2010_Fall_HUM_101H_Revised_Provisional_Syllabus

2010_Fall_HUM_101H_Revised_Provisional_Syllabus - OSullivan...

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O’Sullivan HUM 101H Syllabus Fall 2010 WRITING, SPEAKING. THINKING I Instructor: William O’Sullivan email: osullivan@adm.njit.edu Tel. X6303 (973-596- 6303) Office: Cullimore 115 Office Hours: Friday, 1:30PM to 3:30PM or by appointment Required Text: Brecht, The Life of Galileo . Example of Science. ( Companion website: http:/njitwrc.pbworks.com) McGraw Hill Guide, Writing for College, Writing for Life (on-line text) Criterion On Line Writing Evaluation Writing Evaluation Service (on-line) HUM 101H, English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I . This course focuses on developing written and oral communication skills with an emphasis on expository and research essays including drafting, revising and editing as well as evaluating and properly documenting source material. Oral communication will be practiced in the form of debates. Research . One of the most important skills associated with writing persuasive, analytical papers or reports, whether for school, industry or government, is the ability to do proper research. In order to put students on the right path to acquire or improve this skill, the staff of the Van Houten Library sponsors the Research Roadmap Workshop Series. This program entails both on line assignments and face to face meetings with library staff. Students must complete all portions of the program to get credit. Students who fail to do so will lose 10% on their final grade. They must also repeat the program successfully before taking their next Humanities course. The reference librarian will keep strict records of attendance and student performance in the workshop exercises. Instructions and information are located on the Library homepage. Students are expected to sign up for these workshops themselves. In connection with this workshop, students will also be expected to develop an Annotated Bibliography on a topic to be assigned by the instructor. The program will count for at least 10% of the course grade. Texts . Employing the Example of Science as the course text, HUM 101 approaches the art of writing through reading. The operative theory, substantiated by experience, is that the more college-level material students read the better they are able to write, again at the college level. Most of the writing demanded in this course falls under the heading of “expository prose,” i.e., prose which attempts to explain, analyze and sometimes, persuade. Expository writing requires time, concentration, patience, and practice. The same is true of reading expository texts. Thus, the course readings demand active engagement on the part of students. These aim to stimulate the intellect and pique the interest of the reader. Jean Paul Sartre, the French philosopher, novelist, and playwright, remarked that the writing process is not complete until the text is read
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