873-2707) by the deadline, or have a friend deliver it on time.
2. Late research paper final drafts will be subject to the following reductions: Papers turned in after the beginning of class but before 9:50 PM on the due date indicated above will be penalized 5 points. Papers turned in after 9:50 PM but by 5 PM the next day will be penalized 10 points, and another 10 points for each day or portion of a day the paper is late.
3. Papers shorter than the assigned minimum length will receive grade reductions. "Page" is defined as a normal typed page with 1" margins and 10 cpi type; "15 typed pages minimum" means at least 15 full pages. Use standard MLA format, please; don't play with extra-large type and margins.
4. I will not give a make-up exam unless arrangements have been made before the exam is given. If you cannot reach me, leave a message with the English Department secretary before the exam is given.
5. Assistance on written work should be limited to the instructor, library reference personnel, and the tutors at the Writing Center (025 Library). Automatic penalty for any form of plagiarism (defined as passing off the work of someone else as if it were your own): F for the course, written notification of the Dean of Liberal Arts and the English Department Chairer. (Re-using work submitted for credit in another course is another form of academic dishonesty, since it puts other students at a disadvantage. If you wish to write a single paper to meet two course requirements, you should secure written permission from both instructors, and the paper should meet the combined length requirements of both assignments.)
6. I normally do not grant "I" grades for the course. If you miss an assignment, your grade will be computed on the basis of the work you completed, with the missing assignment counted as a zero.
7. Since I do not grant excused absences, I prefer not to be given excuses for absences unless they are especially bizarre or amusing.
8. I take attendance at the beginning of the hour. If you arrive late, please see me after class to have me mark you present. I will not make retroactive corrections of the attendance record. Repeated absences or late arrivals may lower your participation grade.
9. Please do not ask me what you missed. You are responsible for making arrangements with a classmate to supply you with information about classes you could not attend.
10. Since the early weeks of this course are focused mainly on getting an early start on the research paper, you will have accumulated only a few percentage points of graded credit by the time the first and second drop dates arrive. Probably the best way to estimate your likely performance in this course is to ask yourself the following questions: a) Have I spent at least eight hours a week on library work for this course during the opening weeks of the course? b) Have I mastered the research tools (bibliographies, periodical indexes, study guides, etc.) relevant to my topic? c) By the time my prospectus is handed in, will I have listed virtually all the available English-language sources relevant to my topic?
11. My office is 446 Millett, telephone 775-2639. You may leave messages with the English Department secretary at 775-3136. You may FAX assignments to meet deadlines at 775-2707. A convenient way to confer is via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my e-mail daily. ================================================================ Return to Dr. Maner's Home Page
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