ENG 210-27
College Writing II: Research
Fall 2017, TR 2:00-3:15 (O-225)

Dr. John Beatty
Olney 157

(215) 951-5004
Office Hours: MW 11-1; TR 3:30-4:30, F 1-2
Office phone 215-951-5004

Course description:



This course builds on and consolidates writing competencies developed in ENG110 (rhetoric, usage, sentences, paragraphs, and essays) and reading (analysis, research) to prepare you for non-fiction writing likely to be encountered in academic contexts, most immediately upper-division courses.       


To sharpen your abilities to summarize, analyze, and critique readings and arguments using rhetorical techniques;
•           To develop your skill in writing organized, coherent, and fully developed essays, and in recognition of other writers’ organizational strategies;
•           To improve your proficiency in usage, grammar, and sentence and paragraph development, and your editing;
•           To increase your understanding of the research process including the use of library and Internet resources, and of the documentation process (APA);
•           To apply the above in the context of a shared, significant, and controversial topic area (the Internet)



Holdstein, D. H., & Aquiline, D. (2017). Who Says? The Writer’s Research (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford U. Press. (ISBN: 978-0-19-063347-9) (H&A in Schedule)

Several topical readings either as handouts or online.
A college dictionary is recommended.

Also recommended are:

Keith, W. M.,  & Lundberg, C. O. (2008). The Essential Guide to Rhetoric. Boston:Bedford/St. Martin’s. (ISBN 0-312-47239-0) (This is a text from ENG110.) (K&L in Schedule)

Bullock, R., Brody, M., & Weinberg, F. (2017). The Little Seagull Handbook. (3rd ed.). New York: W.W. Norton. (ISBN 978-039-360263-0)


You will complete two short rhetorical analyses (2-3 pages each), a research journal compiled throughout the semester, a group source assignment and presentation, and components that will lead to a 10-page research paper on a topic related to our shared subject area: the Internet. You will also complete shorter written “homework” assignments such as an analysis of a scientific paper (2-3 pages), one in-class writing assignment, and give an oral report on your term paper.

The components for the term paper will include: a topic assignment, a research proposal/initial bibliography, an annotated bibliography, an optional outline and first draft, and an oral presentation.

Additional items as assigned will be grouped in the “homework” category.

Additional requirements

This is not a lecture course, and I expect you to participate in class. Attendance, alertness, and contribution to discussion affect your participation grade. So do interaction within writing groups, preparation for your conferences, and your oral report. Keep electronic backups of assignments.

Whether you are at the top of your class or not doing as well as you would like, the ARC Center for Academic Achievement in Suite 409 of the Lawrence Building can help you. The Center offers day, evening, and weekend hours. Most appointments are scheduled through the GradesFirst system on the mylasalle portal and students are advised to go to academicsupport.lasalle.edu for additional information and resources.

Writing Tutors assist students in expanding and sharpening their writing skills and strengths. Tutors deal with work from all disciplines and across all college levels, including graduate. Papers may be in any stage of development, including idea development. Besides focusing on organization and clarity, tutors also provide research and documentation information, and assist students in building stronger grammar, editing, and proofreading skillsAppointments during day, evening, and weekend hours are available through GradesFirst on the mylasalle portal under “WRT 101.” If you attend a branch campus or take only online courses, we also offer “distance” writing tutoring by GoToMeeting or by phone.

For more information, contact Eddie Reed (215-951-1822 or reede@lasalle.edu).


Any course in college includes elements of professional behavior. Just as if you were “on the job,” I expect you to attend class. Roll will be taken at each class meeting. For any absence to be excused you must contact me beforehand and provide documentation of your excuse or have a friend do so if you are unable. Given normal extenuating circumstances, you will be allowed two unexcused class absences. Further unexcused absences, or excessive excused absences may lower your final grade.

Assignments missed due to excused absences can be made up, but those missed due to unexcused absences will receive a late penalty and may not be accepted. Late papers will be accepted and given up to a 10 percent penalty if received within two days; the penalty will increase to 20 percent if received in the next four days.
Adjustments to this document are to be allowed for, if not expected.

You are responsible for following the University’s and this class’s policies on submission of original work and acknowledgement of direct quotations or paraphrases from others’ writings. Plagiarism “consists of passing off the ideas, opinions, facts, words—in short, the intellectual work—of another as your own” (Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers). Plagiarized work may result in a grade of “F” for the paper, or for the course.

The Academic Integrity Policy, the American Disability Act of 1990, and the Student Guide to Rights and Responsibilities are posted in the Canvas course Help Menu.


Essay 1 (analysis)....................... 5%
Essay 2 (synthesis) .................... 5%
In-class writing, homework..........20%
Group source assignment ............ 5%
Annotated bibliography 1............ 10%
Annotated bibliography 2 ............. 5%
Essay 3 (term paper)...................25%
Research journal ........................10%
Oral report ..................................5%

Grade assignment: A = 94 and above; A- = 90-93; B+ = 87-89; B = 84-86; B- = 80-83; C+ = 77-79; C = 74-76; C- = 70-73; D+ = 67-69; D = 60-66; F = below 60.

In other words: A = All major and minor goals achieved; B = All major goals achieved, some minor ones not; C = All major goals achieved, many minor ones not; D = A few major goals achieved but not prepared for further advanced work; F = None of the major goals achieved

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