WRT 232:
Writing for New Media
Oakland University, Winter 2012
CRN: 13188
TR 3:00 p.m.–4:47 p.m.
Wilson Hall 400A
Partially online


Jim Nugent




(248) 370-3792


306 O'Dowd Hall

Office Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday, 12 noon–12:45 p.m., after class any time, and by appointment.


Course Description

WRT 232:Writing for New Media is an introduction to the rhetorical, ethical, stylistic, and technical principles of web authoring. It examines the rhetorical roles of ethos, logos, and pathos in the construction of online identities; basic theoretical arguments around the construction of identity and community in online contexts; and ethical and stylistic issues surrounding web authorship. Prerequisite: completion of the university writing foundation requirement. 4 credits.

Course Policies


There will be four major assignments in this class, listed below, which are due on the dates listed in the course calendar. You must complete all of these assignments to receive a passing grade. The assignments are as follows:

  1. Understanding the Web
  2. Web Redesign Project
  3. New Media Research Project
  4. Web Presence Project


I will give grades (0.0, 1.0–4.0) for all graded assignments in this class. The final grade is determined as follows:


Understanding the Web


Web Redesign Project


New Media Research Project


Web Presence Project


Small Assignments


Social Practices—This grade will reflect:

  • your contributions to class discussions, peer review activities, online activities, and group projects;
  • your commitment to submitting timely and complete work;
  • your ethos as a respectful citizen of the classroom and as a thoughtful rhetor in class-related communications; and
  • your capacity for successful collaboration with others.

Needless to say, if you are not in class, you are not doing many of these things, so this grade will also be a partial reflection of your attendance.

ADA Notice

Students with disabilities who may require reasonable accommodations should contact Oakland University’s Disability Support Services office for assistance: