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This page offers a brief summary of the syllabus. The complete syllabus is also available on this website.

Course Information

Course Name: Rhetoric & Writing
Course Number: RHE 309K (44665)
Semester: Fall 2014
Time: Tues/Thurs 2:00 - 3:30
Room: GEA 114

Instructor Contact Information

Hannah Alpert-Abrams
office hours: Tuseday 3:30-4:30 and Wednesday 11-1, or by appointment
office: FAC16
email: halperta@gmail.com
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General Information


You will be graded on the following assignments this term:

Research Summaries: 10%  
	Scientific article analysis
	Popular article analysis
	Interview prep worksheet
	Research proposal
Rhetorical Analysis: 20%
	Rhetorical Analysis 1.1: 10%  
	Rhetorical Analysis 1.2: 10%   
Portfolio drafts: 40%
	Interview: 5%
	Researcher Profile: 10%
	Blog: 5%
	Op-Ed: 10%
	Feature: 10%  
Final Portfolio: 20%  
Final Presentations: 10%  

Major Assignments

Students will write and revise one 4-7 page analytic essay. They will write and revise a publishing portfolio containing one interview profile and three articles. They will also complete a research proposal, an interview preparation worksheet, and two short writing assignments. They will also present their research to the class.

Accomodation Statement

This course takes seriously accessibility for all students. If there are circumstances that may affect your performance in this class, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can work together to develop strategies for adapting assignments to meet both your needs and the requirement of the course.

Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodations should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 512-471-6259 (voice) or 1-866-329-3986 (video phone) as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations. More information is available online at http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd. If you do not have a documented disability, remember that other support services, including the Writing Center, are available to all students.

Course Specifics



This class will use the university plus/minus grading scale for assignment and final grades.

A	=	94-100  
A-	=	90-93  
B+	=	87-89  
B	=	84-86  
B-	=	80-83  
C+	=	77-79  
C	=	74-76  
C-	=	70-73  
D+	=	67-69  
D	=	64-66  
D-	=	60-63  
F	=	0-60  

Late Work

Late Work: Late work is penalized according to the following scale:


All Research Summaries and Essays must contain the following information. Missing information will be penalized in the following manner:

Course Policies

Attendance Policy

You are expected to attend class, to arrive on time, to have prepared assigned reading and writing, and to participate in all in-class editing, revising, and discussion sessions. Should you miss the equivalent of five class sessions, excused or not, you will fail the course.

This is a departmental policy. See the complete syllabus for a more detailed attendance policy.


If you miss roll call, you are responsible for making sure your attendance is marked. Three cases of extreme tardiness (10 minutes or more) will count as an absence.

Scholastic Honesty, Plagiarism, and Collusion

Turning in work that is not your own, or any other form of scholastic dishonesty, will result in a major course penalty, possibly failure of the course. This standard applies to all drafts and assignments, and a report of the incident will be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students and filed in your permanent UT record.

See the complete syllabus for a more detailed scholastic honesty and plagiarism policy.

Writing Flag

This course carries the Writing Flag. Writing Flag courses are designed to give students experience with writing in an academic discipline. In this class, you can expect to write regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback from your instructor to help you improve your writing. You will also have the opportunity to revise one or more assignments, and you will be asked to read and discuss your peers’ work. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from your written work. Writing Flag classes meet the Core Communications objectives of Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility, established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.