Instructor: James Donelan
Due date: In class, October 12, 1999
Welcome to Norton Connect.Net and Writing 2! If you are reading this, your first log in was successful.
The purpose of today’s assignment is to introduce you to group commentary and discussion of writing assignments and to begin an exchange of ideas on scientific writing. Here are the instructions.
After you have posted your assignment, join your discussion group and address two issues in at least two other students’ responses to the questions.
Post the answer to this question in the lower window of your Connect screen.
Feynman wrote his lecture on basic physics in the early 1960’s; Hawking’s
essay on the modern view of the universe is only about ten years old.
Are there any significant differences between them? Are they as large
as the differences between the view of the universe presented by physics
before and after the 1920’s? Using examples from the essays, describe
how a change in world view came about, either between Feynman’s and Hawking’s
time, or before and after the beginning of the modern era.
If you didn't get (or lost) the syllabus, just print out the pages below. Following the syllabus are detailed instructions for installing Norton Connect.Net.
Writing 2—Academic Writing
Instructor: James H. Donelan
T, R 12:00-1:50 in GIRV 2108; Section 17, Course No. 44859
Office Hours: Monday 9:00-10:00, Tuesday 2:00-3:00
J. Donelan's Course Page
Texts: Tuman and Rodriguez, Writing Essentials and Connect.Net (a single package)
Feynman, Six Easy Pieces
Hawking, A Brief History of Time
Woolf, Jacob’s Room
A xeroxed reader available at Graphikart in Isla Vista.
The books are at the UCSB Bookstore.
Course Description: The course will explore the fundamental forms and styles of academic writing across the disciplines through developments in a single historical period, the beginning of the twentieth century. Students will research and write a series of exercises and essays in three areas: natural science, social science, and the humanities.
Requirements: The course requires regular attendance, active participation in class and electronic discussion, and timely completion of all assignments, including all writing exercises and preliminary drafts as well as the final draft of each assignment.
In addition, please do your best to observe the following rules:
How to Read the Syllabus
The homework and reading assignments on the syllabus describe what is due by the time you arrive in class. For instance, the syllabus for February 8 reads:
Reading: Einstein, excerpts from Relativity and "E=mc2"; Hawking, "Einstein."
Homework: Scientific Definitions.
This means that on the night of October 11 or the morning of October 12, you should read the assignment in the reader and complete the written assignment. "CA" stands for "Connect Assignment," a written assignment using the Norton Connect.Net computer program. In this case, you will do the Connect.Net assignment during class time; you will also be required to complete written assignments on Connect.Net as homework. All Connect.Net work must be completed by class on the day it is due, unless otherwise noted. Home computer failure is not a valid excuse for missing an assignment; go to an IC lab if you can’t use your home computer.
Introduction: Writing 2 and Modernism
9/30 Reading: Fussell, "Never Such Innocence Again"; Scannell, "The Great War."
In-class: Writing Sample: Historical memory .
I: Science: The Beginnings of Modern Physics
Homework: 250 word (1 page) answer to the question, "What is normal science?"
10/7 Reading: Feynman, "Basic Physics"; Hawking, "Our Picture of the Universe,"
Homework: 250 word (1 page) description of a world view.
In-class: Small group discussion: Writing Processes
Homework: Scientific Definitions.
In-class: CA 1: Introduction to Connect.Net
10/14 Class meets in Davidson Library.
Reading: Hawking, "Space and Time" and "Einstein’s Dream." (in reader)
Homework: CA 2: Summary.
In-class: Library Visit
Homework: CA 3: Library Research.
In-class: Film, A Brief History of Time
10/21 Reading: Hawking, "Black Holes" and "Black Holes Ain’t So Black"
Homework: CA 4: First draft of Scientific Review.
In-class: CA 5: Partner review; paragraph development.
Homework: Second draft of Scientific Review—bring printout to class.
In-class: Proofreading strategies.
10/27 Scientific Review Essay Due
II: Social Science: The History and Psychology of Modern War
10/28 Reading: Fussell, "On Modern War"; Keegan, "The Somme"—"The Battlefield"
through "The Battle."
Homework: CA 6: Historical Argument.
In-class: In-class writing: What is modern about modern war?.
Homework: CA 7: Historical Evidence.
In-class: Critical reading exercise.
11/4 Reading: Sweeney, "Letter to Ivy Williams"; Horowitz, et. al. "Introduction,"
"Signs and Symptons of PTSD."
Homework: CA 8: Prospectus for Social Science Essay.
In-class: Group discussion.
Homework: CA 9: Social Science Research.
In-class: Research Colloquium.
11/11 Reading: Pitman, et al. "Psychophysiologic Responses to Combat Imagery."
Homework: CA 10: Outline and working thesis—bring printout to class.
In-class: Outline Development.
Homework: CA 11: Rough Draft of Social Science Essay.
In-class: Partner Critique.
11/17 Social Science Essay Due
III: Humanities: War Poetry and the Modern Novel
11/18 Reading: Wilfred Owen and W.H. Auden, selected poems.
Homework: CA 12: Poetry and Experience.
In-class: CA 13: War poets site—short essay and discussion.
Homework: CA 14: Interpreting poetry.
In-class: Metrical analysis.
11/25 Happy Thanksgiving!
In-class: CA 16: Short essay and discussion of Jacob’s Room.
12/1 Screening of Grand Illusion, TBA
12/2 Reading: Woolf, Jacob’s Room 37-98.
Homework: CA 17: Prospectus of literature essay.
In-class: CA 18: Group Research and Discussion.
Homework: CA 19: Outline and introduction to humanities essay due; bring
printout to class.
In-class: Group discussion and critique.
12/9 Homework: CA 20: Rough draft due; prepare final project presentation.
In-class: Oral presentations.
12/10 Humanities Essay Due.
Further Instructions for Home Installation of Connect.Net
Home installation of Connect.Net is not difficult, but it must be done precisely. First, you need to know if your system meets these requirements.