Dr. Dean Taciuch
George Mason University

Spring 2020

English 302: N12 & N13
Course Syllabus

Course Description

English 302 will help prepare you understand how knowledge is created and transmitted in your field or discipline; understand key methods and conventions of scholarly research in your field 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 scholarly inquiry as you work on narrowing a research question and engaging with your discipline or field of study.

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to prepare you to conduct primary research in your discipline. As such, the course participates in the Students as Scholars and the Mason Impact programs

ENGH 302 Learning Outcomes


Students must have completed or transferred in the equivalent of English 100 or ENGH101. Students must have completed 30 credit hours and the Mason Core literature requirement before enrolling in the class. The program recommends that students enroll in ENGH 302 after completing 45 credit hours. 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 Volgenau 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.

Students enrolled in another version of ENGH 302 should contact their advisor immediately to make sure they are enrolled in the right course.

General Education

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” (Mason Catalog). It fulfills the Mason Core Upper Division Written Communication requirement. For more information on the Mason Core, visit the Provost’s Mason Core page

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
< http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/>

Perdue OWL

Students as Scholars

Methods of Instruction

SectionsN12 and N13 are hybrid courses: each section meets face-to-face once per week in Innovation 336, with the second course meeting made up of online work.

Section N12 meets on Mondays from 9:00 – 10:15.
Section N13 meets on Wednesdays from 9:00 – 10:15.

All course assignments will be submitted via Blackboard.
Assignments for Section N12 will be due on Fridays
Assignments for Section N13 will be due on Sundays

In addition, the BlackBoard discussions should be posted each week before that week's face-to-face class. I expect everyone to post and comment on other students' posts each week (you can, of course, add comments after the week's face-to-face session).

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

Class time will be used for course work, questions and answers, and discussion


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

MLK Day: University Closed Monday Jan 20
First Day of Classes Tuesday Jan 21
Last day to add classes
Tuesday Jan 28
Last day to drop with no tuition penalty Wed Feb 5
Final Drop Deadline (50% tuition penalty) Tues Feb 11
Unrestricted Withdrawal Period Wed Feb 12 – Mon Feb 24
Selective Withdrawal Period (undergraduate students only) Tues Feb 25 – Mon March 30
Spring Recess Mon March 9 – Sun March 15
Last Day of Classes Mon May 4
Reading Day Tuesday May 5
Exam Period Wed May 6 – Wed May 13

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