SYLLABUS

Dr. Loretta Kasper

 

English 24 D22F ó Spring, 2001

 

1:50-2:50 PM Mon D-214, Tues M-220, Thurs D-214

 

Office: C-219

Phone: 368-5373

Email: eng24kcc@yahoo.com

  

REQUIRED TEXTS:

         Manís Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

         Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi

         In a Different Voice by Carol Gilligan

         Writing Research Papers: A Guide to the Process (6 th edition) by Stephen Weidenborner and Dominick Caruso

ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO BUY THESE BOOKS. YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO CLASS WITHOUT YOUR TEXTBOOKS.

ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION:

Regular attendance and participation are required. You are expected to be in class ON TIME every day. Class begins promptly at 1:50PM.

You will be considered excessively absent if you miss more than six classes. If you are exceed six hours of absence or if you are excessively late, you will be asked to withdraw from the class.

In addition, if you are late 3 times, it will count as ONE absence.

COURSE ACTIVITIES:

English 24 teaches you the research process.In this course you will learn how to choose a topic of interest, find research sources, both print and electronic, critically analyze those sources, and write up the results of your research in a formal report.

We will explore how to find sources in the library and on the Internet.Each Tuesday, class will meet in Computer Lab M-214.You will learn how to search for informational sources on the Internet and how to evaluate the validity and reliability of those sources. Be sure to bring 2 formatted floppy disks to computer lab each Tuesday.

You will base your research on issues found in the various course texts. These issues span a range of subject areas, including psychology, sociology, economics, history and others.I encourage you to choose a subject area of interest and to focus your research in that area.

GRADES:

Your grade will be based upon successful completion of each of the activities in the course as follows:

         Each week you will be required to write a reader response to an assigned text

         You will write summaries at various stages of your research

         You will produce drafts of each section of your research project

         There will be a midterm exam

         There will be a final exam

Course Participation is very important and counts for 30% of your grade. The more active the role you take in the course, the more you will learn. Course participation is made up of class discussions, as well as written reader responses and summaries.

The Research Project counts for 30% of your grade. This project represents the sum total of all you have learned in the course. You must hand in all drafts and the completed research project on the assigned due dates. Writing the Research Project will be an ONGOING process over the course of the entire semester.

The Midterm and Final Exams EACH count for 20% of your grade. These exams will cover the issues discussed in the course texts and will assess your understanding of these issues.