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Contact Information

Office: Sierra Tower 812

Phone: (818) 677-3410

Ofc. Hours: Tues: 12:15-1:15p.m.

email: nancy.taylor@csun.edu




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Required Materials

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman's (find the movie online or purchase the DVD from Amazon)

A Variety of Online Articles

(See Our Course MOODLE Page for Links)

Course Policies

Late Work



Your final grade is based on the quality and completeness of all written assignments, your effort to improve your writing, forum participation and workshops.

1. Two Major Essays
Workshops & Drafts: 50%

(IF you do not participate in the draft workshops you WILL NOT receive credit for the major essays.)

2. Analyses of Readings: 25%

3. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's Analysis: 10%

4. Randy Pausch Analysis: 10%

3. WPE Practice Exam, Self-Audit, Process Essay: 5%

+ / - grading will be used!

Academic Dishonesty

According to the CSUN catalogue, plagiarism is the act of “intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or works of another as one’s own in any academic exercise,” and will result in a failing grade for the assignment. In addition, it may result in a failing grade for the course and disciplinary action on the part of the university. Internet software is available to assist CSUN faculty to scan student writing. ALL student assignments will be scanned for plagiarism.

Please adhere to the CSUN Student Conduct Code for all course activities, including email, forum and chat discussions, and written and oral analyses.


Course Description & Requirements

English 305OL - Intermediate Expository Writing - Spring 2015

Course Number: 13484

Online - Time Arranged

Course Prerequisites:

Completion of the lower-division writing requirement. Not allowed for credit in the English major and minor.

Enrollment Procedures

CSUN regularly enrolled students register for online courses in the same manner as they register for any course. If you wish to add the course after the semester begins, you must email the course Professor for a permission number. Please note that I cannot overenroll the course; if there are no spaces available then I cannot add you.

Students from other CSU Campuses who wish to enroll, must submit the Concurrent Enrollment Form to their home Campus. Anyone in the world may take the Online Courses through CSUN's Open University!

Student Learning Objectives

This course provides preparation for the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE), satisfies the writing requirement in the Liberal Studies major, and provides an additional opportunity for students to review, reassess, and further develop their writing and research skills. Important aims of the course:

1. Discovering your own "voice."

2. Developing a variety of writing styles.

3. Developing a sensitivity to the impact of language.

4. Improving your ability to use appropriate research methods and materials.

5. Improving skills in standard written English.


Course Requirements

Welcome to English 305OL, an intermediate course in expository writing available to students who have completed their lower division writing requirement. This course is not available for credit in the English major and minor.

NOTE: This class will NOT meet live; All homework must be completed by the due dates listed on our course MOODLE page.

During the semester you will be asked to produce a variety of writing, including short written responses to the readings, multiple drafts of two major essays, an analytical essay on your writing process, and a practice WPE exam.

Carefully read each homework assignment -- our week to week schedule will vary. For some papers, you will be required to respond in a whole-class Moodle forum or you will be asked to post on our Turnitin page (via MOODLE).

Whole-class forum postings will be graded based on effort and thoughtfulness. Please leave yourself enough time to read and respond to your peers. Note that each whole-class forum has its own question and posting instructions.

NOTE: The class will also be divided into PERMANENT SMALL GROUPS for the purpose of our two workshops. You may use these forums to communicate with your groupmates throughout the semester.

Technical Requirements

Students will need to have access to the Internet, either Microsoft Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari, and an active CSUN email account to access the Moodle system. To activate your CSUN e-mail address or reset its password use the account utility page.

Can't login? If you see the main Moodle login screen repeatedly, despite entering a valid e-mail address and password, then you may need to enable cookies in your web browser's options or preferences area. Moodle requires access to cookies and will not allow a successful log-in until and unless your web browser has them enabled.

Instructions will be provided for all computer activities; you may visit CSUN's IT for Students site for information on technical requirements and applications. CSUN also provides information on computer resources and availability. Please be familiar with CSUN's online applications, particularly Moodle.