Dr. Dean Taciuch
George Mason University

Fall 2019

English 302: N22 & N23
Course Syllabus

Course Description

English 302 will help prepare you understand how knowledge is created and transmitted in your field of study or discipline; understand key methods and conventions of scholarly research in your field of study or discipline; articulate and refine your own question for scholarly inquiry; situate your investigation in an ongoing context or conversation in your field; and design a final project that adds new perspectives to the conversation. Advanced composition will help you engage in academic and non-academic inquiry as you work on narrowing a research question and as you engage with your discipline or field of study.

ENGH 302 Learning Outcomes

Course Goals
This course participates in the Students as Scholars program. The goal of this course is to prepare you to conduct primary research in your discipline. As such, we will follow the Students as Scholars Course Goals

Students must have completed or transferred in the equivalent of English 100/101. Students should also have completed 45 credit hours and the Mason Core literature requirement. Students should take a version of English 302 related to their major field.

Please note that the Volgenau School of Engineering requires students enrolled in the following majors to take ENGH 302N: applied computer science and computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, systems engineering, and statistics. The school also requires students in the following majors to be enrolled in either 302N or 302M: bioengineering, cyber security engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering. Information technology majors may enroll in 302N, 302M, or 302B.

General Education–Mason Core
This course is part of the Mason Core (General Education) Program, which is designed to help develop "a Mason Graduate [who is] an engaged citizen, a well-rounded scholar, and someone who is prepared to act for the world" (Mason Catalog). For more information on the mission of the Mason Core, visit http://masoncore.gmu.edu/.

Textbook and materials
There is no required textbook for this class. We will use several online texts, however.

Writing Commons Open Textbook

GMU Writing Center Resources

GMU Library Tutorials

UNC Writing Center Handouts

Perdue OWL

Students as Scholars

Methods of Instruction
Sections N22 and N23 are online courses: There are no scheduled class meetings.

Videos, lectures, powerpoint presentations, readings, and class notes will be posted on BlackBoard in weekly folders.

Archived lectures and PowerPoint slides will be available in the Class Notes and Lectures folder on the Course Content Page.

I expect everyone to view the videos (I keep them short) and read the notes and readings for each week

All course assignments will be submitted via Blackboard. Most assignments are due on Fridays by end-of-day. BlackBoard sets this as 11:59pm, but I do not count assignments late unless they are a day late. If you submit an assignment at 2 or 3 a.m. I will not count it as late.

In addition, the BlackBoard discussions should be posted each week by Wednesday. I expect everyone to post and comment on other students' posts each week (you can, of course, add comments later – I generally keep discussion open for two weeks).

The Major Assignments are described on BlackBoard

The Minor Assignments are the weekly Discussion posts on BlackBoard. These should be posted before the week's class meeting. The weekly responses will make up 5% of the final grade.

Important dates

First day of classes; last day to submit Domicile Reclassification Application; Payment Due Date Aug 26
Labor Day: University Closed Sept 2
Last day to add classes– all individualized section forms due Sept 3
Last day to drop with no tuition penalty Sept 9
Midterm progress reporting Sept 23 – Oct 18
Selective Withdrawal Period (undergraduate students only) (100% tuition liability) Oct 1 – Oct 29
Fall Break (Monday classes/labs meet Tuesday. Tuesday classes do not meet this week) Oct 14
Incomplete Work from Spring/Summer 2019 due Oct 25
Thanksgiving Recess Nov 27 – Dec 1
Last Day of classes Dec 7
Reading Days
Reading days provide students with additional study time for final examinations. Faculty may schedule optional study sessions, but regular classes or exams may not be held.
Dec 9 – 10
Exam Period Dec 11 – 18
Winter Graduation Dec 19
Degree Conferral Date
Dec 21

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