ENG207 - Introduction - Scholarly Research and Writing

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Subject Title
Introduction - Scholarly Research and Writing

Subject Description
This course will focus on developing evaluative and analytical skills essential to writing an academic research paper. Students will deepen their understanding of scholarly materials, and refine their writing and documentation skills. The focus is on rhetorical analysis because it is the foundation of exposition and argument. A final research paper will be complemented by an oral presentation.

Credit Status
Required for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program; also a Liberal Studies Option (LSO) for Seneca degree students.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Read linguistically diverse material drawn from philosophical, psychological, sociological, historical, literary, cultural, theoretical, and scientific disciplines.
2. Identify and define topics as these relate to students' comprehension of pre-thesis and thesis positions in a piece of writing.
3. Discover deeper levels of implication and embedded meanings.
4. Master modes of precise rereading, highlighting, and annotating of texts.
5. Recognize endnotes, footnotes, appendices, bibliographies, and such, when confronting apparatus-laden texts.
6. Utilize traditional and virtual reference tools such as dictionaries, concordances, handbooks, and encyclopedias as helpful aids for researching arcane and obscure vocabulary and concepts.
7. Write clear and effective prose in a variety of analytical and argumentative formats, such as warranted proposals, literature reviews, and extended research projects.
8. Employ well-documented virtual and traditional research materials.
9. Create an interative presentation through the effective use of traditional and technological tools. 

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

EAC150 or equivalent

Topic Outline
Introduction to Course
Read and view with a critical eye; Think as a writer
Learn to write in academic disciplines; MLA style
Preparation for test; MLA style; Creating a working thesis and proposal
MLA Style
Scholarly books and academic databases versus popular books and general websites; Prep for in-class essay
Scholarly books and academic databases versus popular books and general websites
Research essay
Verbal and visual presentations and order of presentations

Mode of Instruction

Your professor will use a variety of appropriate teaching modes and techniques, such as the following:  lecture, question and answer, tutorials, classroom discussion, group work, individual and/or group presentation, computer-aided instruction, and consultation.

Prescribed Texts
Rosenwasser, D., Stephen, J., and Babington, D. Writing Analytically with Readings. Nelson.

Reference Material
Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style): http://seneca.libguides.com/mla

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Term Work:              75%
Research Essay:   25%

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood