Course Number: WA 01200, Section 1 (crn: 20752
Module Location: Bozorth 131
Module Hours: Tue/Thu 5:00pm – 6:15pm
Office Hours: M/W 10 – 11; T/Th 3-4:30; and by appointment
Printable Course Syllabus: see Blackboard
Please see the course syllabus for the Course Overview and overall Course Policies, which includes policies on Attendance, Late Work, Intellectual Property and Plagiarism, Etiquette and Professionalism, and Final Grades.
Office hours are designed for you, giving you a more private environment in which we may talk about your work, your performance in class, etc. If you are unable to see me during my office hours, do not hesitate to make an appointment to see me at a different time. Office hours this semester are:
Contacting Each Other
There will be times during the semester when I will need to contact the class and you will need to contact me. I will contact you via your Rowan email account, so please be sure that you are checking it regularly and/or forwarding it to the email service you use most regularly.
Concerning matters having to do with your performance with the module, I strongly suggest you contact me via email. If you have questions about the work of the module, use twitter and include the hashtag #tfw1, as well as my twitter handle (@DrewMKopp) if you wish for me to respond. Since email is more formal medium, all emails that I send to you will have a meaningful subject line and a proper salutation. The first sentence will notify you of the purpose of the email, and then will get to the heart of the matter. It will end with a formal closing. I expect the same from any email you send. Twitter is less formal, so feel free to just tweet me questions. Remember: please add the course hashtag to all course related tweets.
I’ll get back to your tweets and emails as soon as possible—usually within two days. If I don’t get back within two days, it may be that I did not see your tweet or email for one reason or another, such as an email going in my spam folder. Send me a polite reminder and/or ask me in class if I got it, and I’ll get back immediately.
Students with Disabilities
Your academic success is important. If you have a documented disability that may impact your work in this class, please contact me. Students must provide documentation of their disability to the Academic Success Center in order to receive official University services and accommodations. The Academic Success Center can be reached at 856.256.4234. The Center is located on the 3rd Floor of Savitz Hall. The staff is available to answer questions regarding accommodations or assist you in your pursuit of accommodations. We look forward to working with you to meet your learning goals.
Final grades will be calculated in the following way:
A note about grades: grades in the A-range are those that show the student working at levels significantly higher than what is expected. Grades in the B-range are those that show the student working at levels at or just above what is expected. Grades at the C-level and below are those that show the student working at levels below what is expected.
Detailed criteria will be provided for each assignment. Missing assignments will receive a 0. All major assignments must be completed to pass the module. Late work will result in a 3-point reduction from the appropriate project area. It is better to turn something in late than not at all. The grades you receive at the end of the module will correspond to the letter grades on the overall course syllabus. Tardiness is equal to .5 of an absence; you are late if you arrive at class after the sign-up sheet has made its way around the room. Your final grade in the module is 1/3rd of your final course grade.
If you are having trouble getting a project completed on time (for whatever reason) please let me know about your delays as soon as possible. It is better to complete an assignment late then to not complete it at all, and I am more than happy to work with you so you can compete the best project you can.
I will never mark down or refuse to accept a project because of trouble using computer technology. The software and applications we use are a means to complete the work, not the work itself. They are also often new and still have bugs. I am aware of this and know what can happen. If you run into trouble, let me know as soon as possible so I can help you work through it. There is no reason to sit for hours getting more and more frustrated. Send me an email with as detailed a description of your problem as possible and we’ll figure out what is going on.
Because the success of writing courses results, in large part, from the establishment of learning communities in which all members participate, and because participation in such learning communities requires attendance at and involvement in class meetings, and because the particular classroom experiences in writing courses are unrepeatable, the Department of Writing Arts has established the following attendance policy for all courses.
Maximum Number of Allowable Absences
You are expected to attend class every day. You cannot pass this class if you miss more than the maximum number of permissible absences, including excused and unexcused absences. The maximum number of permissible absences for a 15-week course that meets twice a week is 6.
Intellectual Property and Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is a serious breach of academic honesty. When you use material from other sources, you must acknowledge that work, whether it is verbatim material from a text, general outlines or rewritten forms. This applies to published work, online sources, or texts produced by other students.
The following statement is from the Rowan University Academic Integrity Policy:
The integrity of academic programs is imperative to Rowan University’s mission. While acknowledging the social and collaborative nature of learning, the University expects that grades awarded to students will reflect individual efforts and achievements. All members of the Rowan community are responsible for understanding what constitutes academic dishonesty; upholding academic integrity standards and encouraging others to do likewise; and knowing the procedures, rights and obligations involved in the Academic Integrity Policy. Academic dishonesty, in any form, will not be tolerated. Students who commit an act of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion from the university.
Specific definitions of academic dishonesty and explanations of penalties can be found in this document, available at the following link.
The Department of Writing Arts also has stipulated that students are not allowed to “double dip,” or use similar works for different courses:
The Department of Writing Arts does not allow students to turn in the same writing assignment for more than one class. Students must receive express permission of their instructor to submit writing or a substantial part of a written text previously submitted to another class. Not doing so is considered academic dishonesty and, following the policies laid out by Rowan, may result in an F for that assignment and possibly an F for the semester.
I expect that the work you turn in for this class will represent your own work, and the appropriately attributed work of others. If you have any questions at all about citation, please ask me since the consequences for plagiarism are severe. If you plagiarize in this class, you will fail the course. Additionally, the Office of the Dean of Students will be informed of the reason for the failing grade.
YOU are responsible for understanding and abiding by these policies.
Etiquette and Professionalism:
Professionalism is required. Listen respectfully when others are speaking. Do not check cell phones or text message, and, in the event we work in a lab, do not instant message or email. Lack of professionalism may result in being marked absent and/or a lowered final grade. When you email me or the class, please be sure that your subject line is clear and that your message is to the point and appropriate for an academic readership.