Research Writing Methods
Fall Term—August 23, 2002-November 2, 2002
Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 10:10 p.m.
Ms. Susan Streeter
Office Hours: Friday 5:00-5:50 p.m. (or by appointment)
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will receive instruction in formulating research topics, conducting research, and writing papers which marshal support from secondary sources. They will also learn to read and understand research reports, to analyze and interpret results, and develop in-depth, research-based papers centering on topics in their academic disciplines.
Textbook: Hacker, Diana. (1999), A Writer’s Reference: Fourth Edition Updated with APA’s 2001 Guidelines. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
Course Requirements and grading:
Attendance—Students are expected to attend class. Absences, partial absences, and tardies 5%
will affect grade (see below).
Classroom responsibilities—Students will participate in classroom discussions, writing work- 15%
-shop process including prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, discussion
peer and teacher conferences, quizzes, etc. There is no make-up for classroom
Formal writing—Four polished pieces of writing: 70%
Review of the literature—20%
Documented argumentative research-supported essay—30%
Semester Exam—Oral presentation of essential information from research, including 10% visual representations
ALL work is due on the scheduled due date. Failure to meet that deadline will result in a penalty of one letter grade. NO work will be accepted later than one week after the due date. The final documented research essay will NOT be accepted late.
Everyone begins with an attendance grade of 100. No absences or tardies means a grade of 100, worth 5% of the semester grade. Since the class meets eleven times, any one absence is worth nine points. Leaving class at the break (or first arriving after the break) will be counted as one-half of an absence. Tardies (within the first ten minutes of class) will carry a two-point penalty and be applied within the same grade; after fifteen minutes, it will be considered half an absence. In-class essays may NOT be made up.
All papers should be written using a computer, applying APA guidelines for format, internal documentation, and reference page.
Assignments and readings must be completed for the week on which they are listed. Accountability for reading will be through discussion, in-class essays, and quizzes. Syllabus is tentative and may be changed at instructor’s discretion.
--bring in one example of an editorial, primarily persuasive, article which uses research to underpin position and one example of informative, primarily research-based, article. Be prepared to discuss ways in which research is integrated into the content of your articles and what research adds.
--Locate 5-10 sources related to research topic (maximum 3 from on-line)
--revised editorial due
--dialectical notes on two of your sources, bibliographic entries from others
--choose topic for rest of semester work (email to instructor if not submitted in
Week 5, September 20—Typed draft of Research Proposal due (include drafts, copies of internet articles)
Week 6, September 27—Polished Research Proposal due (second library visit)
Week 7, October 4—Typed draft of Review of the Literature due
Week 8, October 11—Typed, polished Review of the Literature due
Week 9, October 18—Typed draft of research essay due
Week 10, October 27—Final, polished research essay due (include proposal, review of literature, rough drafts, internet articles, research essay and self-assessment in 8 ˝ X 11 manila envelope; do NOT use folders)
Week 11, November 4—Final presentations due
v Students enrolled at Wayland Baptist University should make every effort to attend all class meetings. All absences must be explained to the satisfaction of the instructor, who will decide whether the omitted work may be made up.
v Any student who misses twenty-five percent or more of the regularly scheduled class meetings will receive a grade of F for that course. (This means more than two classes.)
v For every week of absence during a regular term--one class--a student’s final grade may be lowered by one letter grade.
v When a student reaches a number of absences considered by the instructor to be excessive, the instructor will so advise the student and file an Unsatisfactory Progress Report in the office of the instructor’s division chairperson.
v Three tardies may be considered as one absence.
v Additional attendance policies for each course, as defined by the instructor in the course syllabus, are part of Wayland’s absence policy.
v If an instructor fails to appear or fails to send notification of her arrival within the first ten minutes of a class period, students may leave without incurring an absence.
v A student may petition the Academic Counsel for exceptions to the above stated policies.