DEV 0920

Foundations of College Reading and Writing

Instructor: Dr. Jim Schwartz
Office: Dwyer 258
Phone: (419) 586-0356
Office Hours: 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon M-W-F (and by appointment)

Conlin, Mary Lou. Patterns Plus: A Short Prose Reader with Argumentation. 10th ed. Boston: Wadsworth, 2011. Print.

Developmental Education 0920 contains intensive, weekly in-class and online instruction in reading, writing, and critical thinking. The course emphasizes reflection, revision, collaboration, and self-assessment to prepare students for collegiate success.

You are expected to attend the scheduled Monday classes. Attendance will be taken. Wednesday assignments are online and are based on readings from Patterns Plus. You will use email to submit your completed assignments to me at on or before the Friday of the week each respective assignment is made.

You are expected to complete all online assigned exercises. In addition, on most Mondays you will be given individual and collaborative assignments. Some of these tasks may require a basic understanding of online search engines. All collected work will be weighted equally and will be marked using either a P (pass) or a U (unsatisfactory). To successfully pass the course you must average 70% P grades during the semester.


Office of Disabilities Services
If a student has a disability that will require special accommodations, it is essential that he or she discuss it with the instructor and/or The Office of Disability Services (ODS) before or during the first week of the semester. ODS will work with these students on an individual basis to determine what services, equipment, and accommodations would be appropriate regarding their documented needs. Students who may qualify for these types of service should initiate contact with the instructor and/ or ODS as soon as possible to enable the university to meet their needs.

Please call Deanna Springer at 419-586-0366 
or visit ODS (Rm 225) for more information.

Student Success Center
The Student Success Center offers FREE services to help students meet their full potential. Tutoring in any subject, study groups, one-on-one technology workshops, feedback on writing assignments, and general academic skills coaching available. We offer in-person and online appointments.

Location: Andrews 182
Phone: 419-586-0326

Library & Technology Center
The Library & Technology Center provides free access to scholarly resources in all formats, supports teaching, learning, and research in an intellectually open environment, and provides instruction in the use of traditional and new information resources and technologies. WSU students can also visit the LTC for assistance with creating or editing multimedia projects i.e. PowerPoint, Voiceovers, Website development, etc., free of charge. The LTC is temporarily housed in the modular located in the back of the school. For additional information about the LTC and the services we provide contact Jamon Flowers via email at .edu or by phone at (419) 586-0360 or Christine Junker The LTC is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am – 6pm and on Friday from 9 am – 5 pm. No appointment is necessary.

Academic Integrity
It is the policy of Wright State University to uphold and support standards of personal honesty and integrity for all students consistent with the goals of a community of scholars and students seeking knowledge and truth. Furthermore, it is the policy of the university to enforce these standards through fair and objective procedures governing instances of alleged dishonesty, cheating, and other academic misconduct. For more information on the Academic Integrity Policy, please see:

M 08/28 — FIRST DAY OF CLASS — Course Introduction
W 08/30 — Email Send/Receive Trials

M 09/04 — NO CLASS — Labor Day Holiday
W 09/06 — Online Email Exercise: “The Basics of Writing: Processes and Strategies” (1-12)

M 09/11 — “Narration” (13-44)
W 09/13 — Online Email Exercise: “Narration” (13-44)

M 09/18 — “Description” (45-76)
W 09/20 — Online Email Exercise: “Description” (45-76)

M 09/25 — “Examples” (77-106)
W 09/27 — Online Email Exercise: “Examples” (77-106)

M 10/02 — “Classification and Division” (107-140)
W 10/04 — Online Email Exercise: “Classification and Division” (107-140)

M 10/09 — “Comparison and Contrast” (141-168)
W 10/11 — Online Email Exercise: “Comparison and Contrast” (141-168)

M 10/16 — “Process” (169-188)
W 10/18 — Online Email Exercise: “Process” (169-188)

M 10/23 — “Cause and Effect” (189-224)
W 10/25 — Online Email Exercise: “Cause and Effect” (189-224)

M 10/30 — “Definition” (225-248)
W 11/01 — Online Email Exercise: “Definition” (225-248)

M 11/06 — “Argument and Persuasion” (249-257)
W 11/08 — Online Email Exercise: “Argument and Persuasion” (249-257)

M 11/13 —“Argument and Persuasion” (258-263)
W 11/15 — Online Email Exercise: “Argument and Persuasion” (258-263)

M 11/20 — In-Class Glossary Review
W 11/22 — No Class (Thanksgiving Vacation)

M 11/27 —“Argument and Persuasion” (264-270)
W 11/29 — Online Email Exercise: “Argument and Persuasion” (264-270)

M 12/04 — ”Combining Strategies” (287-299)
W 12/06 — Online Email Exercise: ”Combining Strategies” (287-299)