Course Information

ENG 1430.02
Time: 12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Place: T CAS 353, TH CAS 303

Professor: Charles Nelson
Office hours: MW 5:00-7:00 pm, TTH 10:20 am - 12:20 pm
Office: CAS 318
Tel: (908) 737-0393
Email: cnelson [at] kean [dot] edu

Catalog Description

Academic expository and persuasive writing. Emphasis on reading, the writing process, collaboration, and critical thinking across the curriculum. Equivalent to ENG 1030. General Education requirement.
Prerequisite: Placement by advisement only.

Course Objectives

  • Produce essays through a series of drafts that include exploratory writing or talk, as well as revisions that include addition, deletion, substitution and rearrangement 
  • Identify central ideas/themes of a text through class discussion and writing
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate information from readings, experience, and other sources and to present this information in a logical and analytical way.
  • Demonstrate the ability to give an interactive presentation which solicits audience responses. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate academic English language skills.

We will also investigate the nature of writing, language, and persuasion. We will answer questions, such as

  • How do people persuade one another?
  • What sorts of assumptions do people make in their thinking and writing?
  • Why do people disagree when they agree on the "facts"?

To answer these questions, we will

  • read, critique, and summarize academic and non-academic articles on different issues;
  • conduct research in the library and online;
  • use our research and discussions to define and evaluate our issues; and
  • use a variety of electronic tools including not only MS Word and Powerpoint but also weblogs, websites with syndicated feeds, wikis, Turnitin, and others.

Student Learning Outcomes

SLO #1. Students will produce essays through a series of drafts that include exploratory writing or talk, as well as revisions that include addition, deletion, substitution and rearrangement (KU1, KU4); (GES1, GES2, GES4, GEV4)

First and final drafts of the argument essay.
SLO #2. Students will identify central ideas/themes of a text through writing (KU1, KU3); (GES1, GES2, GES4, GEV4)

Best effort (final draft) of the summary-response essay
SLO #3. Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate information from readings, experience, and other sources and to present this information in a logical and analytical way (KU1); (GES1, GES4, GEV4)

Best effort (final draft) of the argument essay
SLO #5. Students will demonstrate appropriate academic English language proficiency (KU2, KU3, KU4); (GES1, GES2, GEV1, GEV3)

Best effort (final draft) of the argument essay

Textbooks and Materials

For this class you will need:

  • Graff, Gerald, & Cathy Birkenstein (2011). They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing with Readings (2nd ed.) New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN: 978-0-393-91275-3. Cost: $52.00 (Kean Bookstore) or $40.02 (Amazon)

Additional Required Materials

  • KeanGoogle account
  • Google site account
  • 1 USB flash drive. You are required to back up all of your work in this class and bring your storage device to EVERY class. 

Class Activities

Writing and reading assignments, class discussions, compositional coaching, written commentary, conferences, email correspondence, peer collaboration and review, interactive and other software, audio-visual presentations, lectures, web-site visits, tutorials, blogging, publishing, library and internet research, internet chat-room discussions, interventions, and competitions.

Expect to spend approximately 12-15 hours per week outside of class to complete all assignments.

Course Requirements

Participation in appropriate academic support
Keeping copies of all submitted papers, originals of all graded papers, and my comments on your work
Completion of all course requirements and projects, including but not limited to

  • 18% - Homework, classwork, quizzes, and other work
  •   7% - Observations (2 a week)
  •   3% - Midterm in-class essay
  • 10% - Summary & Response paper
  • 18% - Analysis paper
  • 23% - Argument paper
  • 16% - Reflective introduction to your portfolio
  •   5% - Oral presentation(s)


The above percentages are general guidelines. To pass the course, you must have a passing average overall. In addition, because this is a course that expects you to achieve a certain level of writing ability, you must also have a passing average in major writing assignments, which are the Summary & Response, Argument, Analysis, and Reflective Introduction papers.

If you are not satisfied with a grade on homework (not including quizzes) or on Papers 1, 2, and 3 (any paper except the Reflective Introduction), you can revise them and turn them in again if they were turned in on time. The revision must be substantial before I will re-grade it. The last day that revised work can be turned in is December 10, 2015.

Criteria for writing and presentation assignments are available on the course Google site.

Attendance. Punctuality, & Participation

Punctuality and attendance are important elements of being professional. Attendance is taken and is part of the semester grade. Missing more than five classes will lower the semester grade by a full letter grade, and every two classes missed after that will result in lowering the semester grade by another full letter grade for each two classes missed. Being late three times counts as an absence.

We will meet in a computer classroom (CAS 303) on Thursdays. While in the computer classroom, computers must be used only for class-related activities. Three points will be deducted from your participation grade every time you do anything on the computers not related to the class or when the rest of us are not using them.

If we are not using the computers as a class, you must lay the monitor face down on the processor.

Food or drink is not allowed in CAS 303. If you bring food or drink into that room, the lab technicians can throw you out of class. If they do, you will be counted absent.

Besides participating in class activities, such as editing, revising, and discussion sessions, there may be required out-of-class activities, such as interventions.

Homework is due 1 1/2 hours BEFORE class begins. (In other words, on the day that homework is due, it must be turned in by 11:00 am.) Any assignment turned in after 11:00 am is not accepted and receives a zero. Class time cannot be used for doing homework unless directed to do so by the instructor.

Late Work

Late assignments are not accepted and will receive a grade of zero. Although work can be redone/revised, as noted above, to have that opportunity, you must have turned it in on time. If you cannot attend class when an assignment is due, post it to the appropriate place (Blackboard, Google site, Google docs, or email to me) at the required time before the class begins in which it is due. There is no makeup of in-class work.

Email requirements:

  • Checking email daily is required.
  • When emailing me, be sure to put a specific subject in the subject line and your name at the bottom of your message. 

Scholastic Honesty


Copying from a book or other material without giving credit to the author, copying other students' work, doing other students' assignments for them, or pretending in any way that someone else's work is yours is a serious unethical act. It will result in failure in the assignment and possible failure in the course. Extensive or repeated academic dishonesty can result in dismissal from the university. For complete guidelines on academic integrity, see the Kean University Policy on Academic Integrity, the Guide (pdf), and the Student Code of Conduct. Students are responsible and accountable for becoming familiar with the information on those Web sites.

We will be covering the use of sources in class. In general, I will ask you to provide me with photocopies or printouts of all sources you use. I will explain the procedures for presenting this material later in the course. If you have any questions about the use you are making of sources for your assignments, see me before you turn in the assignment. You should also use the originality report function at before turning in an assignment. This report will show you whether you have paraphrased words well or are too close to the original words of a source, thus plagiarizing the source.

Writing Center

For help in your writing, visit Kean's Writing Center. You can make an appointment either by going to the Center (CAS 111e), by calling 908-737-0317, or by using Tutortrac.

Personal Health & Safety

Important University Policies and Information

Students are responsible to review and understand the University Academic Integrity Policy (available at the Center for Academic Success or at

Students should review the Student Code of Conduct, as it discusses expectations of appropriate conduct in the classroom:

The Students Rights and Responsibilities handbook is available at:

Students are strongly encouraged to register for the University's emergency notification system ( in order to be informed of campus emergencies, weather notices, and other announcements.

All students must have a valid Kean email account.  For those who do not already have one, forms are available on-line at; click on E-mail Account Request Form.

Americans with Disabilities Statement & Non-Discrimination Statement:
Kean University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.  Students with documented disabilities who may need special instructional accommodations or who may need special arrangements in the event of an evacuation should notify the instructor as soon as possible, no later than the second week of the term.  Students may contact Kean Disability Office in Downs Hall Rm 127 to discuss special needs, 737-4910.

KU Non-Discrimination Policy:
Kean University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Spring 2014 Semester Schedule

  • Classes begin (Sep 1)
  • Last day to drop with 100% refund (Sep 8)
  • Last day to drop with 75% refund (Sep 15)
  • Last day to drop with 50% refund (Sep 22)
  • Last day to withdraw with a "W" grade - no refund (Oct 8)
  • Election Day - No Classes (Nov 3)
  • Thanksgiving - No Classes (Nov 26)
  • Term Ends (Dec 19)
  • Note 1: In order to withdraw, you must do the appropriate paper work at the One-Stop Service; if you merely stop attending, you will receive an F.
  • Note 2: For more important dates, go the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar.
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