Advanced Composition, Fall 2013, O'Donnell

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last update: August 26, 2013


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 2013 Office Hours: TR 11:15am-12:30pm; MW 12-2pm


Course Texts

- American Society of Magazine Editors.  The Best American Magazine Writing 2012.  Columbia University Press, 2012.  ISBN: 0231162235  $16.95 

- 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: 30%

3. Miscellaneous short memos (proposals, Wikipedia exercise, etc.): 10%
4. Final exam: 10%

5. Composition notebook: 5%
6. Participation in writing groups, class discussion: 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.