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Upper Division Courses - Summer 2009

Welcome

Please note: the following list is subject to change and may not be comprehensive. Please check the online course listing for the full roster along with information on class days/times and room numbers. The course location is at UHD Main Campus unless otherwise noted. 

Course Titles

ENG 3302 - Business and Technical Report Writing (Summer I)

ENG 3302 - Business and Technical Report Writing (Summer II)

ENG 3305 - Essay Writing (Summer I)

ENG 3305 - Essay Writing (Summer I)

ENG 3309 - Creative Writing (Summer I)

ENG 3311 - Studies in Poetry (Summer I)

ENG 3311 - Studies in Poetry (Summer II)

ENG 3312 - Studies in Fiction (Summer II)

ENG 3318 - Studies in English Grammar (Summer I)

ENG 3333 - Writing for the Media (Summer I)

ENG 6301 - Composition Pedagogy (Summer 9-week)

ENG 6319 - Language Development and Variation: Implications for Educators (Summer 9-week)

ENG 6360 - Research Methods in Technical and Professional Communication

 


 

English 3302 - Business and Technical Report Writing

 

Wayne Schmadeka

Summer I

Two sections:

MTWR 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

MTWR 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

 

Prerequisite

Three credit hours of English literature.

 

Description

Students will study and practice writing the types of documents frequently used in the workplace, including cover letters and resumes, proposals, progress reports, formal reports, and PowerPoint presentations.

 

Objectives

  • Research, design, create and prepare informal and formal documents suitable for the workplace
  • Balance visual and verbal elements of communication in documents and oral presentations
  • Use current technology to search for and report information
  • Edit documents for correctness
  • Respond usefully to others' writing

Major assignments include writing

  • Cover letters and resumes in response to job announcements
  • A proposal for a recommendation/feasibility report
  • A progress report
  • A recommendation/feasibility report

Recent examples of reports include

  • Recommending construction of a pedestrian walkway froman off-campusparking lot to the UHD campus
  • Evaluating whether it is better for a student to remodel her existing home or build a new home
  • Soliciting funds from the Gates Foundation for an HIV prevention program in provincial China
  • Recommending upgrading HISD Police vehicles with state-of-the-art communications equipment

 

Textbook

Jones, D., and Lane, K. Technical Communication. 7th ed. New York : Pearson Education, 2002. ISBN: 0205325211.

 


 

ENG 3302 - Business and Technical Report Writing

 

Natalia Matveeva

Summer II

MTWR 2:45 - 4:45 p.m.

 

Catalog description

Study and practice of formal and informal presentation of technical information, with emphasis on report writing.

Departmentally required assignments/topics

  • Résumé
  • Job application letter
  • Proposal
  • Progress report
  • Feasibility report
  • Instructions or procedures
  • Memo (may be combined with other assignments)

Additional assignments

  • Additional assignments may be added at the discretion of your instructor. Information on those assignments will be found in a separate document supplied by your instructor.
  • Your instructor may combine several of the departmentally required or other assignments; for example, a proposal in memo format.
  • Your instructor may require additional assignments; for example, an oral presentation.
  • Your instructor may require a separate final exam or may use one of the assignments as a final project.

Textbook

Markel, Mike. Technical Communication. 7th Ed. Bedford/St.Martin's, 2004. (BRING TO EACH CLASS)

or

Markel, Mike. Technical Communication. 8th Ed. Bedford/St.Martin's, 2007. (BRING TO EACH CLASS)

Technology Requirements

  1. A WebCT Vista account
  2. An email account and access to the Internet
  3. Microsoft Word 2003 (You will not be able to work with Microsoft Works on the computers in our lab. All files should be in Microsoft Word.)
  4. A CD, a flash drive, or a floppy disk (BRING TO EACH CLASS).

 


 

English 3305 - Essay Writing

John H. Hudson, Ph.D.

MTWR 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

CRN 30274

 

This is a course in advanced non-fiction writing in which we will analyze and practice advanced rhetorical principles with a view to increasing clarity, effectiveness and precision.  The prerequisite for this course is three hours of literature.

 

Most of our writing topics for this course will focus on issues surrounding education today.  We will seek evidence for our arguments in a wide range of readings drawn from autobiography, journalism, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and more.

 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and apply basic rhetorical principles to any piece of writing;
  • Demonstrate clarity, effectiveness, and precision in extended, researched essays;
  • Construct strong, convincing, and well-supported arguments;
  • Effectively and gracefully blend source material into student writing; and
  • Apply principles of editing to student writing.

Requirements:  Class attendance, active participation in class activities and discussions, thorough reading of assigned materials, and four to five revised essays of varying lengths.

Textbook:

Williams, Joseph M., and Gregory G. Colomb.  The Craft of Argument.  Third ed.  New

York: Pearson Longman, 2007.

Other readings for the course will be provided electronically.

 


 

English 3305 - Essay Writing

 

Bill Gilbert

Summer I

MTWR 2:45 - 4:45 p.m.

CRN: 30287

 

This course offers an intense, effective reminder and updater of information important to successful writers of essays.  Particularly useful for future teachers and others who want to strengthen their writing skills for improved employment or for passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, the course asks students to examine and practice principles of rhetoric by rehearsing the stages of the writing process, with emphasis on increasing editing skills.  The two textbooks for the course (A Rhetoric of Argument by Fahnestock and Secor and Rhetorical Grammar by Kolln) indicate the twin purposes of the course.  Students will write four major revisable essays and regular homework assignments in both rhetoric and grammar.  Students will emerge from the course more competent and confident writers and editors, sensitive to both the needs of particular readers and to the strictures of the grammar of standard edited English.

 


 

English 3309 - Creative Writing

 

Jane Creighton

Summer I

MTWR 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

CRN: 30282

 

This class will introduce students to the skills, practices, and innovations of published writers in the genres of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. We will experiment daily and weekly with different forms in these genres. Over the course of the short semester, students will build a portfolio of their own writing, and will engage in lively critical response to the writing of others. Whether you are just beginning, or have been writing for awhile, the class will serve you by encouraging you to write and become a part of a literary dialogue that is going on well beyond the confines of the classroom.

 

Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft. 2nd edition. Janet Burroway. New York: Penguin, 2007

 


 

English 3311 - Studies in Poetry

 

Paul Kintzele

Summer I

UHS at Cinco Ranch

MTWR 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

CRN: 30277

                                    

This course will explore the history of poetic forms and genres from the late sixteenth century to the present. We will attend not only to the fundamentals of poetic craftsmanship (meter, rhyme, figurative language, wordplay, tone, and imagery), but also to the ways in which poets, like quivering seismographs, record the sensibilities of their particular times. In our reading, we will consider both the unique personal vision of each poet as well as the way poetry contributes to an ongoing and wide-ranging cultural discourse. Poets may include: Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Pope, Blake, Coleridge, Keats, Tennyson, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats, Eliot, Stevens, Pound, Hughes, Plath, Walcott, Heaney, and others. Requirements: three essays and a final exam.

 

Required Text:

 

Ferguson, Margaret, Mary Jo Salter, and Jon Stallworthy, eds. The Norton Anthology of Poetry. 5th ed. New York: Norton, 2004. ISBN: 0-393-97920-2.

 


 

English 3311 - Studies in Poetry


Robin Davidson

Summer II

MTWR 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

CRN: 40248

 

Twentieth-century Polish poet and translator, Stanisław Barańczak, writes: “Lyric poetry—which by its very nature is the voice of the individual—is the first to react whenever culture faces the task of ‘translating’ the common experience of society into the language of individual sensation; poetry is the quickest to put into words those questions that History poses to the individual human life and that human life poses to History.” In this course, we will explore poetic craft across a variety of centuries and cultures seeking what Barańczak describes as the exchange between lyric poetry and history. Our four weekly two-hour sessions will be composed of: (1) a 45-minute period of lecture on a particular topic related to poetic craft, and (2) a one-hour period of examination of one or more exemplar poems and class discussion, to include occasional sharing of your journal musings. As a means of becoming more skillful readers of poetry, we will explore such issues of craft as the tools of poetic language (e.g. imagery, metaphor, symbolism, irony), the construction of the poetic self, formalism and free verse, the tension between epic and lyric poetry, twentieth-century poetry’s relationship with the visual arts, and the art of translation. We will also examine in some detail American poets of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A review syllabus is available to students upon request (davidsonr@uhd.edu).

 

Texts: Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Volumes 1 and 2, Eds. Ramazani, Ellmann, and O'Clair (Norton, 2003). ISBN 0-393-97791-9 (Vol. 1) & 0-393-97792-7 (Vol. 2).

 

Requirements: an annotated bibliography, two critical essays.

 


 

English 3312 - Studies in Fiction

 

Giuliana Lund

Summer II

MTWR 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

 

This course introduces students to the interpretation of fiction through the study of short stories and novellas produced in Europe and the Americas from the nineteenth century to the present.  It familiarizes students with literary styles ranging from the gothic and fantastic to the realist, modernist, existentialist, magical realist, and postmodernist.  Students will encounter works from a variety of genres, including fairytales, ghost stories, science fiction, and mysteries.  This engagement with diverse works of fiction is complemented by exposure to relevant narrative theories.

 


 

English 3318 - Studies in English Grammar

Malcolm Williams

Summer I

Lone Star College - Cy-Fair

TR 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

CRN: 30348

 

This 3-credit-hour course in an intensive survey of the principles and problems of English Grammar. We begin by developing fluency in the vocabulary that is specific to a discussion of grammar and syntax.  In addition, focus will be placed on how to apply these principles to teaching and to studies in bilingualism.  Error analysis will be addressed also. Upon completion of this course, students should demonstrate

  • ability to articulate the goals of prescriptive as well descriptive grammar,
  • knowledge of the terminology of grammar and writing,
  • fluency in this terminology,
  • ability to find, correct, and explain common errors in language use,
  • application of basic language analysis skills to words and sentences,
  • ability to generate basic sentence trees using basic principles of phrase structure theories,
  • proficiency in exploiting corpus-external and corpus-internal evidence to explain how meaning emerges from structure.

Learning grammar is not about learning to understand what sentences mean.  Rather, grammar study is about learning how meaning is conveyed through a range of sentence structures and patterns.  Our bodies obey the laws of physics and chemistry without our conscious knowledge.  Likewise, our minds understand the rules of syntax perfectly!  If grammar seems difficult to you, it is because you are applying new terminology to concepts you learned so long ago that you no longer remember the steps in the acquisition process. It is to be hoped that this course will help you regain access to those processes.



 

English 3333: Writing for the Media

 

Professor Anthony Chiaviello

Summer I

MTWR 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

 

This upper-division, writing-intensive course provides an introduction to the varieties of writing seen in major media today. After a consideration of the practice of writing, the course reviews mechanics, usage, and style before undertaking an introduction to each kind of writing.  We will examine newswriting (both in print and online), and writing in broadcast media, advertising, and public relations. We will also explore legal and ethical concerns. The course consists of sequential daily writing assignments in the various media, with opportunities to revise and edit.

 


 

English 6301 - Composition Pedagogy

 

William Waters

Summer 9-week

MW 12:00 - 3:30 p.m.

CRN: 35052

 

This class is a practical exploration of composition theory for middle school and secondary school teachers.  Specifically, we will examine writing sequences that promote continued increases in linguistic maturity.  Using a process-oriented approach to teaching writing, we will identify typical writing stages and create informal and formal writing tasks designed to help students more productively grow as writers.  We will also examine the cause and correction of errors, the role of revision in improving long-term performance, and the design and application of formative and summative assessments. 

 

Requirements: Two equally weighted exams and a final project.

 


 

English 6319 - Language Development and Variation: Implications for Educators

 

Dr. Michael R. Dressman

Professor of English

Summer 9-week session (Special dates: June 8-July 21)

MW 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., room A621

CRN: 35051

 

This is a graduate course in applied linguistics and is part of the curriculum for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program.  However, the course has wider scope and applicability, and it would be useful for anyone interested in language policy issues, including MSPWTC students

The main objectives of the course are that you will be able to

 

  1. demonstrate a working knowledge of the basics principles and practices of descriptive linguistics, with mastery, in particular, in the areas of phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax
  2. speak and write with understanding on major issues in language development, language variety, and language policy
  3. engage in research and writing activities appropriate to the course’s level and scope.

 

The major assignment for the course is an annotated bibliography and position paper on a topic in language policy. The aim of the assignment is to make you equipped to be a contributing member of the academy in language policy matters.

The class time, early in the course, will be spent in lecture, demonstration, and discussion of the fundamentals of linguistic study, with some attention to language variation. Gradually, as the academic term progresses, class time will more and more shift attention to the subjects of language acquisition; dialects/language variation (social, regional, ethnic, etc.); and language policy issues in schools, media, arts, public agencies, and other situations.  We will also explore such topics as languages in contact; reading, writing, and speaking in schools; and what we mean by the teaching of grammar.

 


 

English 6360: Research Methods in Technical & Professional Communication

 

Natalia Matveeva

Summer II

MW In Person Hybrid 5:30pm 7:30pm

 

UHD Course Catalog Description

ENG 6360 explores “selected topics in writing for industry, linguistics, pedagogy, and rhetorical or discourse theory. When course content varies, course may be repeated by permission of department.”

Course Goals

The purpose of this graduate course is to introduce students to the key qualitative and quantitative research methods for conducting research in Technical and Professional Communication. The course will help students in completing their thesis/capstone projects for their Master of Science in Professional Writing and Technical Communication degree.

 

Through various assignments, students will learn how to

 

  • select an appropriate research method based on their research questions, available subjects, and resources;
  • prepare all necessary documentation for the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) at UHD
  • administer various research methods in accordance with reliability, validity, and generalizability requirements; and
  • analyze and report the collected data in an appropriate format.

Technology Requirements

 

  1. A WebCT Vista account
  2. An email account and access to the Internet
  3. Microsoft Word
  4. A CD, a flash drive, or a floppy disk (BRING TO EACH CLASS).

 

Textbook

Laura J. Gurak and Mary M. Lay, eds. Research in Technical Communication, 2002. (lib. reserves)

Note: Other reading materials will be distributed in class or through the library’s electronic reserve.

 

 

 

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