Technical Writing   Spring 2013 Tentative Syllabus

 

Dates

Subjects to be covered

Additional tasks

Week 1

February 11-15

1. Introduction to the course

Read about plagiarism (student’s handout pp. 83-85).


Sample Paper APA format

Week 2

February 18-21

2. Background to Writing (pp. 1-10)

a. The writing process

b. Expository writing

c. Academic writing: The research paper
d. A sample research paper


For Week 3

-- Bring three topics for your research paper (Suggested topics).

--Buy 30 index cards at the Department.

Week 3

Feb 25-Mar 1

3. Borrowing information from other sources (pp.43-49)

a. Research and writing (sources of information)
b. Primary and secondary sources

c. Information media

d. The Internet

For Week 4

-- Bring eight bibliography cards (use index cards) and eight articles for your research paper. 

Week 4

March 4-8

3. Borrowing information from other sources (pp.50-55)

            e. Paraphrasing (Paraphrasing exercises)

For Week 5

-- Bring 10 paraphrased notes (use index cards) for your research paper. 

In–class writing:  a paraphrase (10%)

Week 5

March 11-15

3. Borrowing information from other sources (pp.50-55)

e. Paraphrasing (continues)

f. Summarizing (Summarizing exercises)

For Week 6

-- Bring 10 more paraphrased notes (use index cards) for your research paper. 

Week 6

March 18-22

Midterm I (A summary=20%)

 

Week 7

March 25-30

4. Taking ideas from sources

5. Using references and quotations

 

Week 8

April 1-5

6. Learning about visual information

7. Learning about outline (pp. 73-75)

 

Week 9

April 8-12

8. Writing your research paper

     a. Develop your thesis

     b. Write your introduction

 

Week 10
April 15-19

     c. Write your outline

By now, you must have finished reading and underlining all of your articles. Show them to your instructor.

Week 11

April 22-26

     d. Write the 1st half of your body paragraphs

Write your research paper by looking at your outline and note cards.

Week 12

April 29 - May 3

Midterm II (A mini research paper = 30%)

(sample exam)
(another sample with a solution)
(yet another controlled research paper)

Week 13

May 6-10

     e. Write the last part of your body paragraphs

Write your research paper by looking at your outline and note cards.

Weeks 14-15

May 13-24

11. Research Paper Format

a. Title Page

b. Outline (one page)

c. Body of the paper (five pages)

d. Works cited (one page)

YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WORK ON YOUR RESEARCH PAPER OUT OF CLASS.

Finish your research paper.  (Paper format and rules)

Your research paper will be written in class so make sure you bring everything you need to every class. Everything you do related to your paper will be kept by your instructor.

Material
1.   30 index cards
2.   The material indicated above (you can get printouts or photocopies)

Grading

 

1.

Paraphrase

10%

2.

Midterm 1

20%

3.

Midterm 2

30%

4.

Final Research Paper

40%

Resources
Modern Language association web page: www.mla.org
http://193.140.122.139

 

Attendance:  You may not miss more than 12 hrs.