ENG 3010: Intermediate College Writing
Winter Semester 2019
Section 031 — Tuesday/Thursday, 14:30-15:45 — 211 State Hall
Section 032 — Tuesday/Thursday, 16:00-17:15 — 327 State Hall
Instructor: Dr. S. P. Cooper
E-mail Address: spcooper [at] wayne [dot] edu
Office Location: 10408 Maccabees Bldg.
Office Hours: By appointment, Tuesday/Thursday 13:30-14:15
English Department Course Description
Building on students’ diverse skills, ENG 3010 prepares students for reading, research, and writing in the disciplines and professions, particularly for Writing Intensive courses in the majors. To do so, it asks students to consider how research and writing are fundamentally shaped by the disciplinary and professional communities using them. Students analyze the kinds of texts, evidence, and writing conventions used in their own disciplinary or professional communities and consider how these items differ across communities. Thus students achieve key composition objectives:
(1) learn how the goals and expectations of specific communities shape texts and their functions;
(2) learn how writing constructs knowledge in the disciplines and professions; and,
(3) develop a sustained research project that analyzes or undertakes writing in a discipline or profession.
To achieve these goals, the course places considerable emphasis on analytical and critical reading and writing as well as the development of research skills. It typically requires genres like the research proposal, literature review, research presentation, and researched argument and the use of varied technologies for research and writing. ENG 3010 follows a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) approach teaching Composition at the intermediate level. WAC approaches guide students to investigate writing in their fields and to develop a holistic awareness of communicative practices in their disciplinary discourse communities. In order to develop this awareness, ENG 3010 leads students to identify and analyze commonly used genres, writing conventions, and audience expectations in their disciplines. Then, based on this work, students develop a research proposal designed for readers in their own disciplines. Through group work, class discussions, and peer review, students consider how texts, research, and writing practices in their disciplines compare to those of other disciplines.
WSU Undergraduate Bulletin Description
Cr 3. Prereq: grade of C or better in ENG 1020 (or equivalent course) in reading, research and writing for upper-level students. Emphasis on conducting research by drawing from the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and professions in preparation for Writing Intensive courses in the majors.
Course Placement for ENG 3010
To enroll in ENG 3010, students must have completed their WSU Basic Composition (BC) requirement (ENG 1020 or equiv.) with a grade of C or better. Students who have not completed this requirement will be asked to drop the course.
General Education Designation
With a grade of C or better, ENG 3010 fulfills the General Education IC (Intermediate Composition) graduation requirement. Successful completion of an IC course with a grade of C or better is a prerequisite to enrolling in courses that fulfill the General Education WI graduation requirement (Writing Intensive Course in the Major).
More information on the General Education requirements is available from the Undergraduate Programs office: http://advising.wayne.edu/curr/gnd1.php
A passing grade in ENG3010 indicates that students are able to demonstrate the following course outcomes:
Analyze genres from the student’s discipline or profession, including their associated discourse community, audience(s), rhetorical situations, purposes, and strategies.
Use a flexible writing process and varied technologies to produce texts that address the expectations of the student’s disciplinary or professional discourse community in terms of claims, evidence, organization, format, style, rhetorical situation, strategies, and effects by drawing on an explicit understanding of the genre(s) being composed.
Write research genres, use research methods, and conduct primary and secondary research to produce an extended research project relevant to the student’s discipline or profession.
Use reflective writing to describe developing knowledge about writing (especially writing in one’s discipline or profession) and about oneself as a writer (including one’s ability to plan, monitor, and evaluate one’s writing process and texts).
Miller-Cochran, Susan K. and Rochelle L. Rodrigo. The Wadsworth Guide to Research: Wayne State Edition. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2015. ISBN: 9781305757899.
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 are required to write 32 pages or more (approx. 8,000-9,000 words) in ENG 3010 (NOT including drafts and informal writing). However, reading responses, student-generated primary research artifacts, and other formalized “minor” assignments may count toward this goal. This course will feature a minimum of four major projects along with one multimodal presentation and less formal writing for in-class activities and homework. Students are required to submit at least 1 formal project that is between 10-15 pages in length, not including any associated requirements for works cited and/or reflective writing.
The major projects for the course are intended to scaffold together, building upon students’ emerging writing capacities, discourse community awareness, familiarity with a central research focus, and a body of written content. Taken together, these emerging competencies and artifacts should lead students to develop a longer, higher-stakes project which not only models an effective process for research and writing in their professional/disciplinary discourse communities, but also resembles an important genre of that community (the formal research proposal):
1. Research Guide (3-4 pages)
2. Genre Analysis (4-5 pages)
3A. Literature Review (8-10 pages)
3B. Multimodal Presentation
4. Formal Research Proposal (10-15 pages)
5. Reflective Letter (2-3 pages)
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 or Chicago 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, and submitted with the graded original.
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: Genre Analysis (15%)
Part I – Draft *
Part II – Final 15%
Project 3A: Literature Review (20%)
Part I – Research Questions and Plan *
Part II – Launch Texts and Research Path *
Part III – Annotated Bibliography (5%)
Part IV – Draft
Part V – Final 15%
Project 3B: Multimodal Presentation (5%)
Part I – Presentation 5%
Project 4: Formal Research Proposal (35%)
Part I – Draft of Introduction with Research Questions *
Part II – Draft of Revised Introduction *
Part III – Draft of Cornell notes and Revised Literature Review *
Part IV – Draft of Proposal, Methodology, and Discussion *
Part V – Final 35%
Project 5: Reflective Letter (5%)
Part I – Draft *
Part II – Final 5%
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 3010 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. After exceeding five absences, students will automatically receive a failing grade for the course. 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 18 January 2019.
The last day to request course withdrawal is 24 March 2019.
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.
Students need prior written permission from the instructor before recording any portion of this class. If permission is granted, the audio and/or video recording is to be used only for the student’s personal instructional use.
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.