5. Course Requirements
Writing and Revision
Informal and formal writing is the primary form of assessment. (Quizzes and exams are far less important, due to the nature of the material we are covering.)
Any form of writing is a skill; it is not easy to learn (or teach), and meaningful progress only comes with practice.
- In high school, your teacher may have called your attention to every
single spelling and punctuation mistake on your rough drafts, and then
given you points for correcting them.
- In college, however, you are
expected to develop the ability to edit and proofread your own papers.
Hence, I do not plan to mark every mistake I find when I review your drafts.
may mark up only one section of your paper, to show you the kinds of
problems that you should address; it will then be your responsibility
to identify more of those same mistakes -- as well as other mistakes that I did not
At any time during the semester, if you want additional feedback, feel free to make an appointment with me, or go to the writing center.
- Keep up with the readings. Reflect on them before coming to class, and help sustain an active, positive learning environment. (We won't have time to discuss every reading in glass, so there is an online component that I will introduce shortly.)
- Please keep copies of rough drafts of papers; that is, instead of saving overtop of your old files, save each new version with a new name "Exercise 1 - Aug 30," "Exercise 1 - Sep 3." I may want to talk with you about your rough drafts before recording a grade.
- I will often send out bulk e-mails to the addresses on file in GriffinGate. If you check a different address more regularly, please use SHU's e-mail forwarding service so that you don't miss important updates.
- Although this course does include a great deal of online information, it is not an online class. That means in-person attendance and face-to-face interaction are important components of the course. It also means that I will not be making any attempt to ensure that the online material duplicates everything we cover in class.