Advanced Composition, Fall 2012

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last update: August 21, 2012


Course and Instructor
English 3130 Advanced Composition, sec. 201, W 5:30-8:20pm, Burleson 304

Instructor: Dr. Kevin O'Donnell, 423 439-6679 
Office: Burleson Hall 313 

Fall 2012 Office Hours: TR 11:15am-12:30pm; MW 12-2pm 


Course Texts

- American Society of Magazine Editors, ed. The Best American Magazine Writing 2011. Columbia U Press, 2011. $16.95. ISBN: 0231159404

- Michael Harvey. The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing. Hackett Pub Co, 2003. ISBN: 0872205738 $4.95

- A grammar handbook of your choice


Five Major Essays
Essay 1: Narrative/ Personal Experience
Essay 2: Tech Writing ("How-to"-- Expository/ Explanatory)
Essay 3: Review/ Criticism
Essay 4: Academic Writing--Writing from Sources
Essay 5: Writing in the nonfiction genre of your choice

Final Grade Breakdown

1. Five major essays of 1250-2000 wds each (the lowest grade, excluding Fs, will be dropped): 40%
2. Best essay, revised for the web: 20%

3. Composition notebook: 15%
4. Miscellaneous short memos (proposals, Wikipedia exercise, etc.): 10%
5. Participation in writing groups, class discussion: 10%

6. Final exam: 5%


Attendance, Due Dates
Attendance: The official English department attendance policy says that if you have more than 3 absences you fail the course.

Due Dates: In general, I do not accept late work.  However, if there are extenuating circumstances, talk to me about them, and I try to make reasonable accomodations.  Also, if you miss a draft day, you will not get credit for the draft.  If you must miss a day on which a final essay is due, email me the essay ahead of time, then bring a hard copy to the following class period.