English 330 Online: Interdisciplinary Writing

Catalog Course 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. Fulfills UDGE-C (Interdisciplinary Approaches).

Class Activities

This online class is activity/project based and most weeks will consist of multiple activities, some involving the whole class, other times group work, and, of course, individual work. Be prepared to complete work for this class each week. All of these activities will help you become a better writer and thinker, which is critical to your future success.


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, even though the class takes place in an online environment. Remember, I am not physically with you throughout 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

Zoom Meeting Room: https://csuci.zoom.us/my/cliftonjustice

  • 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.
  • I do not maintain or check Canvas. Please do not try to contact me through it.

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.


All readings are available through the weekly agendas; you do not need to purchase any materials. Additionally, readings for projects are listed and linked on the class project pages found on the course homepage on CIKeys. Reading the class material is critical to your success in this class. Each week read the weekly agenda and perform the activities/writing for that week.


Research and including sources in your projects and writings plays a central role in the final course grade you will receive. If you need help in using the library databases, please let me know or contact one of the librarians for assistance. If you need assistance with incorporating sources into your work, please contact me.


  • Laptop computer/Tablet;
  • Writing and reading assignments;
  • Collaborative work with other students;
  • Documentation of sources;
  • Campus email, access to CI Learn and my CIKeys Wordpress blog.


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.

Completing Assignments

  • Each week you must complete the activities listed on the weekly agenda. Failure to complete these weekly activities will result in failing the course.
  • All homework/draft assignments must be submitted electronically in CI Docs.
  • All homework/drafts are due Fridays at 9 AM PDST or PST. You have a 24-hour grace period meaning that if you complete your work by Saturday @ 9 AM you will not be penalized.
  • Late homework assignments will negatively impact your grade, including the possibility of failing the course. If you need additional time beyond the 24-hour grace period, contact the professor with your request.
  • The portfolio must be turned in by the assigned date and time in order to be submitted to the Composition Team for scoring.


Virtual: Zoom will be used for virtual office hours. All virtual meetings are by request. Generally speaking, I am available to meet virtually afternoons M-F.

In-person: Face-to-face meetings are by request. Please note I am only on campus Wednesday mornings.

Writing and Multiliteracy Center: Consultants from the Broome Library Writing and Multiliteracy Center (WMC) are available for assistance, as well. Area CI students may opt for face to face drop in tutoring or online consultations. Details about the WMC and their services can be found here.

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.
  • Reach out to the Solution Center for assistance.

Academic Dishonesty

All work that students submit as their own work must, in fact, be their own work. If a paper presents ideas or information from other sources, it must clearly indicate the source. Word-for-word language taken from other sources – books, papers, websites, interviews, conversations, etc. – must be placed in quotation marks and the source identified. Paraphrased material must be cited. Students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if they have questions about appropriate citation methods. By enrolling at CSU Channel Islands, students are responsible for upholding the University’s policies and the Student Conduct Code. Academic integrity and scholarship are values of the institution that ensure respect for the academic reputation of the University, students, faculty, and staff. Cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration with another student, knowingly furnishing false information to the University, buying, selling or stealing any material for an examination, or substituting for another person may be considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct. According to the Academic Senate Policy on Academic Dishonesty, “Instructors who are convinced by the evidence that a student is guilty of academic dishonesty shall assign an appropriate academic penalty,” and in cases where “the instructors believe that the academic dishonesty reflects on the student's academic performance or the

academic integrity in a course, the student's grade should be adversely affected.” In this course, if there is reasonable evidence of intentional academic dishonesty that has significantly affected your academic performance and/or impaired your academic integrity, the appropriate academic penalty shall be a failing grade in the course. In addition, a referral will be made and submitted to the Dean of Students office. Please ask about my expectations regarding academic dishonesty in this course if they are unclear.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


All deadlines indicated are Pacific Standard Time. If you have any confusion about the deadlines, please don't hesitate to contact me.


40% of final course grade.

  • If your professor approves of your course work, you will submit an electronic portfolio consisting of two projects: Making A Difference Grant Proposal and The Conversation group project.
  • Due Week 14: Friday, May 8 @ 9 AM
  • Portfolios are read and scored by writing faculty other than your instructor. Portfolio rubric.

You Ought to Know Project

25% of final course grade.

  • Three parts: Web Page, Google Slides presentation, Screencast presentation.
  • This project fulfills the presentation requirement listed in the student learning outcomes.
  • Due Week 11: Friday, April 17 @ 9 AM
  • Project assessed by the professor. Those that meet the deadline and follow instructions will receive a grade of "B" or better on their project. Those that fail to follow instructions will receive a grade of "C" or lower.

Additional Coursework

35% of final course grade.

  • Logs and meeting draft deadlines are assessed by the professor.
  • Logs should show writing is thinking, meaning perfunctory, simple responses will not be highly rewarded.
  • Logs are a space to work through your ideas as you develop projects.
  • Logs provide an opportunity to reflect and learn from your experiences.
  • Logs must be completed each week and on time or your final portfolio can be rejected.
  • Logs are checked each week to see if you have met deadlines and followed instructions. Note: Feedback rarely given weekly. Please set up meeting if you desire feedback.
  • Logs are formally assessed twice during the semester and written feedback is given. For these evaluations, the professor will holistically assess your written work including your ability to meet weekly deadlines and follow instructions. Those that meet deadlines and follow instructions will receive a grade of "B" or better on their logs. Effort plays a significant role in the grading of the logs.
  • Log 1 deadline: Week 8 - Friday, March 20 @ 9 AM (20%).
  • Log 2 deadline: Week 15 - Friday, May 15 @ 9 AM (15%).

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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