Policy Statement

Professor: Matt King (he, him, his; more on pronouns here and here)
Email: mrking@sbu.edu
Phone: 716.375.2457
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 2:30-4:00 and by appointment
Office Location: Plassmann D6
Class Website: https://mattrking.com/courses/e102/

University Writing and Communication Goal
University Learning Goal 3:  Students will develop competence in multimodal communication with special emphasis on oral, written, and digital communication, including an understanding of key issues relating to their use.

Learning Objectives

  1. Students identify and respond to contexts using appropriate processes and modes of delivery.
  2. Students use effective content and approaches to organization, style, and design that are appropriate for the discipline and genre of communication.
  3. Students demonstrate control of syntax and mechanics by using language that communicates with clarity, fluency, and minimal errors.

Course Description
A composition course emphasizing writing as academic discourse, with attention to academic argumentation and expectations for research, structure, and style. Course assignments emphasize intensive research and disciplinary conventions, as well as professional and digital communication. (3 credits)

Course Goals
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced writing process with attention to academic research, argumentation, structure, and style;
  • Understand writing as a disciplinary endeavor;
  • Analyze texts in terms of disciplinary conventions;
  • Document sources in standard academic formats;
  • Produce writing that addresses different audiences and purposes and makes use of different modalities.
  • Deliver content through advanced digital media and modes.

Class Texts
– Bullock, Brody, and Weinberg. The Little Seagull Handbook, 3rd ed.
– Other readings made available online as needed.

Unit 1 Work
• Public Analysis – 3%
• Public Research – 7%
• Academic Analysis – 3%
• Academic Research – 7%
Paper 1 – Identity Analysis = 25%
Paper 2 – Theorizing Identity = 20%
Paper 3 – Digital Writing = 15%
Short Assignments = 5%
Participation = 15%

Unit 1 Work and the Papers are graded based on the quality of your work; rubrics will be provided to help clarify assignment expectations. Short Assignments will receive a completion grade; we have five such assignments, each worth 1 point. Participation is based on your preparedness for class and participation in class activities; as explained below, attendance can also affect your participation grade.

Late Work. I am pretty flexible concerning late work as long as you let me know ahead of time. I would rather you spend the time you need on your writing in order to succeed, and if you need an extra day or two beyond the deadline to achieve that, I want you to take advantage of that time. That being said, excessive or unexcused late work will not be acceptable; in such circumstances, late work will be penalized as follows: late Papers will lose a letter grade, Unit 1 work will lose points, and Short Assignments will not receive credit. If circumstances prevent you from being able to submit an assignment on time, you should discuss the situation with me at least 24 hours in advance.

Attendance. You should arrive to class on time with all assigned readings and papers completed. You are allowed three absences throughout the semester without a grade penalty. After three absences, each absence will deduct 2 points from your participation grade (i.e., with four absences, you cannot get higher than 13 pts for participation; with five absences, you cannot get higher than 11 pts). If you have more than eight absences, you will automatically fail the course. Tardiness can also contribute to your absences; every 3 instances of tardiness will count as an absence. If you arrive to class more than 15 minutes late or leave more than 15 minutes early, you will be counted absent.

This policy does not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences except for athletes or other students with official university responsibilities. For athletes, students who provide documentation for absences related to athletic competitions will be excused for all such absences. Student athletes can also miss two more class periods throughout the semester without a grade penalty. If you have three or more unexcused (non-athletic) absences throughout the semester, then all your absences will be counted toward the attendance policy.

+/- Grades. Plus and minus grades will be used in awarding final grades for this course. The letter-to-percentage conversion is given below.

Assignment Grades
A+ = 98.5  A = 95   A- = 91.5
B+ = 88.5  B = 85   B- = 81.5
C+ = 78.5  C = 75   C- = 71.5
D+ = 68.5  D = 65   D- = 61.5
F = 55

Semester Average
A = 93-100 A- = 90-93
B+ = 87-90 B = 83-87 B- = 80-83
C+ = 77-80 C = 73-77 C- = 70-73
D+ = 67-70 D = 63-67 D- = 60-63
F = Less than 60

Student Success Center
Revising and responding to feedback will be an invaluable and necessary part of your development as a writer this semester. Toward this end, you are strongly encouraged to visit me during office hours and to visit the Student Success Center on the first floor of Plassmann Hall to meet with a writing tutor. Bring your work with you to your appointment.

Academic Honesty
The writing you submit for our class should be your own; when you draw on the work of others, you should acknowledge it and include appropriate citations. Instances of plagiarism can result in failed assignments and potentially failure of the course. A list of unacceptable practices and procedures to be followed in prosecuting cases of alleged academic dishonesty can be found here.

Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities who feel they need academic accommodations should contact Adriane Spencer (aspencer@sbu.edu), Director of Disability Support Services Office, 100D Plassmann Hall (Student Success Center), 716-375-2065. Please reach out early in the semester so that they can assist you as soon as possible. Documentation from the Disability Support Services Office is required before I can make accommodations.

Email will serve as an official means of communication for this class, and you should check the email account you have registered with the university regularly. Feel free to email me with your questions and concerns.

Title IX
Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources at the Health and Wellness Center or at the Campus Safety Office. For on-campus reporting, see the Title IX Coordinator (Sharon Burke, Director of Human Resources) and Residence Life Staff (RAs, RDs, and other professional staff). The University’s policy and procedures regarding gender-based and sexual misconduct can be found online.

In the event of an emergency, call Campus Safety at 716-375-2525 or contact Nichole Gonzalez, Residential Living and Conduct, 716-375-2572, ngonzale@sbu.edu. Be aware that most university employees are mandated reporters.

Other Concerns
If you have any other concerns that affect your ability to succeed in this course – for example, affording costs related to the class, having regular shelter and food, dealing with mental health issues, etc. – please let me know, and I will do what I can to help.