Policy Statement

English 250: Advanced Oral and Written Communication

Professor:  Matt King (he, him, his)
Email:  mrking@sbu.edu
Phone:  716.375.2457
Office Hours:  Monday 1:30-2:30, Wednesday 1:30-3:30, and by appointment
Office Location:  Plassmann D6
Class Website:  https://mattrking.com/courses/e250

Program Outcomes for Composition Courses
Outcome 1:  Students will develop a composing process that focuses on the production of writing/presentations across multiple drafts and strategies for research, invention, revision, editing, peer review, and reflection.
Outcome 2: Students will produce writing/presentations that address concerns of audience and purpose, both in terms of the conventions and standards of academic communication and in terms of framing speech and writing as social forces.
Outcome 3: Students will compose writing/presentations in different genres and in multiple media that respond to a variety of academic, professional, and social situations.

Professional and Creative Writing Major Objectives

  • Write effective texts in different genres and in multiple media to respond to a variety of professional and creative needs.
  • Construct their own professional identities as writers, readers, and researchers who can make valuable contributions in a variety of professional settings.
  • Interpret cultural, political, and historical situations using specific theories from rhetorical, literary, and writing studies.
  • Display the ethical commitment of writers to improve society.

Course Description
A course grounded in the practical application of principles of effective oral and written communication in various rhetorical situations. Course assignments emphasize professional and advanced academic writing and presentations with an emphasis on disciplinary analysis and conventions. (Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent; 3 credits)

Course goals:

  • Develop a productive and effective composing process that focuses on the production of text and presentations across multiple drafts as well as strategies for research, invention, revision, editing, peer review, and reflection;
  • Produce writing and presentations that effectively address concerns of audience and purpose, both in terms of the conventions of academic and professional communication and in terms of framing writing as a force for social change and social action;
  • Attend to concerns of delivery so that you can effectively communicate in written, visual, oral, and digital texts and platforms;
  • Study and analyze significant events and debates in a community relevant to you drawing on terms and concepts from rhetorical theory and literacy studies.

Coursework and Grading
• Innovation Paper – 10%
• Debate Paper – 20%
• Ethics Paper – 10%
• Presentation 1 – 15%
• Presentation 2 – 15%
• Video – 15%
• Debate Paper Reflection – 5%
• Video Reflection – 5%
• Short Assignments & Participation – 5%

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

Paper 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

Late Work.  I tend to be flexible concerning late work if you let me know ahead of time. I would rather you spend the time you need to succeed with your writing if you need an extra day or two beyond the deadline to achieve that. That being said, excessive or unexcused late work will not be acceptable, and I reserve the right to penalize late work in such circumstances (generally, such penalties will be a letter grade for every day an assignment is late). If circumstances prevent you from being able to submit an assignment on time, you should discuss the situation with me ahead of time. The exception here is presentations; on presentation days, you need to be on time and ready to go.

AttendanceYou should arrive to class on time with all assigned readings and papers for the day completed. You are allowed four absences throughout the semester without a grade penalty. If you have 5-6 absences, you cannot score higher than the B range for your semester average; if you have 7-8 absences, you cannot score higher than the C range; if you have 9-10 absences, you cannot score higher than the D range. If you have 11 or more absences, you will receive an F for the semester. For every 3 instances of tardiness, you will incur 1 absence. If you only have 0-1 absences, you will receive a 1/3 letter grade bonus on your semester average.

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.

Academic Integrity
Academic dishonesty is inconsistent with the moral character expected of students in a University committed to the spiritual and intellectual growth of the whole person. It also subverts the academic process by distorting all measurements. A list of unacceptable practices and procedures to be followed in prosecuting cases of alleged academic dishonesty may be found in the Student Handbook and here.

Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Disability Support Services Office (Doyle 26, 716-375-2066) as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. Documentation from this office is required before accommodations can be made. Please see the official SBU Student with Disabilities policy here.

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.


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