English 1302-14 Rhetoric & Composition II Spring 2023

Tim Morris

1000-1050 MWF, 215 Trimble Hall

Tim Morris office hours: 0900-0950 weekdays, 420 Carlisle Hall


office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

Required texts:

They Say / I Say (Fifth, UTA edition), 978-1-324-02225-1
or electronic at https://digital.wwnorton.com/theysay5utarlington


When a reading from They Say / I Say (TSIS) is indicated, read that section of TSIS before coming to class, and be prepared to summarize it, and to ask and answer questions about it

Wed 18 + Fri 20 Jan: NO CLASS MEETINGS (jury duty)

Mon 23 Jan: Introductions

Wed 25 Jan: Diagnostic Writing (in class)

Fri 27 Jan: The 1302 Assignment Sequence

Mon 30 Jan: Branches, Canons, and Appeals in Rhetoric



Mon 6 Feb: The Rhetorical Situation (TSIS UTA pages 62-72); Entering the Conversation (TSIS Introduction, pages 1-18)

Wed 8 Feb: So What? Who Cares? (TSIS Chapter 7, pages 96-106); "They Say" (TSIS Chapter 1, pages 19-31)

Fri 10 Feb: NO CLASS MEETING (EGSA Conference)

Sun 12 Feb: Writeup of your Faculty Interview, due by 1159pm in Canvas


Wed 15 Feb: Revising (TSIS Chapter 11, pages 149-171)

Fri 17 Feb: Academic Dishonesty

Mon 20 Feb: Finding Academic Sources

Wed 22 Feb: ethos

Fri 24 Feb: pathos

Sun 26 Feb: Issue Proposal due by 1159pm in Canvas

Mon 27 Feb: logos

Wed 1 March: logical fallacies

Fri 3 March: NO CLASS (Hermanns Lectures)

Mon 6 March: argument and statistics

Wed 8 March: argument and statistics



Sun 19 March: Annotated Bibliography due by 1159pm in Canvas

Mon 20 March: spring forward

Wed 22 March: language acquisition

Fri 24 March: NO CLASS MEETING (travel)

Mon 27 March: NO CLASS MEETING; draft of Mapping the Issue due by 1159pm in Canvas

Wed 29 March: speech vs. writing

Fri 31 March: mechanics of writing

Mon 4 Apr: dialects, standards, prescription, description

Wed 5 + Fri 7 Apr: NO CLASS MEETINGS (PCA/ACA conference)

Sun 9 Apr: Mapping the Issue due by 1159pm in Canvas

Mon 10 Apr: warrants

Wed 12 Apr: naysayers

Fri 14 Apr: a look ahead at the RPP and Presentations

Mon 17 Apr: NO CLASS MEETING; draft of Researched Position Paper due by 1159pm in Canvas

Wed 19, Fri 21, Mon 24, Wed 26, Fri 28 Apr: presentations


Tues 2 May: Researched Position paper due by 1159pm in Canvas

syllabus: The effective version of the syllabus is always at https://tmorris.utasites.cloud/courses/1302sp23/1302mainsp23.html. If you are looking at a print or .pdf version, please make sure to consult the online version for updates.

grading: Your final grade for this course will consist of the following:

For the five formal papers, you have 24 hours after the paper is due to correct mistakes (wrong draft posted, deadline just missed, etc.) E-mail corrected versions directly to me at tmorris@uta.edu (the Canvas assignment will have closed). Most papers are due on a Sunday, so corrections can come in till 1159pm on Monday; the RPP is due on a Tuesday, so corrections are possible till 1159pm Wednesday 3 May. Failing credit (50% or below) will be the maximum you can earn after that 24-hour grace period. After the next assignment is due (in the sequence Faculty Interview / Issue Proposal / Annotated Bibliography / Mapping the Issue / Researched Position Paper), no credit can be earned and you will get a zero on previous assignments. You may not revise & resubmit an already-submitted final version of any paper (by contrast, draft versions of the MI and RPP papers are of course meant to be revised). No work, for any kind of credit, will be accepted after 1159pm Wed. 3 May.
Final grades in ENGL 1302 are A, B, C, F, and Z. Final grades will be calculated as follows: A=90-100%, B=80-89.99%, C=70-79.99%, F=69.99%-and below; Z=see the Z grade policy directly below.

The Z grade is reserved for students who attend class regularly, participate actively, and complete all the assigned work on time but simply fail to write well enough to earn a passing grade. This judgment is made by the instructor and not necessarily based upon a number average. The Z grade is intended to reward students for good effort. While students who receive a Z will not get credit for the course, the Z grade will not affect their grade point average. They may repeat the course for credit until they do earn a passing grade. The F grade, which does negatively affect GPA, goes to failing students who do not participate actively in class, and/or do not complete assigned work.

attendance: At The University of Texas at Arlington, taking attendance is not required but attendance is a critical indicator in student success. Each faculty member is free to develop his or her own methods of evaluating students' academic performance, which includes establishing course-specific policies on attendance. As the instructor of this section, I require regular attendance and participation. Absence will severely lower your grade. The U.S. Department of Education requires that the University have a mechanism in place to mark when Federal Student Aid recipients "begin attendance in a course." UT Arlington instructors will report when students begin attendance in a course as part of the final grading process. Specifically, when assigning a student a grade of F, faculty report the last date a student attended their class based on evidence such as a test, participation in a class project or presentation, or an engagement online via Blackboard. This date is reported to the Department of Education for federal financial aid recipients.

This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in communication. Continues ENGL 1301, but with an emphasis on advanced techniques of academic argument. Includes issue identification, independent library research, analysis and evaluation of sources, and synthesis of sources with students' own claims, reasons, and evidence. This course focuses on critical engagement with ethical and social issues and the development of academic arguments that communicate a specific point of view. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1301.

Students must pass ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 with a grade of C or higher in order to move on to the next course. This policy is in place because of the key role that First-Year English courses play in students' educational experiences at UTA.

Core Objectives:
Critical Thinking Skills: To include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Communication Skills: To include effective development and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication.
Teamwork: To include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
Personal Responsibility: To include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

ENGL 1302 Expected Learning Outcomes
In ENGL 1302, students build on the knowledge and information that they learned in ENGL 1301. By the end of ENGL 1302, students should be able to:
Rhetorical Knowledge
Identify and analyze the components and complexities of a rhetorical situation
Use knowledge of audience, exigence, constraints, genre, tone, diction, syntax, and structure to produce situation-appropriate argumentative texts, including texts that move beyond formulaic structures
Know and use special terminology for analyzing and producing arguments
Practice and analyze informal logic as used in argumentative texts
Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing
Understand the interactions among critical thinking, critical reading, and writing
Integrate personal experiences, values, and beliefs into larger social conversations and contexts
Find, evaluate, and analyze primary and secondary sources for appropriateness, timeliness, and validity
Produce situation-appropriate argumentative texts that synthesize sources with their own ideas and advance the conversation on an important issue
Provide valid, reliable, and appropriate support for claims, and analyze evidentiary support in others' texts
Practice flexible strategies for generating, revising, and editing complex argumentative texts
Engage in all stages of advanced, independent library research
Practice writing as a recursive process that can lead to substantive changes in ideas, structure, and supporting evidence through multiple revisions
Use the collaborative and social aspects of writing to critique their own and others' arguments
Apply and develop knowledge of genre conventions ranging from structure and paragraphing to tone and mechanics, and be aware of the field-specific nature of these conventions
Summarize, paraphrase, and quote from sources using appropriate documentation style
Revise for style and edit for features such as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling
Employ technologies to format texts according to appropriate stylistic conventions
Paper Reuse Policy: You are not allowed, under any circumstances, to reuse papers from prior classes in this course or any other course that you have taken at any institution. Reusing papers does not demonstrate any advance in knowledge or skill, and so would not be helpful for you either in terms of your learning this semester, or for me in terms of assessing this learning. If you feel your situation constitutes a clear or significant exception to this rule, you must discuss this with me prior to the due date of the first draft.
Grade Grievances: First Year English has a specific procedure that must be followed in order for a student to appeal a grade or any other matter related to their 1301/02 class. First, the student must communicate with the instructor in an attempt to resolve any matter in question. The next step is for students to communicate with the Director of First Year English. The Director will then advise students on the next official steps in any appeal process. Any appeal of a grade in this course must follow the procedures and deadlines for grade-related grievances as published in the current undergraduate / graduate catalog. See http://catalog.uta.edu/academicregulations/grades/#undergraduatetext and follow the tabs to the right.

drop policy: Students may drop or swap (adding and dropping a class concurrently) classes through self-service in MyMav from the beginning of the registration period through the late registration period. After the late registration period, students must see their academic advisor to drop a class or withdraw. Undeclared students must see an advisor in the University Advising Center. Drops can continue through a point two-thirds of the way through the term or session. It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw if they do not plan to attend after registering. Students will not be automatically dropped for non-attendance. Repayment of certain types of financial aid administered through the University may be required as the result of dropping classes or withdrawing. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (http://wweb.uta.edu/aao/fao/).

academic integrity: Students enrolled in this course are expected to adhere to the UT Arlington Honor Code:

I pledge, on my honor, to uphold UT Arlington's tradition of academic integrity, a tradition that values hard work and honest effort in the pursuit of academic excellence.
I promise that I will submit only work that I personally create or contribute to group collaborations, and I will appropriately reference any work from other sources. I will follow the highest standards of integrity and uphold the spirit of the Honor Code.
UT Arlington faculty members may employ the Honor Code as they see fit in their courses, including (but not limited to) having students acknowledge the honor code as part of an examination or requiring students to incorporate the honor code into any work submitted. Per UT System Regents' Rule 50101, 2.2, suspected violations of university's standards for academic integrity (including the Honor Code) will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Violators will be disciplined in accordance with University policy, which may result in the student's suspension or expulsion from the University.

disability accommodations: UT Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of all federal equal opportunity legislation, including The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. All instructors at UT Arlington are required by law to provide "reasonable accommodations" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of disability. Students are responsible for providing the instructor with official notification in the form of a letter certified by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). Only those students who have officially documented a need for an accommodation will have their request honored. Students experiencing a range of conditions (Physical, Learning, Chronic Health, Mental Health, and Sensory) that may cause diminished academic performance or other barriers to learning may seek services and/or accommodations by contacting: The Office for Students with Disabilities, (OSD) http://www.uta.edu/disability/ or calling 817-272-3364. Information regarding diagnostic criteria and policies for obtaining disability-based academic accommodations can be found at www.uta.edu/disability.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) www.uta.edu/caps/ or calling 817-272-3671 is also available to all students to help increase their understanding of personal issues, address mental and behavioral health problems and make positive changes in their lives.

Non-Discrimination Policy: The University of Texas at Arlington does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, genetic information, and/or veteran status in its educational programs or activities it operates. For more information, visit uta.edu/eos.

Title IX Policy: The University of Texas at Arlington ("University") is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination based on sex in accordance with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits sex discrimination in employment; and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act). Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination and will not be tolerated. For information regarding Title IX, visit www.uta.edu/titleIX or contact Ms. Michelle Willbanks, Title IX Coordinator at (817) 272-4585 or titleix@uta.edu

Academic Integrity: Students enrolled all UT Arlington courses are expected to adhere to the UT Arlington Honor Code:

I pledge, on my honor, to uphold UT Arlington's tradition of academic integrity, a tradition that values hard work and honest effort in the pursuit of academic excellence. I promise that I will submit only work that I personally create or contribute to group collaborations, and I will appropriately reference any work from other sources. I will follow the highest standards of integrity and uphold the spirit of the Honor Code.

UT Arlington faculty members may employ the Honor Code in their courses by having students acknowledge the honor code as part of an examination or requiring students to incorporate the honor code into any work submitted. Per UT System Regents' Rule 50101, ยง2.2, suspected violations of university's standards for academic integrity (including the Honor Code) will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Violators will be disciplined in accordance with University policy, which may result in the student's suspension or expulsion from the University. Additional information is available at https://www.uta.edu/conduct/. Faculty are encouraged to discuss plagiarism and share the following library tutorials http://libguides.uta.edu/copyright/plagiarism and http://library.uta.edu/plagiarism/

Electronic Communication: UT Arlington has adopted MavMail as its official means to communicate with students about important deadlines and events, as well as to transact university-related business regarding financial aid, tuition, grades, graduation, etc. All students are assigned a MavMail account and are responsible for checking the inbox regularly. There is no additional charge to students for using this account, which remains active even after graduation. Information about activating and using MavMail is available at http://www.uta.edu/oit/cs/email/mavmail.php.

Campus Carry: Effective August 1, 2016, the Campus Carry law (Senate Bill 11) allows those licensed individuals to carry a concealed handgun in buildings on public university campuses, except in locations the University establishes as prohibited. Under the new law, openly carrying handguns is not allowed on college campuses. For more information, visit http://www.uta.edu/news/info/campus-carry/

Student Feedback Survey: At the end of each term, students enrolled in face-to-face and online classes categorized as "lecture," "seminar," or "laboratory" are directed to complete an online Student Feedback Survey (SFS). Instructions on how to access the SFS for this course will be sent directly to each student through MavMail approximately 10 days before the end of the term. Each student's feedback via the SFS database is aggregated with that of other students enrolled in the course. Students' anonymity will be protected to the extent that the law allows. UT Arlington's effort to solicit, gather, tabulate, and publish student feedback is required by state law and aggregate results are posted online. Data from SFS is also used for faculty and program evaluations. For more information, visit http://www.uta.edu/sfs.

Final Review Week: for semester-long courses, a period of five class days prior to the first day of final examinations in the long sessions shall be designated as Final Review Week. The purpose of this week is to allow students sufficient time to prepare for final examinations. During this week, there shall be no scheduled activities such as required field trips or performances; and no instructor shall assign any themes, research problems or exercises of similar scope that have a completion date during or following this week unless specified in the class syllabus. During Final Review Week, an instructor shall not give any examinations constituting 10% or more of the final grade, except makeup tests and laboratory examinations. In addition, no instructor shall give any portion of the final examination during Final Review Week. During this week, classes are held as scheduled. In addition, instructors are not required to limit content to topics that have been previously covered; they may introduce new concepts as appropriate.

Emergency Exit Procedures: Should we experience an emergency event that requires us to vacate the building, students should exit the room and move toward the nearest exit, which is located outside the classroom door. When exiting the building during an emergency, one should never take an elevator but should use the stairwells. Faculty members and instructional staff will assist students in selecting the safest route for evacuation and will make arrangements to assist individuals with disabilities.

Student Support Services: UT Arlington provides a variety of resources and programs designed to help students develop academic skills, deal with personal situations, and better understand concepts and information related to their courses. Resources include tutoring, major-based learning centers, developmental education, advising and mentoring, personal counseling, and federally funded programs. For individualized referrals, students may visit the reception desk at University College (Ransom Hall), call the Maverick Resource Hotline at 817-272-6107, send a message to resources@uta.edu, or view the information at http://www.uta.edu/studentsuccess/success-programs/programs/resource-hotline.php