English 305OL - Intermediate Expository Writing - Spring 2015
Course Number: 13820
Online - Time Arranged
Completion of the lower-division writing requirement.
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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.
6. Developing Computer & Internet Competency.
7. Developing an understanding and appreciation of Nature!
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 midnight EVERY Saturday. Please disregard the class time listed on the Portal!
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, practice WPE exams, a written response to our book, and written responses to our films.
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 via our Turnitin links on our Moodle course page. For our two films and one book, you will be asked to post in a Moodle forum and via a Turnitin link on our Moodle page. You will receive a letter grade for each Turnitin assignment.
Whole-class forum postings will be graded 'A' for 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. If you wish to work with a particular person(s) please let me know by the end of the first class session.
Assignments that need to be posted on Turnitin:
*** 2nd Drafts of Two Expository Essays
*** 3rd Drafts of Two Expository Essays
*** Into the Wild Analysis
*** Cast Away Analysis
*** An Inconvient Truth Analysis
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, prior to our first meeting.