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Syllabus - EAPR 250 Research Essay and Rhetoric Fall 2010...

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EAPR 250 () Research Essay and Rhetoric Fall, 2010 Dates : Sept. 1—Dec. 3, 2010 Days and Times : Mon/Wed, 2:35-3;55 Classroom : Burnside Hall, Room 708 Instructor : Dr. Noreen Bider Office Hours : Monday 1:35-2:15 or by appointment Office : 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Room 268 Phone : 514-398-4172 E-mail : During term, please use "myCourses." Outside of term: [email protected] mcgill.ca Course Description and Objectives : The general purpose of this course is to enable students whose first language is English, or who have near to native speaker proficiency, to communicate more clearly, concisely, and coherently in writing in general, but particularly in academic writing. By the end of this course, students will have understood, practised, developed, and applied the following aspects of scholarly reading, writing, research, rhetoric, and critical thinking: how to identify, analyse, and critique various genres of writing in relation to audience, purpose, organization, and style how to plan, organize, draft, and edit shorter forms of academic writing, including summaries and critical analyses of texts how to use library resources to research and develop longer academic essays (10-12 pages) how to revise and edit one's own and others' written assignments how to engage in logical reasoning and critical thinking crucial to the development of sound arguments; how to identify of logical fallacies and other argumentative weaknesses how to employ the rules and conventions of English grammar, the mechanics of punctuation; how to exploit the intimate relationship between form and content how to control grammar and punctuation so as to facilitate precision of meaning how to choose vocabulary, organize materials, and create a "persona" so as to influence a target audience how to present and format academic essays properly how to cite sources properly according to at least one scholarly system of documentation. Writing assignments will include a Library Article Summary, an Article Critique, a Research Paper, a Research Log and Annotated Bibliography, two In-Class Compositions, and a final Grammar and Punctuation Test. Attendance and Participation will constitute ten percent of the final grade (please read the “Requirements” section for further details).
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Required Text : Troyka, Lynn Quitman, and Douglas Hesse, with Cy Strom. Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers . 5 th Canadian Edition. Toronto: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009. This handbook has been ordered through The Word Bookshop, 469 Milton Street (514-845- 5640), and can be purchased by cash or cheque only. The Word is open during the following hours: Mon.-Wed., 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; Sat.. 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Evaluation : Library Article Summary ( LAS* ) 10% (350-500 words max.) Article Critique ( AC* ) 10% (500-1000 words max.) Statement of Proposal and Annotated Bibliography 5% Research Paper ( RP* ) 25% (2500 – 3000 words max.) 2 In-class Compositions ( ICC ) 30% (15% each) Grammar and Punctuation Test 10% Attendance and Participation 10% *For the LAS and the AC, students will receive detailed audio feedback on a first draft.
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