English 191, sect. 1: Introduction to Rhetorical & Analytical Writing

Fall, 2002

Class meeting: 9-9:50 MWRF, R-202.

Instructor: Dr. Philip Keith; Office: R207; tel. 255-3189; e-mail: PMKEITH@stcloudstate.edu; Office Hr.: 10 MWRF & by appt.

Required Texts:

Robert Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population , ed. by Philip Appleman. Norton, 1976

Alec Fisher, The logic of real arguments. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1988.

Ann Raimes, Keys for Writers, a Brief Handbook , 3rd ed. Houghton-Mifflin, 1999.

Class Notebook: 3-sections for reading notes, class log, research project log

Deadline for Withdrawal with a "W": Tuesday Oct. 22.

Final Exam: 1:00 - 3:30 Monday Dec. 13.

Objectives: This course operates under objectives defined by both the general education program and the English department. As a general education course, it aims to contribute to your learning in 1) basic academic skills (writing, effective and critical reading, speaking, and library research), 2) interdisciplinary awareness, 3) critical thinking, 4) awareness of values. As an English department course, it aims to provide practice in 1) preparing college-level papers that are mechanically correct and in standard format, 2) developing and organizing writing according to various structures and strategies (attending to audience and purpose as well as formal structure), 3) improving your work through self evaluation and revision, 4) addressing varied kinds of writing assignments and approaches to them (summarizing, exploring, analyzing, arguing), 5) developing a research/documented project and paper. St. Cloud State requires that all major programs require an upper-division writing course or equivalent, and this course is the university's first step in your development toward being able to satisfy that graduation requirement.


1. Academic honesty: any work that you submit is your own work. This does not prevent you from getting feedback on your efforts, and some of the assignments will be group projects. Issues of plagiarism will be reviewed and discussed in the course.

2. Attendance: you are responsible for information and materials covered in any class you miss. Up to four classes may be missed without any impact on your grade. It is departmental course policy that missing more than 15 classes automatically results in failing or withdrawal (on or before March 8). As a practical matter, I strongly recommend you phone or e-mail me in advance if you will be missing class to let me know how intend to get information/turn-in assignments, etc.

3. Extensions for due-dates: normally, extensions are given only for documented health reasons. Exceptions are negotiable only in advance of the due-date with a written (paper or e-mail) proposal.

4. Attitude: the primary purpose of this course is learning to function at a college-level in research writing, not getting the highest grade for the least work. I will not collaborate with behavior that obstructs this primary purpose.

5. Graded Assignments (tentative): 220 possible Total

a. Research paper project: 100 points

b. 3 Short papers: 30 points

c. Group projects: 20 points

d. Final exam: 50 points

e. Quizzes and other activities: 10 points

f. Attitude/contribution: 10 points

6. Computer communication and computer-based activities: you are required to have an e-mail account for this course to facilitate communication. Some of the work in this course will be done and submitted through WebCT, an instructional program for which you need to have a Husky-Net ID.

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