Course Schedule

First-Year/Sophomore 101, Fall 2013

Module One: Questions About College

Reading Assignments

  • Louis Menand, Live and Learn: Why We Have College, The New Yorker.
  • Kate Zernike, Making College 'Relevant', New York Times.
  • Philip Babcock (and other authors), Room for Debate: Too Much Free Time on Campus?, New York Times.
  • Lyn Dupre, Read Me: Ear, Bugs in Writing.

Homework Assignments

In-class Activities

  • Lecture and discussion
  • Short presentations
  • Small group work
  • Peer editing
  • Descriptive and persuasive writing

Module Two: "Instructions" for Living

Reading Assignments

  • Richard Hamming, You and Your Research
  • Paul Hoffman, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers
  • Paul Tough, What if the Secret to Success is Failure?
  • Wikipedia, Erdos Number
  • AMS MathSciNet, Collaboration Distance Calculator
  • Diana Hacker, A Writer's Reference, Pages 10-11 (Section C1-c), 14-18 (Section C2-a), 81 (Section A2-d), 373 (Section MLA-1a)

Homework Assignments

In-class Activities

  • Lecture and discussion
  • Short presentations
  • Presentation programming
  • Small group work
  • Persuasive writing

Module Three: Software and Music Piracy

Reading Assignments

  • Andrew Ross Sorkin, Software Bullet is Sought to Kill Music Piracy
  • Malin and Fowers, Adolescent Self-Control and Music and Movie Piracy
  • Altschuller and Benbunan-Fich, Is Music Downloading the New Prohibition? What Students Reveal through an Ethical Dilemma
  • Derek Webb, Giving it Away: How Free Music Makes More Than Sense
  • Information is Beautiful, How Much do Music Artists Earn Online?
  • Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, They Say, I Say, Prefaces, Introduction, Chapter 1
  • Lyn Dupre, Bugs in Writing, Chapters 1, 23, 49, 77

Homework Assignments

In-class Activities

  • Lecture and discussion
  • Short presentations
  • Presentation programming
  • Small group work
  • Persuasive writing

Module Four: The Practice, Detection, and Prevention of Plagiarism

Reading Assignments

  • Trip Gabriel, To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery
  • Trip Gabriel, Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in the Digital Age
  • Susan D. Blum, Academic Integrity and Student Plagiarism: a Question of Education, Not Ethics
  • Ed Dante, The Shadow Scholar: The Man who Writes Your Students' Papers Tells His Story
  • Writing without Plagiarizing: Using and Citing Sources
  • ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism
  • Diana Hacker, A Writer's Reference, pages 357 - 365 (Section R3)
  • Diana Hacker, A Writer's Reference, Section C3 (Pages 20-31), Section C4, (Pages 32 - 45), Section C5 (Pages 45 - 62)
  • Diana Hacker, A Writer's Reference, Section W3 (Pages 156 - 158)
  • Diana Hacker, A Writer's Reference, Sections G2 and G3 (Pages 183-207)
  • Lyn Dupre, BUGS in Writing, Chapters 41, 51, 55, 60
  • Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, They Say, I Say, Chapter 6

Homework Assignments

In-class Activities

  • Lecture and Discussion
  • Small group work
  • Taking polls and analyzing poll results
  • Descriptive and persuasive writing
  • In-class writing assignment
  • In-class presentations

Module Five: Google in Modern Society

Reading Assignments

  • John Markoff, Google Cars Drive Themselves
  • Claire Cain Miller, Google Grows, and Works to Retain Nimble Minds
  • Thomas Claburn, Google Autonomous Cars Get Green Light In California
  • Diana Hacker, A Writer's Reference, Pages 331-368 (Section R - Researching)

Homework Assignments

In-class Activities

  • Lecture and Discussion
  • Small group work
  • Taking polls
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