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Instructor: Patricia Murphy Office Location: LL226 A Office Hours: Online Tuesday 1:30-3:30, In Office Thursday 11:00-1:00 Office Phone: 480-965-0742 74616 ENG 102 TH 7:40-8:55 CPCOM 237 00384 ENG 102 TH 9:15-10:30 CPCOM 207 36059 ENG 102 Internet 93864 ENG 102 Internet Required Text Lunsford, Andrea A. and John J. Rusziewicz. Everything’s an Argument. 3rd Ed. Boston: Bedford St.Required Writing Writer's Journal 20% 4 Papers worth 20% eachCourse Description This course asks students to become experts at academic research and writing at the University level. Based ontheories of argument that are thousands of years old, students will create arguments about topics that are current, controversial and highly influential. Students will learn to view their writing as a process that involves constant interaction with other texts, and consistent revision of claims and arguments. With the help of technology, students will conduct extensive research into each topic and they will communicate with others about their viewpoints. Upon successful completion of the course students will be adept at the following skills: * identifying strong topics, making a clear claim * thorough research techniques including identifying, finding and assessing sources * clear organization of arguments, avoiding logical fallacies * proper use of sources, documenting sources in MLA format * using technology for research and communicationCourse Policies1. Policy on class attendanceBecause writing classes are performance courses that depend upon student attendance for both the class and the student’s success, this policy is non-negotiable. All absences count equally, irrespective of the cause and students who exceed the allowed number of absences cannot pass the course and will fail with a grade of “E.” You have 4 absences to use for emergencies. If you miss more than 4 classes you will automatically fail the course. Note that the system allows me to check how many log-ons you have had per semester, so it is easy for me to tell who is working more and who is working less. - For Fall and Spring semesters, classes that meet three days a week (MWF, for example), the maximum number of allowed absences is six (6), for classes that meet two days a week, the maximum number is four (4), for classes that meet once a week, the maximum number is two (2). For classes that meet on other schedules, the number of absences allowed should reflect a similar ratio (two weeks worth of class meetings).- Hybrid classes: In the case of hybrid course that meet twice a week, a student who misses more than four classes – either face-to-face, online, or a combination – will fail the course with a grade of E. o Definition of attendance for hybrid class days: A student who fails to post an acceptable assignment to theclass website during the assigned "window" of time will be counted absent for that class day- Online classes: More than four absences will result in failure.o Definition of attendance in online classes: A student who fails to post an acceptable assignment to the class website during the assigned "window" of time will be counted absent for that class day.o Technical problems online: While these do occur either at home or from an on-campus connection, they are usually not valid reasons for failing to fulfill the requirements for attendance on that day. Students areresponsible for allocating enough time to complete online assignments, and they should include the possibility of technical "glitches." Thus students need to allow enough time to try again later or to travel to a campus computer lab or alternative place to complete the assignment and therefore avoid an absence for the day. Exceptions may be made by the instructor in the event of widespread computer viruses orsome other large-scale event affecting ASU's computer network, but exceptions will not be made for routine computer problems. - Note: Students who participate in university-sanctioned activities and/or who will be unable to meet the attendancerequirements for a particular section should move to another section where their activity schedules will not interfere with their classroom obligations (students can freely switch sections during the first week of the semester). To accommodate students who participate in university-sanctioned activities, the Writing Programs Office offers sections of this course at various times of the day and week. We have asked advisors across campus to help students enroll in appropriate sections. If you think that this course may conflict with a university-sanctioned activity in which you are involved—athletics or the debate team or another—please see me immediately. 2. Attendance: first week of classesAccording to university policy, students who are registered but do not attend any of the first week of classes may be dropped.- Students enrolled in hybrid/online courses must make every reasonable attempt to attend class or contact the instructor during the first week. After the first week those who do not show up either in person or by calling or e-mailing the instructor may be dropped.3. If I am absentIf I need to cancel class because my car broke down, or if I am ill, etc., I will try to get someone to post a sign. I also will try to email you before class. However, if you come to class and I am not here after 15 minutes please assume that class is cancelled.4. GradingGrading for Writing Projects will follow English Department standards, which are based on content, organization, expression, and mechanics. To compute final course grades, the following values are assigned to the standard letter grades of A through E:o A+................ 4.3 (only used internally at ASU)o A................. 4.0 o A-............... 3.7 o B+.............. 3.3 o B.................3.0 o B-............... 2.7 o C+.............. 2.3 o C................ 2.0 o D............... 1.0 o E................ .3 No paper = 05. The public nature of class writing and discussionsPlease consider every piece of writing you do for this class to be "public property." Part of becoming a good writer is learning to appreciate the ideas and criticisms of others, and in this course our purpose is to come together as a writing community. Remember that you will often be expected to share your writing with others, so avoid writing about things thatyou may not be prepared to subject to public scrutiny, or things you feel so strongly about that you are unwilling


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