UN 2001:
Section R01
MWF 8:05-8:55 a.m.
Walker 116


Jim Nugent






Walker 142

Office Hours:

M & W 10 a.m., and by appointment.


Course Description

Revisions is a course offering skills, strategies, and practice in written, visual, and oral communication.

Required Texts

  1. Williams, Robin. The Non-Designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice. Berkley: Peachpit.
  2. Aaron, Jane E. The Little, Brown Essential Handbook for Writers. New York: Longman, 2003.
  3. George, Diana and John Trimbur. Reading Culture: Contexts for Critical Reading and Writing. Fifth Edition. New York: Longman, 2004.

Course Policies


There will be five major assignments in this class, listed below, which are due on the dates listed in the course calendar. In addition, you will be required to submit a final portfolio of all the work you completed in this class. I will return your papers as soon as possible with a grade and comments. You then have through week 13 to revise it for a higher grade, if you wish.

I expect the first drafts to be complete and as final as possible—they should demonstrate appropriate levels of care and attention on your part. You may submit revised drafts as many times as you like, but please try to make as many substantive revisions between drafts as possible. I reserve the right to refuse to review a draft that doesn't contain substantive revisions.

The five major assignments are as follows:

  1. Magazine article
  2. Visual argument
  3. Editorial letter assignment
  4. Collaborative research paper
  5. Oral debate


I will give letter grades (A, AB, B, BC, C, CD, D, or F) for all graded assignments in this class. The final grade is determined as follows:


Magazine Assignment


Visual Argument Assignment


Editorial Letter Assignment


Oral Debate


Collaborative Research Paper


Small Assignments and In-class Work


Social Practices—This grade will reflect your contributions to class discussions, peer review activities, and group work, as well as your commitment to submitting timely and complete work. Needless to say, if you are not in class, you are not participating, so this grade will also partially reflect your attendance.

ADA Notice

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