Required Texts:The Curious
Researcher. Bruce Ballenger, New York: Pearson Longman, 2004.
Rules for Writers. Diana Hacker, Boston, MA: Bedford, 2000.
Recommended Text: A College-level dictionary
Required materials: 1. Ruled notebook paper; 2. Two floppy disks OR Jump/Flash Drive; 3. Four different Color
Highlighters; 4. Folder; 5. Paper clips OR stapler
Have you ever watched a film, or read a book that left you with more questions
than answers? These perplexing experiences are also potent experiences. Rather than shrug in the face of confusion, we can
use not knowing to generate creative questioning, researching and writing. Research is both intellectual and manual labor;
it is also intense, often riddled with chance, and sometimes frustrating. In this course, you will experience the benefits
of performing your own guided research. As a result, when faced with perplexing texts or experiences, you will gain the skill
and experience necessary to research the issues in order to make your own informed decisions. The philosopher Nietzsche can
sum up your potential benefits here: “Knowledge is power.” You will display your knowledge primarily in the writing
of research and analysis papers. The course is the second in college composition and is designed for those students who have
mastered the skills developed in English 101. You will write longer papers based on complex theses and use secondary source
material. We will review the basic principles of 101. Passing grades on two non-research-based essays (similar to those in
English 101) are required before you may begin the research paper. Revision workshops will help you improve each paper. We
will tour the library, conduct library searches, analyze secondary materials, and learn formatting for a college level research
did Jay-Z and the Beatles collaborate on a record? In a “Mash-Up” or a Hybrid format. Like your traditional classes, this class will meet in our classroom. And, unlike your traditional
classes, this class will meet on-line a few times this semester. This is a HYBRID format—like a hybrid car, it’s
part traditional (gas/face-to-face) and part new (electric/on-line). This format is designed to improve your learning and
provide some flexibility for your schedule. Read about it (including the “collaboration” between Jay-Z and Beatles)
on my webpage: http://marytconway.tripod.com.id1.html
NOTE: You do not need advanced computer knowledge or internet access
at home to take this course--we will learn together! Our first on-line class meeting will be a LEARNING WORKSHOP where we
will be all together in the same computer classroom. I will be available to help you with all aspects of the on-line classes.
N This eye indicates the on-line classes in the schedule.
1. Official College Policy regarding Attendance.
According to the College policy, the instructor may drop any student who, without an acceptable excuse, misses more than two
weeks of class. Chronic lateness will be counted as absence also. LATECOMERS: Three
late arrivals equal one absence.
are by definition unavoidable; they are not to be planned for. If you must miss a class, ask your classmates for updates,
and then ask me.
If you MUST miss a class: 1. Provide me with advance notice, when possible; 2. Keep
up with the reading and writing assignments; 3.consult with your group members; 5. Consult with me with specific questions.
2. Individual Participation.
Our class will succeed when all students take responsibility for class discussion. Come prepared to ask and answer questions
that relate to the readings and writing assignments.
3. Group Participation. You
will be assigned to a group of 3 or 4 other students early in the semester. It is important that you develop a good relationship
with other members, and share contact information. You will perform tasks that will prepare you for the final drafting of
the research paper. See me with any questions or concerns you may have during the semester regarding this aspect of the course.
4. You must complete each step in the research paper process to pass the
course. See the attached schedule and CHECKLIST.
5. You should devote nine hours
each week outside of class to pass the course.
**Summer schedule requires more since the workload is doubled. **
6. Quality of written work. I will not accept any paper that does not fulfill these requirements.
b. Double-spaced – no extra spaces between paragraphs
c. 12 point font
d. Stapled in
the upper left-hand corner.
e. Your name, course, section #, and date in the upper left hand corner
f. Follow MLA documentation style (see Hacker).
g. Proofread and corrected **If
there are more than two (2) uncorrected typos on the first page, your paper will be returned. You will not receive credit for work that is below college level.**
7. Originality of work. Plagiarism, intentional
or not, guarantees you a failure for the course. We will spend a week ensuring that you understand plagiarism. Always
make sure your work is your work. Plagiarism is easy to detect, and now very easy to prove with the Internet’s help.
If you don’t understand what counts as plagiarism, see our webpage and me. Pleading ignorance will not excuse you.
8. Students registered with the Center on Disability should notify me
during the first week if you need special accommodations.
9. Occasionally, a professor may need to contact you at home; if you would
rather not be contacted, please tell me in the profile you will complete during the first week of class.
10. If you do not already have one, you must sign up for an email address in the first two weeks of class. Go to myway.com for a free and secure email account. We will contact
one another through email regularly, and will have an experimental on-line workshop.
Criteria for Grades of Papers
Your papers will be graded based on the following values:
1.the use of standard English, quality of writing,
and facility of expression;
2.the complexity and clarity of the thesis;
3.the degree to which the paper accomplishes
what the thesis promises;
4.the clarity of organization;
5.the use of specific evidence (Statistics, testimony,
examples) and the quality of the discussion of the evidence;
6.the integration of secondary source material
in paraphrase and quotations;
7.the use of the MLA format in bibliography,
citation, and paper layout.
When you sign up for your courses, you never know who will sign up with
you. This exercise allows you to share some important interests and to discover similarities and differences you have with
your classmates. It also allows me to get a sense of your writing strengths and weaknesses.
You will complete this profile during class. You may prepare for this
diagnostic essay by bringing in notes or an outline. However, you may not submit a typed paper for this work.
You will receive paper for this assignment; please write your NAME and
EMAIL at the top. Write your phone number, unless you do not wish to be contacted at home.
Use what you learned in Engl
101 to structure your paper: Introductory paragraph with thesis; clear paragraphs that address the 5 questions below; Conclusion.
You will get the entire class to write your essay.
Save ten minutes to revise and proofread.
Skip lines and write as clearly as you can.
1.What are your favorite films? Why? Who are
your favorite musicians? Why? What are your favorite books? Why?
2.Outside of schoolwork, what do you write, and
how often do you write?
3. How comfortable are you with computers? What computer will you use
for your writing and research assignments for this course? Do you have internet access at home?
3.Do you work outside of school? Where (describe
it)? How often?
4.When you study, what is the environment like?How many hours a week do you spend on Schoolwork?
5.What is your program of study? What is your
favorite subject in school?
Hybrid Class Schedule
I.Week 2 Monday—Meet in Computer Lab Room
TBA for Workshop
II.Week 4 Thursday -- DUE On-Line: Topic Proposal
with 6-item bibliography AND your reply to your groups’ postings.
III.Week 5 Thursday -- DUE On-Line: Annotated Bibliography
AND your reply to your groups’ postings.