Writing Done by a College English Instructor
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Ethical/Intercultural Concerns
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syllabusPrimary: students and myself; Secondary: department administration; Tertiary: ColleaguesPublic statement of information about the course: to outline the policies and the schedule; to indicate the resources required (e.g., texts); to explain the work requirements3 to 5 pages, including the schedule. Can be longer if first assignments are included.Written policy documentIncludes headings, bulleted lists, and a calendar; can include images and illustrationsNot covered specifically in the textbook. Markel, chapter 12 (Informational Reports) may have some relevant informationhttp://3764su15.tracigardner.com/syllabus/
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course descriptionsPrimary: students and myself; Secondary: department administrationExplain the objectives for the course, including details on texts and projects, in order to provide students with the information needed to decide whether to enroll in the course100 to 200-word paragraphTechnical descriptionOften includes names of texts or authors covered, particularly for literature coursesMarkel, chapter 14, pp. 366-374http://www.undergraduate.english.vt.edu/courses/index.html
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project assignments
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course website
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email messages
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faculty activity report
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conference proposals
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blog posts
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