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Instructor: Ruffin Bailey

Sections: 71
Times: MW 5:35PM - 7:15PM
Rooms: Tompkins Hall G125 (no computers) and Tompkins 125 (mucho computers)
Shared Office: Winston 122
Office Hours: M 7:20-8:20, T by appt (10am-3pm)
Phone: 513-1645
E-mail Address: TBA
Course Website: http://www.rufwork.com/101

Course Description
Intensive instruction in academic writing and research. Basic principles of rhetoric and strategies for academic inquiry and argument. Instruction and practice in critical reading, including the generative and responsible use of print and electronic sources for academic research. Exploration of literate practices across a range of academic domains, laying the foundation for further writing development in college. Continued attention to grammar and conventions of standard written English. Satisfies the freshman year composition and rhetoric component of the General Education Requirements in Writing and Speaking.
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in ENG 100 or placement via English department guidelines.

GEP Category Objectives: Writing and Speaking
Each course in the writing and speaking category of the GEP will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
  1. Write effectively in specific situations, which may include various academic, professional, or civic situations, and
  2. Understand and respond appropriately to the critical elements that shape written communication situations, such as audience, purpose, and genre, and
  3. Demonstrate critical and evaluative thinking skills in locating, analyzing, synthesizing, and using information in written communication.

Learning Objectives
  1. Learn basic principles of rhetoric and develop an understanding of written texts as arguments generated for particular purposes, audiences, and rhetorical contexts.
  2. Examine similarities and differences in forms of inquiry and writing across academic disciplines.
  3. Practice analytical reading strategies and hone the ability to summarize, paraphrase, draw evidence from, synthesize, and respond to the scholarship of others.
  4. Learn to find and evaluate print and electronic source materials appropriate for academic research projects.
  5. Learn to develop original arguments for a range of academic purposes.
  6. Practice critically evaluating their own and others' work and collaborating effectively with other writers throughout the writing process.
  7. Practice and refine technical skills in areas such as grammar, mechanics, and the documentation of source materials.

Grading and Requirements

% of final

Class participation, including daily homework


Writer's workshops and in-class writing


project 1: Job Application Cover Letter


project 2: Annotated Bibliography


project 3: Literary Analysis


project 4: Informational Website


final in-class writing


Grade ranges in percentages (round down to closest integer)

A+ 98-100% C+ 77-79%
A 93-97% C 73-76%
A- 90-92% C- 70-72%
B+ 87-89% D+ 67-69%
B 83-86% D 63-66%
B- 80-82% D- 60-62%

Required Texts

Bullock, Richard, and Francine Weinberg. The Norton Field Guide to Writing. W. W. Norton & Company, 2009.  

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653: http://www.ncsu.edu/provost/offices/affirm_action/dss/.

Additional Rules
  1. Please, no food or drink in class. We will usually have a break near the middle of class so that you can grab some refreshments.
  2. No cell phones, texting, or using computers for non-class related activities. This includes Facebook, Twittering, etc. If your phone rings during class, I reserve the right to answer it for you. The proper decorum for answering a call received during class is to remove the battery from your phone.
  3. Please be respectful of your fellow students, and they will do the same for you.
  4. Relax, learn, ask questions, and enjoy yourself. Those are rules too.