ENG 1020: Introduction to College Writing
Autumn Semester 2019
Section 063 — Monday/Wednesday, 13:00-14:15 — 155 Education Building
Section 048 — Monday/Wednesday, 14:30-15:45 — 117 Old Main
Instructor: S. P. Cooper
E-mail Address: spcooper [at] wayne [dot] edu
Office Location: 10408 Maccabees Bldg.
Office Hours: By appointment, Monday/Wednesday 12:00-13:00
English Department Course Description
Building upon students’ diverse skills, English 1020 prepares students for reading, research, and writing in college classes. The main goals of the course are:
1. to teach students to consider the rhetorical situation of any piece of writing;
2. to have students integrate reading, research, and writing in the academic genres of analysis and argument; and,
3. to teach students to develop analyses and arguments using research-based content, effective organization, and appropriate expression and mechanics.
To achieve these goals, the course places considerable emphasis upon the relationship between reading and writing, the development and evaluation of information and ideas through research, the genres of analysis and argumentation, and the use of multiple technologies for research and writing.
WSU Undergraduate Bulletin Description
Cr 3. Prereq: placement through ACT score, English Qualifying Examination, or passing grade in ENG 1010. A course in reading, research, and writing skills that prepares students to write successfully in college classes.
Course Placement for ENG 1020
Students are placed into ENG 1020 by different means. Most students are placed via test scores: students with an ACT English score of 21 or higher, or an SAT/EBRW score of 520 or higher are placed into ENG 1020. Students can also be placed into ENG 1020 via the English Qualifying Examination (see the EQE Information handout at http://testing.wayne.edu/app/testinfo.cfm?eid=TEEQE)). Students also may enroll in ENG 1020 if they received an S grade in ENG 1010.
General Education Designation
With a grade of C or better, ENG 1020 fulfills the General Education Basic Composition (BC) graduation requirement. Successful completion of Basic Composition is a prerequisite to enrolling in courses that fulfill the General Education IC (Intermediate Composition) requirement for graduation (e.g., ENG 3010, 3020, 3050, Literature & Writing courses).
• Use reading strategies in order to identify, analyze, evaluate, and respond to arguments, rhetorical elements, and genre conventions in college-level texts and other media.
• Compose persuasive academic genres, including argument and analysis, using rhetorical and genre awareness.
• Use a flexible writing process that includes brainstorming/inventing ideas, planning, drafting, giving and receiving feedback, revising, editing, and publishing.
• Use a flexible research process to find, evaluate, and use information from secondary sources to support and formulate new ideas and arguments.
• Use written reflection to plan, monitor, and evaluate one’s own learning and writing.
Greene, Stuart and April Lidinsky. From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Practical Guide. Custom for Wayne State University. 4th ed. New York: Macmillan, 2018. ISBN 978-1-319-22307-6.
Oxford English Dictionary
Students have access to the full Oxford English Dictionary online through the Wayne State University Library reference portal. There are also computer programs and mobile applications available for purchase.
Students who continue to write in the humanities will like be asked to employ this style or another, similar style. Often, new versions will have substantial changes incorporating advances in technology. Older versions may not explain how to cite websites, blogs, social media, podcasts, &c. The current version of the MLA Handbook is the eighth edition (ISBN: 978-1603292627). There are also a number of online resources for the most common citation guidelines from this text.
Students are required to write a minimum of 32 pages (approximately 8,000 words) in ENG 1020 (including drafts and informal writing). This course will feature 5 major projects along with less formal writing for in-class activities and homework. The lengths given below are minimums: the cover page, index, works cited page, et cetera do not count towards the paper length.
1. Rhetorical Analysis (1,500-2,000 words)
2. I-Search Project (1,500-2,000 words)
3A. Research Argument (2,300-3,000 words)
3B. Infographic (500-1,000 words)
4. Reflective Letter Project (1,000-1,500 words)
Format and Submission
• All coursework must be typed and double-spaced, using 12-point Palatino/Palatino Linotype or Times New Roman font, with one-inch page margins, and when submitted electronically, saved in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format.
• All work must be formatted in MLA style (including matter such as page numbers, student name, date, etc.).
• To gain credit for revisions (including material from a previous assignment used in a subsequent assignment), all new and changed material must be highlighted using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature.
In the fields of writing and reading, student classroom participation is imperative. This class is not just about knowledge acquisition but is also about learning the process of how to read closely, interpret texts, and make an argument about the material under study. Students learn to do this by doing it themselves, by watching others (classmates and the instructor), and by getting feedback.
As such, students must be prepared to participate in discussions: participation is a course requirement. This entails students having read, annotated, and thought about the complete assignment carefully before class starts. Furthermore, students must bring their copy of drafts to every draft workshop. Because draft workshops involve closely examining drafts, if students do not have their drafts then they are not prepared for class, even if they have read the assignment, and they may be marked absent.
Participation is only affected negatively by attendance (i.e. absences cause students to miss the opportunity to participate). Students do not receive participation credit simply for being present. Participation grade is based upon participation in workshops, lectures, and discussions. To receive a perfect participation grade, a student must participate constructively and substantially in every class meeting and have exceptional (not merely good) participation in workshops. No portion of the participation grade can be ‘made up’.
Final grades are calculated automatically and are not (and will not be) rounded up. It is improper and unethical for students to request modification of a grade except in case of instructor error. Grades are issued according to the letter scale: A (100-93), A- (92-90), B+ (89-87), B (86-83), B- (82-0), C+ (79-77), C (76-73), C- (72-70), D+ (69-67), D (66-63), D- (62-60), F (59-1), and Ø (0).
Grades on individual papers will be weighted as follows:
Project 1: Rhetorical Analysis (10%)
Part I – Draft *
Part II – Final 10%
Project 2: I-Search (20%)
Part I – Questions and Introduction Draft *
Part II – Research Log and Source Write-Up 5%
Part III – Draft *
Part IV – Final 15%
Project 3A: Research Argument (30%)
Part I – Proposal 5%
Part II – Annotated Bibliography 5%
Part III – Draft 1 *
Part IV – Draft 2 *
Part V – Final 20%
Project 3B: Infographic (15%)
Part I – Concept and Draft *
Part II – Final 10%
Part III – Presentation 5%
Project 4: Reflective Essay (15%)
Part I – Draft *
Part II – Final 15%
Participation and In-Class Work (10%)
* No credit will be awarded unless all drafts are fully submitted on-time.
Late Work Policy
Unless instructed otherwise, all assignments are due at the start of class. Students must contact the instructor to request approval and a new deadline at least twelve hours in advance if work cannot be submitted by the due date. A doctor’s note or other proof may be requested as a condition of such approval. No comments will be provided for late work. The instructor will determine specific grade reductions based on timely prior notification, whether revised deadlines are met, and similar factors. Late work will be accepted and graded only if a new deadline is arranged with the instructor in advance. Late work submitted without prior instructor approval will not be accepted, and will be assigned a grade of 0%.
Extra Credit Policy
No extra credit will be available in this course.
Course Grade of Incomplete
A grade of Incomplete will be issued only if the student has attended nearly all of the class sessions, signed and submitted an Incomplete Contract (using the English Department’s recommended form), and obtained the instructor’s signature on it.
Enrollment in ENG 1020 is capped at 24 students. Class attendance is required, and attendance will be taken at each class session. Arriving more than fifteen minutes late or leaving early without instructor approval will count as an absence. Timely attendance, preparedness, and active participation count as ten per cent of the final grade. There are no ‘excused’ absences except where necessitated by the University: after accruing three absences, each additional absence will result in a reduction of the course final grade by five percent, and students will automatically receive an F grade for the course if they exceed five absences. Regardless of the reason for an absence, students are responsible for any material missed, or any assignments due, during class. In-class assignments cannot be made up.
Dropping and Withdrawing
The last day to drop a course with tuition cancellation is Wednesday, 11 September 2018.
The last day to request course withdrawal is Sunday, 10 November 2018.
Please note that the course instructor has no ability to change or modify these dates. Students should contact the Office of the Registrar for further information, or speak with a counselor to discuss how drops and withdrawals may affect the ability to receive financial aid.
Plagiarism is the act of copying work from books, articles, and websites without citing and documenting the source. Plagiarism includes copying language, ideas, texts, and visuals without citation (e.g., copying and pasting from websites). Plagiarism also includes submitting papers (or sections of papers) that were submitted for another course, written by another person (including another student), or downloaded from the Internet. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense that may result in an academic judicial hearing and expulsion from the university. Plagiarism will result in a grade of 0% on the assignment, a grade of F for the course, and reports to the English Department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the University Student Conduct Officer. Instructors are required to report all cases of plagiarism to the English Department. Information on plagiarism procedures is available in the Department.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Policy on Plagiarism
“The principle of honesty is recognized as fundamental to a scholarly community. Students are expected to honor this principle and instructors are expected to take appropriate action when instances of academic dishonesty are discovered. An instructor, on discovering such an instance, may give a failing grade on the assignment or for the course. The instructor has the responsibility of notifying the student of the alleged violation and the action being taken. Both the student and the instructor are entitled to academic due process in all such cases. Acts of dishonesty may lead to suspension or exclusion.” (2013-2015 WSU Undergraduate Bulletin, 325)
Wayne State University Policy on Student Ethics and Academic Work
“Academic work submitted by a student for credit is assumed to be of his/her own creation, and if found not to be, will constitute cause for the student’s dismissal.” (2013-2015 WSU Undergraduate Bulletin, 73)
A Note about Research Ethics
Within the academic community, the practice of research is divided into two separate kinds of tasks. Research that involves looking at sources authored by other people, often found in a library or on the internet, is called secondary research. Students may already be very familiar with this kind of work which will be done for several projects in this class. The other kind of research we call original (or sometimes primary) research. Instead of reading someone’s else’s presentation of knowledge, original research involves creating or gathering knowledge together in a way that was not done before. For instance, a biologist might conduct an experiment to test the effects of a drug or a fertilizer and write an article to explain her research process and results—again, students are probably familiar with this kind of research. But some academics, especially those in the social sciences, do original research by gathering stories and knowledge from human participants through interviews, focus groups, surveys, or other methods. Students will not be doing biological experiments in this class, but they may end up using some of these other methods of original research in their projects. As students involve other humans in their research processes, they must respect subjects’ rights to maintain their privacy and to choose how and when their information or stories get shared. As members of the academic community, students are expected to be responsible researchers as they gather and disseminate this data, as well as any data obtained through secondary research.
Classroom Decorum and Respect Policy
• Repeatedly attending class late or leaving early is distracting both to the instructor and to other students, and will result in a significant reduction of the course grade, up to and including an F.
• Rude, mean-spirited, divisive, or dismissive attitudes and comments are not appropriate in the college classroom, and consequently will not be tolerated. Attentive and thoughtful conduct is expected and required in every situation.
• All documentation and communication carried out in this course should be written formally, respectfully, and professionally, including both course papers and e-mail communication with the instructor and other students.
• Students should ensure that all pagers, cell phones, watches, etc., are turned off (not just set to vibrate) during class time. The instructor reserves the right to ask any student to leave if their use of electronic devices becomes a distraction either to the instructor or to any other student.
• Students will be asked to share writing and make photocopies for others in class.
• Students are not permitted to photograph or record other students or the instructor without express prior consent.
Warrior Writing, Research, and Technology (WRT) Zone
The WRT Zone is a one stop resource center for writing, research, and technology. The WRT Zone provides individual tutoring consultations, research assistance from librarians, and technology consultations, all free of charge for graduate and undergraduate students at WSU. Tutoring sessions are run by undergraduate and graduate tutors and can last up to 50 minutes. Tutors can work with writing from all disciplines.
Tutoring sessions focus on a range of activities in the writing process – understanding the assignment, considering the audience, brainstorming, writing drafts, revising, editing, and preparing documentation. The WRT Zone is not an editing or proofreading service; rather, tutors work collaboratively with students to support them in developing relevant skills and knowledge, from developing an idea to editing for grammar and mechanics.
Librarian and technology support is a walk-in service. Consultants will work with students on a first come-first serve basis. Consultants provide support with the library database system, finding and evaluating sources, developing research strategies, organizing sources, and citations. Consultants will also provide technology support including, but not limited to: video editing, graphics creation, presentation building, audio recording, MS Office support, and dissertation formatting. The WRT Zone has several computers with the Adobe Creative Suite for students who want to work on multimedia projects. Our location is also equipped with two Whisper Rooms where students can work on multimedia projects in a more private and sound isolated environment.
To make a face-to-face or online appointment, consult the WRT Zone website:
For more information about the WRT Zone, please contact the Director, Jule Wallis (e-mail: au1145 [at] wayne [dot] edu).
Student Disability Services
Students who have a documented disability that requires accommodations will need to register with Student Disability Services for coordination of their academic accommodations. The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services department. The SDS telephone number is 313-577-1851 or 313-202-4216 for videophone use. Once students have met with a disability specialist, the instructor will be glad to meet with them privately during office hours to discuss their accommodations. Student Disability Services’ mission is to assist the university in creating an accessible community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in their educational experience at Wayne State University. Students can learn more about the disability office at http://www.studentdisability.wayne.edu.
To register with Student Disability Services, students should complete the online registration form at:
Schedule of Assignments and Readings
The current schedule of assignments and readings is available online. The instructor reserves the right to amend this list as necessary by adding, substituting, or removing readings, assignments, conferences, and other course materials.