oUnit I: An argumentative writing diagnostic essay during Week 1 AND a reflective and/or experiential narrative that may incorporate observational evidence (3 pages or 750-1000 words).oUnit II: A piece of writing that puts textual materials (at least one of which is a written text) in conversation and engages in summary, evaluation, and analysis (4-5 pages or 1000-1250 words)oUnit III:A piece of writing that makes a claim and that incorporates multiple outside texts (4-6 pages or 1000-1500 words)Oral Communication: Each student will complete one formal collaborative oral presentation and one individual formal oral presentation. Students will also frequently be asked to share ideas, writing, summaries of group discussions, and responses to assignments or class activities with the rest of the class. Class Participation and Collaborative Work: Students will work collaboratively with their classmates throughout the semester on a variety of activities both in and out of class,which may include oral presentations, peer review, discussion board topics, and other assignments. End of course portfolio:Students will be asked to compile at least three pieces of writing that demonstrate student learning and compose a text that reflects on the student’s process of thinking, writing, and learning over the course of the semester. These components will be submitted via Blackboard’s Content System in the Portfolio section and will be shared with the instructor. This portfolio will be evaluated as an integral part of the student’s final grade. Students cannot exit UNIV 111 without successful completion of a portfolio.Required Course Materials:You must have all of these materials to be successful in the class. Hacker, Diana and Nancy Sommers. A Writer’s Reference, Seventh Edition with Writing in the Disciplines and Multimodal Projects Hayden McNeil Custom Reader: Evolving Ideas:Focused Inquiry, VCU 2013-2014 EditionSalt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss (2013 Summer Reading)Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?by Phillip K. Dick (2014 Winter Reading)VCU email account/Blackboard account and reliable DAILY access to those accounts.
Course Grading:Weight of course components in final grade:Core Assignments (major unit assignments, oral presentation, and portfolio) 60%Other Course Work: 20%Class Attendance and Active Class Participation: 20%Please note: Failure to turn in an electronic “learning portfolio” of coursework at the end of the term will result in failure of the course. Students must earn a D or better in UNIV 111 to enter UNIV 112. COURSE POLICIES:Focused Inquiry Program Attendance Policy: UNIV 111 requires prepared, active participation during class sessions. While attendance is mandatory, students should not expect to do well simply by attending.