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Composition 3150:Advanced Writing for Science

INDEPENDENT STUDY

 
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Syllabus and Course Schedule

 

Materials required:

Individualized Instruction Courses workbook written by Jane Seybolt.

Communicating Technical Information by Pattow and Wensch.  

Read the following information closely.  You will be held responsible for its contents.

  1.                  There are very specific “due dates” in this course, and you would be wise to adhere to the schedule provided herein.  Doing this will ensure that you complete the class in a timely manner, meet the requirements of the course, and learn the skills that will take you into the workworld.  If you object to “due dates,” then you are not ready for real life professional assignments. Late assignments will be docked 10% of their value per day.

  2.                  Most of our communication will be through email.  Therefore, check your UMD email occasionally, as I may send out announcements to all students which could affect you. 

  3.                  I will also receive assignments through email for your convenience.  If you don’t know how to attach documents through email, find out.  Use Microsoft Word to compose your assignments, so I will be able to read and comment on your assignments if necessary. 

  4.                  If you want to make an appointment with me, please email me to set it up.  My office hours change occasionally, so communicating initially through email is the best way to get an immediate reply.

  5.                  All of the instructions that you need to complete the assignments are contained within the workbook.  Complete the assigned readings for each assignment before you attempt to do them so that you clearly understand the guidelines. 

  6.                  Please label each submission with your name and complete title of assignment.

  7.                  The worksheets, peer reviews, and the library assignment provided in the workbook are intended to aid you in your projects.  Although I am not requiring that you turn these worksheets in, it is in your best interests to study and complete them.

  8.                  Assignments due and point value:  

Assignments Points Your Total Points
1. Diagnostic Essay
5
2. Proposal
10
3. Definitions and Descriptions
10
4. Argument
10
5. Progress Report
5
6. Literature Review
10
7. Instructions
10
8. Executive Summary
5
9. Final Research Report
25
10. Resume/Cover Letter
10
Total Points
100
100

Course Schedule

  ·        Pay attention to the proposed  due dates.  The best way to complete this class in good standing is to do the assignments when they are scheduled.   

Week

Day

Reading Due

Assignment Due

      1

 

Workbook: v-x; xv-xx; Chapter 1: Diagnostic Essay

 

 

      2

 

Workbook: Chapter 2: Proposal and Bibliography

Textbook: Chapter 20, Chapter 6

 

Diagnostic Essay

      3

 

 

 

 

      4

 

Workbook: Chapter 3: Definitions and Descriptions

Textbook: Chapters12, 13, and 14

 

Proposal

      5

 

Workbook: Chapter 4: Argument

Textbook: Chapters 17, 10 and 11

 

Definitions and Description

      6

 

Continue gathering, working, and reading information you need for the argument.

 

 

      7

 

 

 

Argument

      8

 

Workbook: Chapter 5: Progress Report

 

 

      9

 

Textbook: Chapters 22 and 18

 

 

     10

 

Workbook: Chapter 6: Instructions

Textbook: Chapters 23, 19, and 21

 

Progress Report and Literature Review

     11

 

Workbook: Chapter 7: Resume/letter

Textbook: Chapters 28, 27, and 11

Instructions

     12

 

Workbook: Chapter 8: Executive Summary

Textbook: Chapters 15 and 16

 

Executive Summary

     13

 

Workbook: Chapter 9: Research draft with graphics

Textbook: Review Chapter 10

 

 

     14

 

 

 

 

     15

 

 

 

Resume/Letter

     16

 

 

 

Final Research Project

 

Congratulations!  You’ve finished the entire class.