Dr. Andrew Wood
Office: HGH 210; phone: (408) 924-5378
Unannounced Quizzes: (twenty percent of the total grade)
Online Resume: (ten percent of total grade)
Here's where you can learn more about the online resume.
Annotated Bibliography: (ten percent of total grade)
Here's an effective online bibliography by Stacy Jurgens who employed ten references to support her claims. [Note: some of her links may no longer be active.]
Collegial Review: (ten percent of total grade)
Course Project: (twenty percent of total grade)
In this assignment, you will construct a reader-friendly, content-focused web site that develops and defends an original argument about CMC theory and/or practice. In terms of writing, this assignment should be equivalent to a 5-7 page paper. The project shall be composed of (1) an introduction page that states your thesis, (2) a background page that explains key terms and provides a history of your issue, (3) a multi-step argument page that persuades the reader to accept your thesis, and (4) an implications page which answers questions like, "what does this mean for contemporary public life?" or "what's the next policy step?" I strongly suggest you organize your implications around themes such as technology, identity, and/or culture. You shall also attach a references page edited from your online bibliography.
Here's a potential thesis statement: "Online psychotherapy techniques can help individuals maintain mental health." Note that for each section and subsection that follows, you should provide an active-voice topic sentence that meets the requirement of that component and directly relates to the thesis stated in your introduction page. Thus, if your thesis is "internet hate sites must be regulated by the federal government," one argument might begin with the following topic sentence: "An historical overview of media law reveals several precedents to support the claim that the federal government should regulate hate sites."
Remember, This site should not merely be an online-paper. Rather, you should strive to employ the unique qualities of this medium to communicate effectively with a potentially global audience. Please ensure that this assignment is clickable from your course homepage and provide a paper copy of your project.
Here's where you can learn more about the course project.
Midterm and Final Exams: (thirty percent of the total grade)
I will offer two examinations that invite you to synthesize the knowledge you've gained in this class. The exams will be composed of multiple choice, true/false, and matching questions.