This page offers a brief summary of the syllabus. The complete syllabus is also available on this website.
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
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%
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.
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.
- Graff, G., & Birkenstein, C. They Say, I Say. (2007) New York: W. W. Norton and Company. (978-0393933611)
- Lunsford, A. Easy Writer with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates: A Pocket Reference. (2011). Boston: Bedford/Martin’s. (9780312650315)
- Mukherjee, S. The Best American Science and Nature Writing: 2013. (2013.) New York: Mariner Books. (978-0544003439 )
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 is penalized according to the following scale:
- Up to 24 hours (1 day): -5%
- 24-48 hours (2 days): -30%
- 3-5 days: -10% for each additional day.
- More than 5 days: no credit.
All Research Summaries and Essays must contain the following information. Missing information will be penalized in the following manner:
Name (upper left corner): 2 points
Date (upper left corner): 2 points
Rhetoric 309k (upper left corner): 2 points
Title: top center: 2 points
Page numbers: 2 points
- RS: 1.5 spaced, Times New Roman or Garamond fonts: 2 points
- Essay: 1.5 spaced, Times New Roman or Garamond fonts: 2 points
- Note: essays written in more than one font will receive a 7-point penalty.
Proper APA Citation:
- Every submitted paper must have references to be accepted. Missing references result in resubmission, plus a 10% penalty.
- Research Summary Citation: Above title
- Essay citation: On “references” page
- Formatting errors: -1 point for each error
- Content errors: -3 points for each error
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.
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.