Written, Oral, Visual and
Students in this course will
learn to effectively write and design documents, both printed
and electronic, that are persuasive or argumentative in nature.
Upon successful completion of
this course, students will
Be more conscious of the
processes for planning, drafting, revising and editing
Be able to analyze audience
and purpose in rhetorical situations and make rhetorical
choices based on this analysis,
Generate the type and amount
of information required by a given rhetorical situation,
Arrange materials to elicit
the intended audience’s response
Achieve an effective tone
and voice for a given rhetorical situation,
Create a variety of
documents for effective communication, and
Make stylistic choices
appropriate for a given rhetorical situation,
Create documents in a
variety of formats that include printed, visual, and
Write effective persuasive
350 Carver and The Loft
in the Armory
All email submissions should be
acknowledged by a “Reply” from instructor.
Everything’s An Argument, 5th
ed., Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz and A Pocket Style Manual, 6th
ed., by Hacker and Sommers.
All assignments will be
submitted as a printout from a computer program or as email
submission—per instructions from instructor. No
handwritten or typed (on an “old-fashioned” typewriter) papers
will be accepted. Computers are available in the
library and Ross Hall for those who do not have access to
computers at home.
All group assignments will
contain individual submissions assembled in “portfolios” as
specified on the assignment sheets, as well as a single group
submission of final draft. Group projects will not be
accepted as email submissions.
All email submissions must be
acknowledged with a “Reply” from the instructor and verification
of the receipt date. Email problems and/or faulty disks are the
responsibility of the student, and late and/or defective files
are not considered submitted. The student is responsible for
ensuring that all files are received, acknowledged, and in
working order prior to the due dates.
All papers must be turned in to
the instructor—not to the office or in the instructor’s
mailbox (or under my office door).
KEEP COPIES OF ALL YOUR WORK!
Do not delete or throw away anything until after semester grades
are posted. You are responsible for keeping records of your
own papers and grades.
Your course grade will be based
on four major writing projects (100 pts), a presentation (100
pts), electronic poster (50 pts), attendance (100 points),
in-class exercises (variable pts.), and a final exam or project
(100 pts.). (Point values are subject to change.) The
exercises conducted during class will also count towards your
grade. (These assignments are subject to change based on time
constraints and instructor discretion.)
Due to the collaborative nature
of some projects, no assignments or drafts will be accepted
after the due dates on those group assignments. Only ONE
non-group assignment will be accepted late with a 10% penalty
for each week late with a two week maximum—after two weeks, the
assignment will not be accepted for a grade. In-class exercises
can only be completed during those class periods in which they
were assigned—NO EXCEPTIONS!
Absence is not an acceptable
excuse for late papers or homework.
No assignments will be accepted
after 10 P.M. (via email) on the last scheduled day of regular
classes (not the final exam date).
Assignments and papers will be
evaluate based on the following criteria:
50% Content and following
the directions on the assignment sheet),
20% Mechanics (spelling
grammar, punctuation, and
20% Application of course
10% Creativity and
Pay close attention to the
details on each assignment sheet.
I will occasionally offer extra
credit assignments. Points from extra credit assignments will
be added to your cumulative score.
Sources for all papers
must be available for the instructor to check at any time,
Sources in all papers
need to be fully documented using current MLA format,
Failure to document
sources or turning in someone else’s paper with your name
on it could result in a failing grade on the paper. Opportunity
to rewrite will be at the instructor’s or department’s
discretion. Plagiarism on any assignment may result in a failing
grade for the class and official action by the college.
Class Attendance and
One of the consistent components in the
ISUComm Foundation Courses is an attendance policy. Classes are
in a discussion/workshop format and depend on your active
learning; therefore, regular attendance and productive,
courteous participation with classmates and the instructor are
important. Absences damage your grade in the class and create
the probability that you need to drop the course. Much of what
we do in English 150/250 cannot be rescheduled for you
individually, made up, or accepted late, regardless of your
reason for missing class. To ensure that you stay on track with
your attendance and submission of work, the following policies,
developed by theDirector of ISUComm Foundation Courses, will be
enforced in sections of English 150/250:
Missing more than four classes (MWF) or three classes
(TTH) will lower your grade, and excessive absences (three weeks
of classes) will result in a failing grade for the course.
Specifically, if your absences total five – eight
(MWF) or four – five (TTH), your class grade is reduced two
increments (a B+ becomes a C; a C becomes a D+). This happens
for the range of 5 – 8 (MWF) or 4 – 5 (TTH) absences, not
for each individual absence within the range. Even so, the
impact on your grade is severe once you go over your allotted
number (four on MWF or three on TTH).
After a total of nine (MWF) or six (TTH)
absences, you must drop the course or you will receive an F.
Even with a valid reason to miss, you can accumulate
so many absences in a semester that your work and classroom
experience are too compromised for you to remain in the class.
The Director of ISUComm Foundation Courses and your instructor
will advise you and your advisor if your absences—regardless of
their reason—are too numerous for you to remain in English
150/250 and you need to drop the class and take it in a semester
when your schedule permits regular attendance.
Please do not assume that exceptions will be made
for you. If you are concerned about the number of times you
anticipatemissing, speak to your instructor or the Director of
ISUComm Foundation Courses (firstname.lastname@example.org)
immediately. If there is a medical condition, you must speak to
the Disability Resources Office at the beginning of the
semester. If the time of day for the class is not convenient for
you, you need to speak to your advisor and find another section
you can attend without difficulty.
If you are more than 15 minutes late to class, you
will be counted absent.
Missing during group work or on the day of your oral
presentation means taking an F for that activity, as it
cannot be made up individually.
When classes are cancelled for scheduled conferences,
missing a scheduled individual or group conference counts as an
Your advisor will also be notified of attendance issues
that threaten your ability to pass the class and you may receive
a midterm low-grade report because of your attendance.
Do not schedule travel that requires you to leave
campus early for Spring Break or at the end of the semester,
as this could conflict with your class and/or your final exam.
Your instructor cannot make individual arrangements for you.
Listen to the radio and/or
television for school delays and cancellations. If class is
cancelled for any reason, I will post the information on the
class web page on the message board at least 30 minutes before
class start time. You should check the message board before
going to class if you are in doubt.
(not available in the summer)
This center will help you with
any part of the writing process. They will not, however, serve
as a proofreading service.
If you have a documented
disability that requires assistance, you will need to go to the
Disability Resource (DR) Office for coordination in your
academic accommodations. The DR is located in the Student
Services Building, Room 1076. Their phone number is
515-294-6624, TDD 515-294-6335 or email
To sell your ideas to your peers, to your
management, to your customers, you must, and I stress MUST, be able to
communicate. One of the reasons Sir Isaac Newton was famous in physics
was because he could communicate.