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.

Class Activities

Be prepared to complete work for this class each week. This 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. All of these activities will help you become a better thinker and writer, which is critical to your future success. If you don’t check in and participate each week, you miss out on your opportunity to improve in the skills you need for your future.

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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 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.

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.

Readings

All readings are available in the weekly agendas; you do not need to purchase any material. 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

Research and including research in your projects 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.

Requirements

  • 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.


Policies

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 homework activities listed on the weekly agenda.
  • All homework/draft assignments must be submitted electronically in CI Docs.
  • All homework/drafts are due Fridays at 9 AM PDST or PST.
  • Late homework assignments will negatively impact your grade, including the possibility of failing the course.

Assistance

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: If you prefer, I am on the CI main campus Tuesday - Thursday mornings and can meet face-to-face either before or after my 9-11:30 class. Face-to-face meetings are by request.

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.
  • Contact the University Help desk helpdesk@csuci.edu or 805-437-8552.

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.

Plagiarism

  • 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 Honor 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.

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Evaluation

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

E - Portfolio

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 Thinking About Reading and Writing group project) during Week 14.
  • Due Friday, May 4 @ 9 AM
  • E-Portfolios are read and scored by writing faculty other than your instructor. E-Portfolio rubric.

You Ought to Know

30% of final course grade.

  • Web Page: 15% of final course grade.
  • Due Friday, March 16 @ 9 AM
  • Web Page Screencast Presentation: 15% of final course grade.
  • Due Friday, May 11 @ 9 AM

Additional Coursework

30% of final course grade.

  • Logs and meeting draft deadlines.
  • 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 experience.
  • 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 agenda deadlines. Note: Feedback rarely given at this point. Please set up meeting if you desire feedback.
  • Logs are formally assessed twice during the semester and written feedback is given.
  • Log deadline 1: Friday, March 9 @ 9 AM (15%).
  • Log deadline 2: Friday, May 11 @ 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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