CO150 College Composition
Fall 2007 Section 48
2:00-2:50 MWF
Clark C213

Instructor: Jen Lamb
Office: 353 Eddy Hall
Office Hours:  10:00-11:00 MWF     
E-mail (anytime):

Course Description:
CO150 is designed to give you a set of writing tools that you will use throughout your college career and your life.  Writing is an open, free-flowing dialogue - between a reader and a text, a writer and a reader, a reader and the world - and as such, has a purpose, an audience, and a context.  We will learn to be conscious of our purpose, audience, and context as we take part in public discourse; we will also develop critical reading and thinking skills as well as revision tactics to help us be more accountable participants in written dialogues.

In addition, our course goals throughout the semester include:

With these goals and concepts in mind, our course is structured in three phases.  In Phase 1, we’ll hone critical reading skills as we listen to the conversation on the question-at-issue: what should we eat?  In Phase 2, we’ll inquire into questions raised during the first phase, and then add our voices to the conversation by writing arguments. In Phase 3, we’ll begin new conversations about local sites of interest to new CSU students by investigating campus and community resources and writing an argument for a public audience.  Each phase builds on the previous one to further develop the skills needed to achieve the course goals.

Required Materials:
The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers, 7th edition, ed. Stephen Reid
Printed copies of all required readings and research materials
Internet access is required for this course. 
Assignments and Grading:

Grading Breakdown, CO150 2007-08


#1 – Academic Summary


#2 – Critical Response


#3 – Investigation and Explanation


#4 – Academic Argument


#5 – Local Inquiry and Public Argument




Participation / Attendance:
We will discuss writing tactics and tools every day in class.  Attendance is mandatory.  However, I fully understand that circumstances may occasionally prevent you from attending class.  Up to three absences are acceptable and excused - no reasons, no excuses, no warnings are necessary.  Every missed class period in excess of the three allowed absences will lower your attendance grade by one full letter grade, and excessive absences (missing a third or more of our regularly scheduled class sessions) will result in failure of the course.


Academic Integrity:
Be aware that the following constitutes plagiarism and is grounds for failure of this class and disciplinary action by the university: submitting someone else's paper as your own; using a phrase without acknowledging its source; using a source without citing it correctly; "padding" a bibliography by making up sources or citing a source you didn't use in your research.  Please see the student handbook section on Academic Integrity for further details.  In cases of suspected academic dishonesty, all instructors at CSU are required to forward documentary evidence to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services.  The Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services will ensure due process and advise instructors regarding appropriate disposition of the case. 

Any student eligible for academic adjustments because of a learning disability or medical condition should contact the Office of Resources for Disabled Students for development of appropriate accommodations.   I can only make accommodations after receiving appropriate documentation from the Office of Resources for Disabled Students.


TENTATIVE WEEKLY SCHEDULE (Please see our Writing Studio Calendar for specific due dates.)



Workshops and Due dates

PHG Readings

Week One
8.20, 8.22, 8.24

Course intro, academic inquiry, close reading and academic summary, “One Thing to do About Food,” “Our National Eating Disorder”


About writing on  pp. 3-14 and about summary on pp. 163-168

Week Two
8.27, 8.29, 8.31

“You Are What You Grow,” “Mass Natural,” academic summary

Academic summary workshop this week

About summary on pp. 199-207 and about the writing process on pp. 34-37

Week Three
9.5 & 9.7

Critical reading, “An Animal’s Place,” “Power Steer”

Academic summary due this week

About rhetorical situations on pp. 17-29 and about critical reading on pp. 157-163

Week Four
9.10, 9.12, 9.14

“Power Steer,” “The Modern Hunter-Gatherer,” Michael Pollan research, letter prewriting


About critical reading on pp. 157-163

Week Five
9.17, 9.19, 9.21

Letter workshop

Letter workshop this week

About revision on pp. 211 and 213

Week Six
9.24, 9.26, 9.28

Inquiry topics, research, annotated bibliographies

Letter due this week

About the MLA system on pp. 655-665

Week Seven
10.1, 10.3, 10.5

Library instruction, research, group conferences


About evaluating sources on pp. 615-616 and about collecting on pp. 628-643

Week Eight
10.8, 10.10, 10.12

Group conferences, drafting

Investigation and Explanation due this week

About explaining on pp. 303-316 and on pp. 331-347

Week Nine
10.15, 10.17, 10.19

Academic argument

Investigation and Explanation due this week

About argument on pp. 471-551

Week Ten
10.22, 10.24, 10.26

Zero-draft conferences, argument strategies


About argument on pp. 471-551

Week Eleven
10.29, 10.31, 11.2

Argument appeals, logical fallacies, argument workshop

Academic argument workshop this week

About argument on pp. 471-551

Week Twelve
11.5, 11.7, 11.9

Local inquiry topics, field research

Academic argument due this week

About field research on  pp. 272-287

Week Thirteen
11.12, 11.14, 11.16

Field research


About field research on pp. 272-287 and about explaining on pp. 303-315

Week Fourteen
11.26, 11.28, 11.30

Local inquiry workshop, public argument

Local inquiry workshop this week
Local inquiry due this week

About explaining and revision on pp. 335-359 and about problem solving on pp. 420-427

Week Fifteen
12.3, 12.5, 12.7

Public argument strategies, public argument workshop

Public argument workshop this week

About rhetorical choices on pp. 21-33 and about the writing process on pp. 34-37

Finals Week
12.10 (MON. 5:50-7:50pm)

Final “exam”

Public argument due this week (Monday 12.10)


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