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Copy of Introduction and Course Concepts

This presentation covers the basics of the course syllabus, the course outcomes and the grading scale.

Margaret Helwig

on 13 January 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Introduction and Course Concepts

This presentation covers the course syllabus and general course information Welcome to ENGL1109 Instructor Information Course Objectives Class Policies Instructor: Margaret M Helwig - call me Maggy
Contact Information: 213 Jaynes Hall, 304.367.4978 maggy.helwig@pierpont.edu

Office Hours: MWF 10am-11am, TR 11am-noon
I am also available outside of these times by appointment. During the Tuesday and Thursday office hours, I will also be available online.

Short Bio: I have a B.S. and an M.A. in English from Northern Michigan University. I also worked as a technical writer for a computer systems design and support organization in Battle Creek, Michigan. Course Information Catalog Description:
This course provides practice in writing expository articles and technical reports. In addition to scientific/technical reports and proposals, students also write business letters, memoranda, and other types of written communication common in the industrial and business worlds.

Prerequisites: C in ENGL 1104

Note: A grade of C or better is required for graduation when ENGL 1109 is required in program of study.

My Definition:
As stated above, we will be working extensively with real-world writing. Much of the course work at the college level focuses on academic writing, which is functional and necessary within the realms of academia, it is not really what you will be using outside of this setting. I teach technical and report writing with an emphasis on application and use within your chosen profession. As such, you will have a number of assignments where you will be asked to bring knowledge from your major area of study into your work. I will also be incorporating a multi-cultural aspect, as well as presentation skills. In short, I will teach you how to write like a professional. Completion of English 1109 and an active role in completing the coursework should provide you with the abilities to:

Meet the needs of audience/clientele by creating written documents for a mixed readership of experts, operators, managers and general readers.

Produce either a formal or informal report common to the workforce using collaborative approach with individual contributions

Design task-oriented, persuasive documents conventional to technical communication

Create visuals and graphics to enhance technical documents

Generate a well-structured, (extemporaneous and scripted) researched presentation utilizing visual components General rules and guidelines for class behavior and expectations of performance Required Tools I will be making extensive use of the following text:

Technical Communication by Mike Markel, 10th Edition -
ISBN: 978-0-312-48597-9

I will also be using Blackboard extensively to provide "lectures", post assignments, grade work, and distribute information. You are required to be familiar with this platform. The first assignment is designed to assist in this, but please contact me immediately if you have any questions.

We will be using Microsoft Word to create our documents, so access to this program, as well as access to the Internet is essential for success. Class Expectations Students are expected to actively participate in course discussions. This includes posting timely and thoughtful responses that contribute to the overall conversation. Students are expected to read all associated materials within a lecture. Failure to do so will result in misunderstanding the assignments and poor grades. Students are expected to log in at least 2x a week. More frequent log ins may be necessary while working on the collaborative projects, but this is the minimum expectation. Work Performance Students are expected to submit all assignments by the posted deadline.
Plan for emergencies. If you live in an area where the internet connection can be problematic, do not wait until the last minute to try and submit an assignment.
Missed assignments cannot be made up.
Late submissions will not be accepted. In the event of an emergency, contact me as soon as possible, so we can make the appropriate arrangements regarding your assignments. Plagiarism and Academic Honesty All students and faculty members are urged to share in the responsibility for removing every situation which might permit or encourage academic dishonesty. Cheating in any form, including plagiarism, must be considered a matter of gravest concern. Cheating is defined here as the obtaining of information during an examination; the removal of faculty examination materials; the alteration of documents or records; or actions identifiable as occurring with the intent to defraud or use under false pretense.

Plagiarism is defined here as the submission of the ideas, words (written or oral), or artistic productions of another, falsely represented as one’s original effort or without giving due credit.

Within this class, the first instance of plagiarism will result in a zero score for the assignment.

The second instance of plagiarism will result in failure of the course. Grade Scale and Course Schedule Grading Scale Every assignment in this class will be accompanied by a rubric that will delineate the point values and expectations of the work to be completed. Your final grade will be based on a straight percentage of the number of points you have accumulated based on the number of points available throughout the course.

100% - 90% = A

89% - 80% = B

79% - 70% = C

69% - 60% = D

59% - 0% = F Course Schedule New assignments will be posted every Tuesday by noon and will be due by 11:30 p.m. on the following Tuesday night.

Some assignments will have longer than one week to complete, and those will be marked accordingly.

There are 13 lessons within this class.

No lesson will be posted over the Spring Break. http://www.pierpont.edu/academicaffairs/syllabusstatements.asp Campus Policies For information on the standard policies that apply to all Pierpont students, please visit the link below:
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