English 330 Course Roadmap

Interdisciplinary Writing

CSU Channel Islands

Dr. Stacey Anderson, Instructor

Catalogue 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. GenEd: A2, UDIGE, 1.1c, 4.2

Course Overview

English 330 is a three-unit, graded course that most students take to fulfill the UDIGE requirement (Upper Division Interdisciplinary General Education). In CI's New G.E. Goals and Outcomes, the course is aligned with Outcomes 1.1c (Integrative Perspectives) and 4.2 (Written Communication).

Contact Your Instructor

  • My office location is Bell Tower West 1122 (805-437-3291). You will typically find me there Tuesday - Friday between 8:00am and 8:45am. We can also schedule an appointment to meet in person or virtually. Just ask.
  • The best way to reach me is via email: stacey.anderson@csuci.edu. I will also contact you via your campus email, so please check that daily.
  • All course materials and updates will be available on my CI Keys Page: http://staceyanderson.cikeys.com/
  • I will typically respond to student emails Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. Messages that arrive outside these times will receive responses the next business day.
  • Students are welcome to address me as Dr. A or Dr. Anderson. I look forward to working with you!

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will:

  • demonstrate their 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 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.

Student Requirements

  • This class will ask you to complete multiple assignments on your own time, and you will typically be working on several projects simultaneously.
  • You should plan to spend about 10 hours a week on your work for this course. Take time to identify where and when you’ll do your learning.
  • Collaborative work is a significant part of this course. Your interactions with classmates will take place face to face as well as online.
  • Any sources that you draw upon in your assignments must be cited. This includes any material that you quote directly (word for word), paraphrase (put into your own words), or summarize. No exceptions.
  • All of your writing for this class will be completed on a computer. All drafts of all assignments will be submitted online by assigned due dates. From time to time, you will be asked to print out your papers as well.
  • You must have a campus email account and access to CI Keys. You are expected to check your email at least once a day. Ideally, you will set up your smartphone or laptop, if you have one, to automatically receive campus email the moment it is delivered. Clear communication is key to successful completion of our writing courses.
  • You must have some way of saving your drafts. Not just on your laptop, but on a separate thumb drive or cloud-based storage system. My CI provides cloud based storage for all students (Dolphin Files).
  • Please review course materials to orient yourself to the flow of learning in the class. This class requires regular engagement throughout the semester.

Disabilities Statement

CSUCI is committed to equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The mission of Disability Accommodation Services is to assist students with disabilities to realize their academic and personal potential. Students with physical, learning, or other disabilities are encouraged to contact the Disability Accommodation Services office at (805) 437-8510 for personal assistance and accommodations.

Final Grade Breakdown

20%: Element #1 - Integrative Blog

20%: Element #2 - Reflective Vlog

15%: Element #3 - They Say/I Say Presentation

20%: Element #4 - Personal Inquiry Project

25%: Element #5 - Collaborative Inquiry Project

Evaluation

  • Each of the Course Elements listed in the Final Grade Breakdown above will be evaluated holistically (meaning the grade will reflect the overall impression of all the student's work in that Element). This holistic evaluation will take into account peer assessments of the student's work in that Element when applicable.
  • Students will not receive credit for late work. A repeated pattern of late or missing work will result in a final grade of F.
  • Final grades for the course will be A through F; at the discretion of the instructor, plusses and minuses may be added to all grades but F.

Technology Requirements & Support

  • Students must have regular access to a computer (not a mobile device). Laptops may be checked out for one week at a time from Broome Library.
  • Students must have regular access to the internet in order to access course materials, submit assignments, and engage in collaborative activities.
  • All course materials will be available via the instructor's CI Keys site. Students will also create their own CI Keys sites to post their work for the course.
  • Student computers must include a recently upgraded web browser (ideally Firefox or Chrome).
  • If you run into technical problems, try to clear your browser’s cache; try a different browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome); or try to shut down and restart your computer.
  • If problems persist, contact the University Help Desk.

Online Etiquette

The following groundrules will be in effect at all times to help us sustain a respectful and productive learning community throughout the semester:

  • Please consider yourself a member of a learning community. As a community, we are all working together towards our shared objective of successfully completing the goals of this course.
  • Please log in and participate regularly in our online, collaborative activities and discussions. The success of this course depends on the active, engaged participation and distinctive contributions of every community member. If you don’t participate regularly,you will find that the course moves forward without you and will likely find it difficult to become re-engaged.
  • Sharing our thoughts and ideas online requires trust of our fellow community members. Please treat the contributions of others with respect.
  • 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.
  • Everyone in this class, including the instructor, is expected to maintain the attitude of a lifelong learner. Please keep an open mind when introduced to new ideas that may challenge your previously held notions or perceptions.
  • 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.
  • Please understand that communications shared through text have a higher likelihood of being misinterpreted than words that are spoken. When you type a thought or a comment, read it carefully before you submit it. If you question the way it is worded, read it out loud to yourself. If you still question the way it's phrased, re-write it. Remember that you can’t unring a bell.
  • If, at any time, you feel that any groundrule has been violated by a member of our community, you are encouraged to bring your concern directly and immediately to Dr. Stacey Anderson, our community leader. Clearly identify which groundrule has been violated and include specific evidence of the violation. Your concerns will be addressed promptly and in an individualized manner.

Attendance

  • 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.
  • It is imperative that you consider our class meetings as non-negotiable appointments.
  • If anything is going to interfere with your ability to attend one of our class meetings, you must inform the instructor immediately so that alternate arrangements may be made.
  • Students must arrive promptly and stay for the duration of each class meeting.
  • Please understand that failing to show up for a class meeting without prior communication to your instructor and group mates would be very disruptive and should be avoided at all costs. If an unexpected conflict arises, communicating with your instructor and group mates, as soon as possible, is essential.
  • Failing to attend class meetings could prevent you passing the course.

Common Courtesy in Class Meetings

  • Phones should be stowed away during class 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 may be using a laptop or tablet when we are meeting face to face. Just be sure to avoid the habit of drifting over to any site or work not related to our course.
  • No smoking of any kind--including electronic cigarettes--is permitted during our meetings. Please also refrain from any kind of smoking before entering our classroom, as this can trigger asthma in the instructor.
  • 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.
  • Treating your colleagues with respect and courtesy will foster a productive learning environment.

Plagiarism

  • This course will adhere to CSUCI’s academic dishonesty policy.
  • 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, 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 policy on academic dishonesty, students who knowingly plagiarize ideas or language will fail the course. Students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if they have questions about what might constitute an act of plagiarism or cheating.about what might constitute an act of plagiarism or cheating.

Writing & Multiliteracy Center (WMC)

Location: Broome Library, 2nd Floor, Room 2675

Hours: M-Tu 10-6pm; W-Th 10-8pm; Fri 10-3pm

The Writing and Multiliteracy Center (WMC) provides all CI students with FREE support services and programs that help them become more effective writers and communicators. Peer writing consultants help students at any stage of the composition process in any discipline. Students are also welcome to bring in other types of non-academic work such as resumes, letters of application, and personal statements. Online writing consultants will also work with you if you don’t live on campus or if you have trouble physically getting to the Center. Speaking groups help students who want to talk about or wish to learn new skills in speaking in academic contexts, whether it's oral presentations, in-class discussions, or talking with professors during office hours. To make an appointment to see a consultant or learn more, visit http://www.csuci.edu/wmc. You can also go directly to the Center or call (805) 437-8934.

Most writing is rewriting.

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