Rhetoric 102: Rhetoric & Composition II (HYBRID)
American Civil War
This syllabus applies to either an 8 or 16 Week Semester
Check your Course Schedule or the Dean's Office for beginning and
102 is "a
102 is linked concurrently with HISTORY 151 - HYBRID.
Both courses make use of the following:
The reason they are linked is to save you time & effort (as you will
and because they share the
theme of the Americn Civil War.
- TWO TEXTS:
Research Papers: a Guide to the Process, 7th Edn, by Weidenborner
(referred to as W.R.P.)
for College History by Frakes (referred to as W.C.H.).
- Several online sources
on the W.R.P. textbook publisher's website
Bulletins & Discussions area
for the computer, you will need a
minimum of the following:
- Pentium based computer running Win95 or higher with
internet connection using MS Explorer. You will
need PowerPoint and Quicktime (optional), Excel and enable Java. There
computers in many locations on Triton's campus which surpass these
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING ASSIGNMENTS:
First: do the reading, week by week in
W.R.P. : There is a
"To the Student" Timetable just inside the front
cover of your textbook. Follow the 8 steps, (one step / week for an 8
week course; one step every two weeks for a 16 week course).
You will see that you will need to set a pace that can get you all the
way to the end on time, with all drafts of your paper and its
Assignments in W.R.P. = 40% : Do
the reading related to the assignments, and submit them by the due
dates. You may complete and submit them before, but not after their
respective due dates.
Exercises in W.R.P. website = 5%
: You also need to go to the website for Writing Research
Papers and complete the 10 short quizzes and email them to me. Complete
the online exercises in close connection with the textbook. Each of the
8 steps mentioned above will have a corresponding exercise. Submit the
exercises as directed.
- Third: online interactions in the
"Frequent Postings in
the Bulletins & Discussions Area = 5%": One of the best ways
to practice your writing, and to try out your ideas, is to go online
and participate in the online forum. It can also ease any tensions or
stress you might feel from being isolated out there in cyberspace. You
will find that there are other students going through the same
experience you are. Its a place to hang out.
- Fourth: Go into the
"TERM PAPER = 50 %" area. Read
the introductory explanations and instructions for each part that you
need to complete (e.g., thesis statement; bibliography; etc.), and
submit each part by the due dates listed. There will also be short
assignments from the other textbook, Writing for College History
by Frakes. Remember that your Term Paper or Research Paper in RHETORIC
102 also serves as your Term paper in HISTORY 151. By doing your
RHETORIC assignments, you are doing your HISTORY assignments also.
- Fifth: A FINAL COMMENT: notice that there is
a calendar icon. Find out
how the course is structured with respect to due dates for on-campus
(required meetings) and for materials to be turned in. Better mark
dates on your planners & palm pilots. They are firm. I simply
cannot accept late materials because our schedule is so tight. I
recommend you print out this syllabus and the syllabus for the
associated concurrent course, HISTORY 151, and put them in a prominent
you can refer to them often. The requirements for the two courses are
not hard or severe--just the opposite. The courses are designed for
your convenience. However, you will want to stay on top of things and
watch your deadlines.
PART I: INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE OBJECTIVES
1. To introduce students to different forms and styles of
expository writing and composition. Specific instruction in analytical,
critical, and evaluative writing forms and techniques.
2. To understand research methodology using MLA or Chicago style
(or whatever style your college or university requires).
3. To utilize what what is being taught in the associated course,
U.S. History to 1877, and specifically material from the American Civil
War, as a thematic content to focus the reading and the writing of the
research paper for RHT 102 and HIS 151.
4. Revision process for outline, bibliography, 2 rough and 1
final draft of research paper.
PART II: REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS
Out of Many,
vol. 1 by Faragher (This is the text for the other course, HIS
151. Please Note:
It is required that you register in the associated course,
HISTORY 151. Go back to the Home page to Find History 151: History
of the United States to 1977--with Civil War Emphasis.)
A CDROM is
on Reserve at the Help Desk in the Computer Lab in the AT Building
under "Dr. Salzman's History CD-ROM". Its use is optional. There is
online edition of the text in the "Supplementary
Course Tools" page, accessible from the HOME PAGE.
for College History by Frakes, any edition. This little
pamphlet will be used in composing your expository essays and your TERM
PAPER in HIS 151, which is also your term paper for this course.
computer, described above.
Research Papers by Weidenborner for RHETORIC
102. This gives you technical help in writing and composition,
exercises to submit, online supplements, as well as a "timeline"
for getting tasks accomplished in RHETORIC 102.
PART III: GRADING IN RHETORIC 102
Note: for information about your grade in HISTORY 151, you
need to go back to HOME; then access the HISTORY 151 Mainpage; and then
access "Course Objectives and Grades." Remember, they are two separate
courses with different sets of objectives AND different grading
1. What is your grade in Rhetoric 102 based on? Your
grade will be based on :
- my estimation of your satisfactory performance on 4 online
exercises in the "RHETORIC & COMPOSITION: Assignments(40%) and
Exercises (5%)" area. These mostly concern helping you learn how to
create expository essays. They are all available immediately, but have
different due dates throughout the semester. Total available points =
- on the quality of your postings on the "BULLETINS &
DISCUSSIONS = 5%" area.
- on the quality of your submissions in the "TERM PAPER=50%". I
care about the Final Draft of the Research Paper, of course, but I also
care about the
processes leading up to your submitting of it, such as the completion
of your first and second drafts.
- Required Attendance in the on-campus class sessions (there
will be approximately 5 sessions, 4 hours each)
2. WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF MY GRADE IN RHETORIC 102?
- 45 per cent of your grade will be based on the
"RHETORIC & COMPOSITION: Assignments and Exercises = 45 %"
- 5 per cent of your grade will be based on your
online postings and interactions in the "BULLETINS &
DISCUSSIONS=5%" area. I will be especially interested to see in
your discussions whether you can bring your understanding of history
into your discussions, and if you can pose or answer a question in
history by referring to History 151. The idea of the
"interdisciplinary" course structure is to bring the separate
disciplines together as much as possible, so that you get the "Big
Picture" in your education.
- 50 per cent will be my evaluation of the process
associated with the writing of the "TERM PAPER = 50%", and my
evaluation of the final product.
3. GRADING SCALE
60%--69% = D
70%--79% = C
80%--89% = B
90%--100% = A
(Revised 12 / 2009)