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2021 Spring

COMPOSITION II - COM102/1 Spring 2021


Course
Anthony Marais
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COM 102 develops the writing skills taught in COM 101: It hones the student’s ability to think critically and originally; consolidates their ability to make appropriate stylistic choices with regard to specific purpose, register and genre, and it reiterates the stages of the writing process. Moreover, COM 102 concentrates on developing the skills required to produce a substantial academic research paper. These include: critical reading and research, formulating and supporting a thesis, incorporating credible sources and properly employing citation and bibliographic techniques.

Here is the course outline:

1. Critical Thinking

Feb 8

Syllabus Review, The Writing Process, Aristotlean Appeals, Critical Thinking

2. Rhetoric

Feb 15

Concision, Prewriting, Citation Styles, Prototype Semantics, Isocrates’ Didactic Approach, “Bullshit” in academic writing

3. Analytical Reading

Feb 22

Text analysis, In-Text Citations, Thesis Statements vs. Claims, Academic Ethos

4. Prewriting

Mar 1

Drafting an Extended Outline, Film Screening (to be announced)

5. Citation Styles

Mar 8

Online Databases, Boolean Operators, Types of Research, Peer Review

6. Information Literacy

Mar 15

Online Databases, The CRAAP Test, The Academy of Sciences Library

7. Referencing

Mar 22

Quoting, Text Analysis, Compiling a List of References

8. Plagiarism

Mar 29

Types of Plagiarism, Paraphrasing

9. Select a Topic

Apr 12

Thesis Statements and Claims, The Oscar Wilde Taste Test

10. Working Bibliography

Apr 19

Aphorisms about Conciseness, Citation Styles, Quotations, Editing Exercise

11. Extended Outline

Apr 26

Examining Sample Papers, Formatting, Long Quotations

12. Drafting

May 3

Final Paper Checklist, Editing Exercise, Peer Review

13. Peer Review

May 10

Hyphens-Italics-Capitals, In-Class Peer Evaluation

14. Final Paper Defense

May 17

Presentation and Defense of Research Papers

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