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Please type all of your papers. All of your major papers must be done on the Macintosh computers. The computers are a major resource and should be used as often as possible. Other than some in-class assignments and some informal exercises, all work handed in for me to look at must be typed, there will be no exceptions and you will be docked 1/3 a grade and asked to rewrite anything that is handwritten.
Please keep all of the work you do this semester, exercises, in-class and out of class writings, in a folder to be turned in on the last day of class. I will look the folder over as a whole, and part of your grade will be determined by what kind of over-all progress you made this semester.
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November 17, 1993 is the last day I will accept revisions of the first five papers unless arrangements have been made prior to November 15, 1993.
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The major paper will offer you the opportunity to use some of the work you have done over the course of the semester to write a more in-depth essay. This assignment will mimic what you will be required to do during the course of the semester, and even during your undergraduate studies (that is, to pick, research, and write about, with some depth, a particular topic in a field which a particular course represents). It too will have a research orientation, and it can be considered a kind of culminating piece of work which can reflect the learning and the effort you have put forth during the semester. We will talk more about it as the semester progresses.
Given the class's orientation toward research I have included opportunities to conduct interviews of experts knowledgeable about the writing in a field you may be working on. These can be with professors you have already had classes with; they can be with graduate students you may know; or they may be with individuals outside the university community. In any case, they should and will be with individuals who can tell you something about writing in a field you are investigating. The idea of interviewing someone in a position of power may seem daunting, for you may have never done it before. Realize, though, that personal interviews can often help us make our research process more efficient as the person we are interviewing reveals insights about the process which are based on their experience, and which, therefore, we may not have considered. The interviews are also a chance to practice a skill which you will need to have available upon graduation, mainly the skill of interviewing in the process of seeking employment. For this necessity, interviewing techniques will be crucial, and you will have a chance to practice here.
The class participation part of your grade will be based upon your effort in responding appropriately to drafts of others' writing (appropriateness being based on your efforts to help others improve). Your ability to have work completed on time will also factor in. The journal entries aspect of the class entails keeping a journal throughout the semester which includes the short assignments I may give you and any other material which you add to it. I will collect these at the end of the semester for evaluation.
All work for the class should be kept on 3.5 "floppy" disks, and any paper work should be kept in a folder. It happens from time to time that disks malfunction, and so you should have an extra disk available to keep copies of your work. I may ask to see folders of work from time to time, and so you should keep a folder of your printed work available and organized. All work for the class must be done on Macintosh and must be printed either on Imagewriter or Laserwriter printers. Work done on other systems may not receive a grade.
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