English 302: B12 syllabus

Dr. Dean Taciuch
George Mason University

Summer 2021

English 302: B12
Course Syllabus

Course Description

English 302 is an Advanced Composition course; this section is MultiDisciplinary (302M–the B refers to the Summer Session). Although we will make use of technical formats (such as professional journal articles and literature reviews), the focus will be on conducting secondary research, organizing the results of the research, and presenting your interpretations of your findings to appropriate audiences.

Students should take a version of English 302 that connects 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.

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, 45 credit hours, and any required general-education literature course designated by their college or major.

General Education

This course is part of the GMU General Education Program, which is designed to help students prepare for advanced work in their major field and for a lifetime of learning. 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
< http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/>

Purdue OWL

Students as Scholars

Methods of Instruction

Section B12 is an online course: the course will have no face-to-face meetings. I will have virtual office (via Zoom) on Wednesdays from 11:00 to noon. I can also be reached via email.

All course assignments will be submitted via Blackboard.

In addition, we will have weekly BlackBoard discussions. The discussion are due on Thursdays, but I also expect everyone to post and comment on other students' posts throughout the week.

An online course requires special attention to submission deadlines, discussion posts, and course announcements. You should check the BlackBoard site at least once per weekday (and once over the weekend as well). The course assignments will be explained on BlackBoard, as will any clarifications and changes to the assignments and course schedule.


Weekly Responses (10%)
Discipline Awareness I assignment (10%)
Library Research Assignment (5%)
Annotated Bibliography (15%)
Research Proposal (10%)
Conferences (10%)
Lit Review Thesis and Subtopics Outline (10%)
Literature Review (25%)
Discipline Awareness II assignment (5%)

Important dates

Memorial Day: University Closed Monday June 1
First Day of Classes Tuesday June 2
Last day to add classes
Thursday June 3
Last day to drop with no tuition penalty Thursday June 3
Final Drop Deadline (50% tuition penalty) Wednesday June 9
Unrestricted Withdrawal Period Thursday June 10– Thursday June 17
Juneteenth (University Closed) Friday June 18
Selective Withdrawal Period (undergraduate students only) Friday June 18– Tuesday July 6
Independence Day (University Closed) Sunday July 4 – Monday July 5
Last Day of Classes Wednesday July 21
Exam Period Thursday July 22 – Saturday July 24

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