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Fall 2013 Course Descriptions

English 3001  Advanced Composition (6 Sections)

Sections 001 & 003        CRN 90764 & 90766
Advanced Composition     0800-0915 TR & 1100-1215 TR 

This course aims to build on and refine existing writing skills. Students will pursue a number of sequenced writing projects and exercises (project proposals, peer reviews, literature review, planning notes, etc.). The semester's work will culminate in a research assignment in each student's major area. The course design assumes students will be self-motivated, and work independently as well as with others by assisting classmates in their work and accepting their commentary in the process of prewriting, writing and revision. (Group 1)

Sections 002 & 006      CRN 90765 & 90769
Advanced Composition     0900-0950 MWF & 1200-1250 MWF

We will practice the art of the sentence, the paragraph, and the essay, with as much room for improvement as a semester allows. Some writing will be on assigned topics; some, on topics of your devising. Some writing will be for a specific audience; some, for an imagined general reader. Some writing will be practical; some will involve the mind at play. All work in the course will emphasize revision as a necessary practice in writing. (I’ve made fifteen small revisions in writing this description.) The possibilities for our writing will come from reading: about culture, education, and technology.

In the world beyond college, you’ll be the one responsible for the shape your writing skills are in. This course offers you an opportunity to get those skills in better shape now.

Requirements: The course will require dedicated daily work (reading and talking) and considerable writing.(Group 1)

Section 004      CRN 90767
Advanced Composition     0930-1045 TR

A writing course is more useful and interesting if it has a central focus; ours will be the world of work, especially your own future career. More specifically, students will study and write about the effects of gender, race and social class in “professional” workplaces, that is, the kind of work environments in which most EIU students will find themselves after graduation. Students in this course will improve both their writing skills and their understanding of key elements of their own future professional lives. Because we will have a smaller group than those in most EIU courses, individual writing problems will receive close attention, both from the instructor and from classmates. Requirements: regular quizzes, graded peer reviews, two short essays, an extensive research project, and a final exam.(Group 1)

Section 005      CRN 93601
Jad Smith
Advanced Composition     1400-1515 TR

This advanced course covers a range of academic and professional writing and requires the development of skills in the following areas: analysis and critical thinking; review of scholarly literature in a discipline; collaboration and peer review; oral and visual communication; résumé and letter writing; and portfolio construction. Students will be expected to complete a variety of writing tasks; to give oral presentations; to read and discuss challenging academic texts, as well as take mid-term and final exams. (Group 1)