English 330: Interdisciplinary Writing

English 330: Interdisciplinary Writing Catalog Description

Individual and collaborative writing that integrates research from a variety of disciplines. Students will work on projects that incorporate various forms of research, including electronic, and which result in both oral presentations and academic papers. Each section will be based on a theme appropriate for interdisciplinary research and writing.


Dr. Clifton Justice

Welcome! As you settle into our class, please understand that regular and effective communication between you and me is essential to your success as a learner. Remember, I am not with you throughout most of your learning experience and, therefore, will be unaware of many of your challenges and struggles unless you bring them to my attention. As a university student, you must take accountability for your learning and understand how to effectively communicate with me. I look forward to learning with you!

Student Learning Outcomes:

By the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of interdisciplinary writing;
  • determine an appropriate focus for written and oral projects;
  • practice a variety of research approaches;
  • integrate sources from multiple disciplines into a single coherent argument;
  • deliver an organized presentation that engages the audience;
  • make use of feedback to revise their argument;
  • revise drafts of their written texts until they are coherent, fully developed, and conform to academic conventions.

Communication Policy

Email: clifton.justice@csuci.edu
Cell Phone: 818/458/3682
Office: BT 1139
Office Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 8:30 - 9 @ Broome 2680

  • Also, alternate appointment times, including immediately following class and virtual appointments, can be arranged by contacting the professor.
  • Email is the preferred and quickest way to reach me, but I may be reached through my phone, if it is an emergency.
  • I agree to respond to your inquiries within 24 hours during the week (Mon-Fri). I take breaks on the weekend. :) While I may respond quickly on the weekend too, it is not guaranteed.
  • If you don't hear from me within 24 hours, assume I didn't receive your message (issues do occur with technology!) and contact me again.

Reading List

All readings are available on CIKeys or through the Broome Library databases. Readings are listed and in some cases linked on the class project pages found on the course homepage on CIKeys. If you need help in using the library databases, please let me know or contact one of the librarians for assistance.

Reading the class material is critical to your success in this class. You are expected to make use of required reading sources in your writing.


  • Laptop computer/Tablet (Broome library has computers for check out);
  • Writing and reading assignments, both in and out of class;
  • Collaborative work with other students;
  • Documentation of sources;
  • Campus email, access to CI Learn and CIKeys Wordpress blog.

Technical Support

If you run into technical problems in this course, you should try the following:

  • Clear your browser’s cache.
  • Try a different browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome).
  • Shut down and restart your computer.
  • Contact the University Help desk helpdesk@csuci.edu or 805-437-8552.

Principles of Learning

  • You will learn only as much, or little, as you choose to learn.
  • Each of you has a unique learning style, so not every assignment will appeal to everyone--but the variety should provide you with a chance to show what you're capable of doing.
  • The more often you collaborate with your classmates--in discussion, in study groups, on assignments--the richer the experience will be for you.
  • Writing, you will discover, is always a collaborative process.
  • You will teach yourself more than I teach you.
  • You will learn more from each other than you do from me.
  • All of you are capable of succeeding in this class; my job is to help you succeed.


Disabilities Statement

If you are a qualified student with a disability who will require reasonable accommodations in this course, please register with Disability Resource Programs located in the Educational Access Center, Bell Tower 1541, or call 805/437/3331 for assistance with developing a plan to address your academic needs. Faculty, students and Disability Resource Programs will work together regarding classroom accommodations. Any requests for course modification, including those related to assignments and/or deadlines, shall be addressed through this process. Students should discuss any approved accommodations with faculty. All requests for accommodations require appropriate advance notice to avoid a delay in services.

Classroom Conduct

Respect for the rights of others seeking to learn and for the general goals of academic freedom must be maintained. Differences of viewpoint or concerns should be expressed in terms that show respect even in dissent. Student conduct that disrupts the learning process will not be tolerated.

Late Assignments

All class writing assignments must be submitted electronically to Google Docs by the deadline. Late submissions will negatively impact your grade, including the possibility of failing the course.


All work that students submit as their own work must, in fact, be their own work. If your writing presents ideas or information from other sources, it must clearly indicate the source, whether it is in the form of a quote or a paraphrase. Word-for-word language taken from other sources—books, papers, web sites, interviews, conversations, etc.—must be placed in quotation marks and the source identified. Paraphrased material must be cited. In accordance with the CSU Channel Islands Student Conduct Code policy, students who knowingly plagiarize ideas or language will fail the course. You are encouraged to consult with the instructor if you have questions about what might constitute an act of plagiarism or cheating.


  • All students are expected to abide by the University Policy on Class Attendance. This important policy includes the statement that students “are expected to attend class regularly” and outlines student responsibilities in communicating with the instructor in the event of an absence. Students must notify instructors, in advance whenever reasonably possible, about any missed classes. According to the catalog, "It is the responsibility of the student to give advance notification, contact the instructor … [and] submit assignments on time.”
  • Missing more than two weeks of class will prohibit you from submitting a final portfolio, which will result in your failing the course. For extenuating circumstances related to a medical condition or disability, please refer to the Disabilities Statement.
  • Two weeks of class = two class meetings for courses that meet once a week.
  • It is imperative that you arrive to class on time and plan to stay for the duration of the class period. Repeatedly arriving late or leaving class early will be counted as unexcused absences.

Class Activities

Be prepared to do something when you come to class. This class is not lecture based, but activity/project based. Most class sessions will consist of multiple activities, some involving the whole class, other times group work, and often individual work. All of these activities will help you become a better thinker and writer, which is critical to your future success. If you don’t attend class or are not prepared for class, you miss out on your opportunity to improve in the skills you need for your future.

Online Etiquette

  • The technologies we will work with in this class are amazing tools but can also present frustrations from time time. Please maintain a sense of humor and patience when working with these tools. Learning to deal gracefully with the unexpected is a valuable skill you can gain in this course.
  • Phones should be stowed away during F2F meetings unless we are using phones as a tool in our activities. Your full attention will help us make the most of our time together.
  • Please refrain from texting, social media, and other distracting activities when others are taking the time to work with you.
  • You will be using a computer, laptop, or tablet when we are meeting face to face. Just be sure to avoid the habit of drifting over to Facebook, Minecraft, or Instagram, etc. during those times.
  • Always ask for help when you need it, and please assist others when possible. You will be amazed by what you can learn when you help teach someone else.
  • Sharing our thoughts and ideas online requires trust of our fellow community members. Please treat the contributions of others with respect.


University Writing and Multiliteracy Center

Successful writers get feedback from other writers. And while feedback from a professor can be helpful, it can also be intimidating. Peer tutors are available to meet with you in the University Writing and Multiliteracy Center, Broome Library 2675. Writing and Multiliteracy Center tutors receive special training in order to help you work on your documents at any stage in the writing process. Call 805/437/8409 for appointments or click here.

Basic Needs Security

Any student who faces challenges securing their food or housing and believes this may affect their performance in the course is urged to contact CI Student Emergency Intervention & Basic Needs Program for support. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so. Doing so will enable him to provide any resources that he may possess.


Thinking About Reading and Writing Presentation

Collaborative presentation: 15%

You Ought to Know

Web Page Design: 15%

Web Page Design Screencast Presentation: 10%

Additional Course Work


Includes writing activities both in and out of class, meeting draft deadlines and participating in peer reviews and other class activities throughout the semester.

E - Portfolio


Revised versions of "Advice for Beginning College Students," "Collaborative Reflection," & "Making A Difference" proposal.

E-Portfolios are read and scored by writing faculty other than your instructor. E-Portfolio rubric.

Final Grades

Final grades for the course will be A through F; at the discretion of your professor, plusses may be added to grades A – D, and minuses may be added to A – D.

Information contained in this syllabus, other than that mandated by the University, may be subject to change with advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor

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