Writing II  ENG 102                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                  University at Buffalo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  





Instructor: John McKinnis

Office: Clemens 313 M W F 1:00-1:50 and by appointment

Phone: 645-2575 (English Dept., messages only) and 878-3796 (T R 11:00-1:30)

E-mail: mckinnjm@buffalostate.edu

Syllabus available on the web at: www.buffalo.edu/~mckinnis


Texts: Current Issues and Enduring Questions 8th ed. and The Everyday Writer (University Bookstore).


Course Description: The course is designed to help students improve their writing and reading abilities.  An emphasis will be placed on interpretation, logic, and argument.  Students will develop their critical thinking skills and their ability to support a thesis with secondary sources at a University level.   Classes will consist of presentations, collaborative workshops, discussions, and debates.  Students will have an opportunity to revise their work and are expected to participate in all class activities.  The text Current Issues and Enduring Questions provides an anthology of contemporary essays on controversial topics that will serve as models of rhetoric for class discussion and written assignments.


Learning Objectives: Students will be expected to demonstrate the following:


1.“The ability to think critically and to make intellectual discriminations, to recognize and apply methods of inductive and deductive logic and argumentation, and to maintain some intellectual independence at a level of University discourse.”                     


2.“The ability to form a restricted arguable thesis and organize supporting points, to develop and sustain an argument over a 5-10 page paper, and to research primary and secondary sources.”


3 “The ability to complete a paper without distracting mechanical errors, to document a research paper properly, and to sustain a consistent tone appropriate to the audience and purpose of the essay.”


Requirements:   Students will be required to write two 3-5 page essays, three 6-9 page major papers, and a self-evaluation.  They will also be expected to submit interpretive discussion cards and prepare a portfolio.  Students will write interpretive questions and comments for reading assignments for designated “discussion classes” and submit a “discussion card” at the beginning of class.  Portfolios will consist of three revised assignments and a self-evaluation. Students are expected to bring the text and handouts to class and be prepared to participate in discussions and workshops.


Late work:  Students are expected to submit assignments on time according to scheduled due dates.  Late papers will be penalized by half a letter grade lower for every class meeting that the paper is late.


Plagiarism:  Plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Students caught plagiarizing will receive an F for the assignment and will be asked to write another paper for the chance to get a better grade, but the F is still factored into the final grade.  If a student is caught plagiarizing a second time he or she will fail the course.


Attendance:  An attendance record will be taken.  Students are expected to attend all classes.  An excess of three unexcused absences will affect a student’s final grade by 1/3 of a grade per absence.   


Grading:  Students will receive a letter grade based on their major papers, essays, portfolio revision and self-evaluation, discussion cards, and class participation. The major papers will determine 70% of the student’s grade. The two essays will count for 10%. The portfolio revision and self evaluation will also determine 10%. The student’s discussion cards and class participation will together determine the remaining 10%. An “incomplete” grade may only be given when a student has met all of the requirements of the course and has completed all but one assignment.


Class Behavior: Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  Students are expected to come to class on time and not leave the room until the end of class.


UBLearns: Students should regularly check UBLearns for the syllabus, assignment directions, and announcements.