Fall 2014 Syllabus univ 0400. 003

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Fall 2014 Syllabus

UNIV 0400.003

Integrated Reading and Writing

Syllabus and Calendar

MWF 11:00 – 11:50

Judith Espinoza

Room 1160A, Mesa Building

432-552-3302 espinoza_ju@utpb.edu

Office hours ~ MWF 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Compose a variety of texts that demonstrate clear focus, logical development of ideas in well-organized paragraphs, and the use of appropriate language that advances the author’s purpose.

  • Determine effective approaches, forms, and rhetorical techniques that demonstrate understanding of the writer’s purpose and audience.

  • Generate ideas and gather information relevant to the topic and purpose, keeping careful records of outside sources.

  • Evaluate relevance, quality sufficiency, and depth of preliminary ideas and information, organize material generated, and formulate a thesis.

  • Demonstrate revision as a means to effective writing through drafting, refining key ideas and organizing them more logically and fluidly, using language more precisely and effectively, and drawing the reader to the author’s purpose.

  • Edit writing for proper voice, tense, and syntax, assuring that it conforms to Standard English when appropriate.

  • Locate explicit textual information, draw complex inferences, analyze, and evaluate information within and across texts of varying lengths.

  • Understand new vocabulary and concepts and use them accurately in reading, speaking, and writing.

  • Explain how literary and other texts evoke personal experience and reveal character in particular historical circumstances.


The official grading for this class is S (satisfactory), Z (showing improvement, but student must repeat the course), and U (unsatisfactory, failing). However, to help students understand how they are doing in this class, assignments are graded using the traditional A, B, C, D, F (0-100) scale. Journals and writing center tutorials are graded on a pass/fail basis, but do have points assigned. Failure of either constitutes failure of the course.
A maximum of 1000 points is possible when all requirements are met.

Exercises, In-Class Writings, Quizzes 75

Reading response and timed writing exams 150

4 essays 400

Mid-term exam 100

Final exam 100

Portfolio Review and Reflective Essay 75

Tutorials (Pass/Fail) 100

Total points possible: 1000
Grading Scale

901-1000 points A

801-900 points B

701-800 points C

601-700 points D

0-600 points F

University Policy on Disability Accommodation

To request academic accommodations for a disability, students should contact the Director of the PASS Office at 432-552-2631. The University Counseling Center provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. For information about testing, students should contact the Director of the University Counseling Center at 432-552-2365.
Academic Honesty

Plagiarism and academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students may receive help with revising and editing their essays, but all submissions should be the students’ own work. Students who need help understanding plagiarism or academic dishonesty should see the instructor. Plagiarism or any form of academic dishonesty on assignments will result in a failing grade for the assignment with no chance to make up the work. Plagiarism or cheating on exams will result in a failure of the course. A referral to the Vice President of Student Services may be made in any instance of plagiarism or academic dishonesty.
Important Dates

October 30 Last day to drop or withdraw

November 3 Spring registration begins

November 26 – 28 Thanksgiving

December 4 Last regular class day

December 8 Final Exam 10:15 – 12:15
Course Calendar:
Week One

Active reading; timed writing

Week Two

Paraphrase, summary, analysis

Thesis and support
Week Three

Analysis, responding to texts

Brief essay
Week Four

Analysis and response to argument

Group Presentations
Week Five

Reading and responding to fiction

Test on reading comprehension, timed writing

Week Six

Weighing evidence and responding to academic writing

Essay of argument, rough draft, peer review

The writing process

Week Seven

Argument final draft due; test on reading comprehension, timed essay

Self-editing, expanding and defining key points; grammar review
Week Eight

Reading and responding to popular media, use of rhetoric

Compare/contrast essay rough draft, peer review

Organizing and use of supporting evidence
Week Nine

C/C essay final draft due; setting purpose and voice

Mid-term exam; common errors in English grammar
Week Ten

Reading and writing critical responses to art and music

Writing well-developed paragraphs; transitions
Week Eleven

Reading textbooks, writing to learn
Week Twelve

Using resources, avoiding plagiarism

Reading comprehension, timed essay
Week Thirteen

Conferences, Thanksgiving break

Week Fourteen

Working through writer’s block, invention strategies

Week Fifteen

Synthesizing and narrowing

Test-taking skills revisited
Week Sixteen

Semester review, writing workshop

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