WRT 381:
Science Writing
Oakland University, Fall 2013
CRN: 44605
Wilson Hall 400A, T 6:30–9:50 p.m.


Instructor:

Jim Nugent, Ph.D.

Email:

nugent@oakland.edu

Phone:

(248) 370-3792

Office:

306 O'Dowd Hall

Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00–2:45  p.m. and by appointment anytime.

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Course Description

Writing to diverse audiences about scientific and technological subjects within a variety of persuasive contexts. Prerequisite: completion of the university writing foundation requirement. 4 credits.

General Education Outcomes

Texts

Course Policies

Assignments

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. Analyzing Scientific Reports
  2. Science Writing Assignment
  3. Instructions Assignment
  4. Medical Brochure Project

Grading

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

15%

Analyzing Scientific Reports

20%

Science Writing Assignment This grade breaks down as follows:

  • 30% Rhetorical Analysis of Forum
  • 70% Final Composition

20%

Instructions Assignment

20%

Medical Brochure Project

10%

Small Assignments, Activities, and In-Class Work

15%

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

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