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Syllabus CSUEB English 200 - College Writing II Online - Rhetorical Analysis, Argumentation, and Research


Welcome to English 200!

This is an entirely online course, and the course is conducted asynchronously, meaning you will be able to access the course and submit work at any time that is convenient for you; however, be sure to note the due dates and deadlines for the assignments, Discussion Boards, and essays. Ongoing and consistent participation is required.


Course Description: 200 College Writing II (3 units)  

Further work in expository writing with emphasis on argumentation and persuasion. Introduction to the preparation and writing of the research paper. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or 102 with grade of C- or better.


Internet Requirements:  

You will be using email, accessing websites for articles, interactive quizzes, readings, videos and writing exercises, so you must have reliable computer and internet access and a current Horizon email account. You can take the Online Readiness Assessment to see how ready you are to take an online course.  While you can still take this course if you do not score well, it means you might have to spend a bit more time becoming familiar with online technology. 


Instructor Contact Information:

Instructor: Georgie Ziff

According to California State University East Bay privacy and security policy, all communication between instructors and students should be within the course Learning Management System: Blackboard, so please try to email from there.

My direct email is: georgie.ziff@csueastbay.edu

If you have questions about the course, please post them to the Q&A Discussion Board thread for your instructor and classmates. This is checked daily.

To email from within Blackboard – click on the email tab in the course.

To receive a response, please ensure that your email this in the SUBJECT LINE:


  • English 200
  • Your Full Name
  • Your reason for emailing – please be specific – which assignment, etc.


Emails will receive a response within 48 hours during the work week: Mon - Fri. before 5pm. Messages received after 5pm will be responded to the next day; those received after 5pm Friday will be responded to on Monday or the next business day.


Virtual Office Hour: Wednesdays 10-11am by Zoom appointment


Minimum Writing Requirement (4500 final draft words):

A Prospectus for the research paper (500 words)

Annotated Bibliography (1000 words)

First draft of the Proposal Solution Research Essay (750 words)

Second draft of the Proposal Solution Research Essay (1250 words)

Final draft of the Proposal Solution Research Essay (2,000-3000 words)

Midterm Group Rhetorical Analysis Presentation (500 words)

14 discussion posts (250 words)

14 Writing Assignment Responses

Final reflective essay (500 words)


Student Learning Outcomes:

In this class students will perform the following tasks:

1. Read various assigned texts and essays, written by both students and professionals, and identify and analyze the different components (SLO 1)

2. Write reading responses (SLO 2)

3. Practice a variety of journaling/discussion activities (SLO 3)

4. Practice collaborating with other students (SLO 4)

5. Write a mid-term and final essay (SLO 5)

6. Produce essays utilizing critical thinking and the entire writing process, from researching and prewriting to multiple drafts culminating in a polished final draft with emphasis on organization, structure, audience awareness, and clear purpose (SLO 6)

7. Acquire academic vocabulary appropriate for their audience (SLO 7)

8. Practice incorporating secondary sources into their own writing (SLO 8)

9. Write, revise, and edit essays in response to peer, tutor, and/or instructor criticism (SLO 9;

10. Produce a major argumentative research essay using relevant and sufficient evidence, appropriately documented, and free of plagiarism (SLO 10).


Required Course Text: Writing Arguments by Ramage, Bean, and Johnson (referred to as WAwith Revel (referred to as WA on the schedules) ISBN-13: 978-0-13-477057-4     


Course Work:

In this class students will perform the following tasks:

• Review the components of different types of argumentative essays

• Read assigned text and essays

• Explore vocabulary usage, especially as it pertains to rhetorical analysis of Toulmin, Classical, and Rogerian modes of rhetorical analysis and argumentation

• Improve critical reading and argumentative writing skills by discussing essays, written by both students and professionals

• Practice incorporating secondary sources into their own writing

• Write and revise rhetorical analysis essays and/or write and revise argumentative essays supported with well-researched evidence

• Work in peer revision groups

• Engage the process of producing a major argumentative research essay.


Assignment Policies:

Late essays are not accepted.

To pass and receive credit for this class, you must complete the required work, including the writing assignments and the discussion forums.  Anyone who earns less than 70 percentage points will not receive credit for the course.  There are no “Incomplete” grades possible in online classes.

The final date for late work submission is Friday of the last week of the course, after which late work will NOT be accepted. NO exceptions.


Due Dates/Times: Assignments are due to Blackboard on Sunday by 11:59 pm unless otherwise specified. Discussion Board posts are due Wednesday midnight, and then responses to two classmates by Sunday 11:59 for full credit of 6 points, after which the Discussion Board closes.


Course Components 

1. WA Revel Reading and Writing assignments & grammar exercises

There will be a series of quizzes and responses to the Revel readings. In addition, there are writing topic and grammar assignments. All work is due Sundays 11:59 pm.


2. Weekly Discussion Board: 

  • To receive full credit, you must submit an initial post of at least 250 words (worth 6 points) and reply to two other students posts with a response of at least 100 words (each worth 2 points)
  • Discussion Board posts and responses to two classmates for each forum are due Sundays 11:59        
  • Show respect for your classmates and their ideas. During discussions, many different opinions will be expressed. All are welcomed and none are to be ridiculed. Use appropriate language during discussion, and refrain from domination a discussion. Keep audience and purpose in mind.


3. Essays:

 You will write two essays:

  1. Proposal to Solve a Problem Research Essay: 8-10 pages for the final draft & the Turnitin PDF Similarity Report generated by the final draft.

         The Proposal Essay is due the last week of class. See the More Info section at the end of the syllabus for details.


  1. Final Reflective Essay: minimum 500 words with a Turnitin PDF Similarity Report. After you have finished your Proposal Research Essay, you will write a reflective essay that describes and reflects on your process of writing the research paper from the initial researching stage through the final draft.  You also need to describe the best revision advice you received, what you learned from writing this paper, and how this knowledge can be carried to your other classes and/or professional field.


  • All essays must be submitted to the course by the due dates to receive course credit. Late essays are NOT accepted. Please pay close attention to deadlines and plan your time accordingly.
  • The drafts will be submitted to tutors and peer-reviewed online in Turnitin.
  • The Turnitin Similarity Reports generated by the Final Draft must indicate 10% or less similarity according to MLA standards. They must be the PDF file only; NOT your essay or the digital receipt.



How to Format Your Essays in MLA: 

Double Spaced throughout, 12-point font with 1" margins 

Header double-spaced in the upper left-hand corner on only first page: 

Your Name                                                                               Page numbers in upper right-hand corner

English 200

Prof.  Ziff

Assignment (Evaluation Essay, for example)


                              Informative Titles are Centered and Capitalized Correctly in

                                        Same Size Font and not Underlined nor Bold


4. Midterm: Group Rhetorical Analysis Presentations:  

In randomly assigned small groups, you will evaluate an essay from the textbook (one that the class has NOT been assigned in the course) from a rhetorical point of view, analyzing audience, purpose, and strategy of the writer, using the Rhetorical Analysis template on Blackboard under Course Materials.  In your groups, you will divide the analysis into parts, each contributing to the presentation as a whole. You will research and then one person from your group will share your presentation in PowerPoint to the Discussion Board with the class.

When posted, all students must read them and evaluate them on the discussion board. 

  • Presentations are due by Wednesday Week 7
  • Presentation Reviews are shared by Sunday of Week 7


Grading in this course: 

* Proposal Solution Essay Project 50%

* Revel Assignments                        20%

* Discussion Board                           10%

* Midterm Group Presentation       5%

* Other Assignments                         8%

* Reflective Essay                               5%

* Peer Reviews                                   2%



Grading Scale





























59% and below



Technical Competency

This is an entirely online course is taught asynchronously.  You will need to access and participate in this course through CSU East Bay’s Blackboard system. For Blackboard tutorials, click here.


You will need a stable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer. There is a Blackboard App that can be downloaded. The App can be used to view content, participate in discussion boards or submit assignments. Exams and quizzes should never be taken on a mobile device.

Students may need a webcam, microphone, and speakers. These resources are readily available in electronics stores, via the internet, and free to use on CSUEB campus library computers. Students must be able to use and create content in common file types like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students are able to download Microsoft Office for free by following the directions located
here. Campus Library Computers are also available for student use.


On Blackboard you will be required to:

  • Participate in the Discussion Board
  • Submit assignments through assignment links
  • Upload essay draft Word documents or PDF files – do not use “pages” files: they DO NOT open
  • Retrieve documents from My Grades
  • Download PDF files
  • Peer review classmates’ papers
  • View feedback in on assignments
  • Navigate Blackboard and access online resources such as websites and videos


Course Technology Requirements:

Before beginning an online course, it is recommended that students complete a browser check. Make note of the browser version you are using (it is recommended that students use Firefox or Google Chrome). Blackboard elements may require you to enable popups in your Browser, and to use the following plugins: Adobe Flash Player Plug-In, JAVA Plug-In.


To be successful in the course, you will need:

  • Microsoft Word software
  • PowerPoint software will be necessary to view the PowerPoints.
  • Adobe Acrobat software for PDF files
  • A stable Internet connection for several hours a week in order to fulfill the assigned course activities and discussions
  • To be comfortable navigating Blackboard and accessing online resources
Students may be expected to use scholarly sources for written assignments. 
 Students can access the library databases to find scholarly sources here. 


Course and University Policy

For Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism


Cheating and plagiarism are not acceptable in this academic environment.

Cheating is defined as possessing unauthorized sources of information during a quiz or exam, copying another student’s work or permitting another student to copy one’s work, completing any assignment for another student, submitting out-of-class work for an in-class assignment, altering graded work after instructor evaluation and resubmitting it for re-grading, retaining exams or other materials after they were supposed to be returned to the instructor, or submitting the same paper for two different classes without the approval or knowledge of both instructors.


Plagiarism is defined as taking the words or substance (ideas) of another and either copying or paraphrasing the work without giving credit through correct MLA citations, both in-text and on a Works Cited List for the source through quotation marks or reference citations; this includes materials from the Internet. A Turnitin Similarity Report that indicates a similarity rating of higher than 10% will be scrutinized for evidence of plagiarism. An instance of plagiarism will result in a report of Academic Dishonesty filed with the English Department and the Dean of Academic Affairs, and the student will be ineligible to continue in the course or submit a Portfolio.


  • Completing the Plagiarism Assignment is required for course credit.


By enrolling in this class the student agrees to uphold the standards of academic integrity described in the catalog at http://www20.csueastbay.edu/academic/academic-policies/academic-dishonesty.html.


Netiquette Expectations:

"Netiquette" is online communication etiquette. Our online classroom is an academic environment, where we can safely share our points of view, expressed with respect for others. Here are some basic guidelines that all participants should follow:


University Statement on the use of Turnitin

The university requires that I inform students of the following: Students agree that by taking this course, all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the terms of use agreement on the Turnitin.com site.


Student Support Services

The University Policies, Student Support Services, and Hints and Technical Info tabs in the Course Menu bar provide information for students.


Student Accessibility and Accommodations

Students with documented accommodations are offered extra time for submissions, in addition to opportunities to submit the weekly writing topic assignments up to two weeks past the posted due dates.

Students with disabilities needing accommodation should speak with Accessibility Services. http://www20.csueastbay.edu/af/departments/as/


Digital Information Literacy Skills:

As part of this course you will be expected to complete several written assignments. This requires a certain amount of digital literacy skill. Digital Literacy skills refer to the ability to navigate online research databases and apply research to written and oral communication throughout the class. For more information visit: Online chat for library help: https://library.csueastbay.edu/usingthelibraries/ask-us


Safety Policy

California State University, East Bay is committed to being a safe and caring community. Your appropriate response in the event of an emergency can help save lives. Information on what to do in an emergency situation (earthquake, electrical outage, fire, extreme heat, severe storm, hazardous materials, terrorist attack) may be found at:



Convert Pages documents: Documents MUST be submitted as a Word document. All other formats will not be accepted. You will know if it is a Word document because it will have .doc or .docx at the end of the file name. If you use a MAC, you might be using a program called Pages. You must convert your Pages document into a Word document. at this link:



Merged Course Notice Disclaimer: Please be aware that this online course may have students from other section(s) participating at the same time through course merge. Depending on the setting configured by your instructor, you might see other students’ names from different section(s) and might be able to message or email each other within this course. Please contact your instructor if you have any questions.


Grievance Policy

If you think that you are being or have been treated unfairly, you have the right to file a grievance. According to the CSUEB English Department policy, the grievance must first be filed with the instructor with whom you have a complaint. If you cannot find a resolution to your grievance, then you and your instructor will meet with the head of the composition program or the Chair of the English Department.


Final Notes

This syllabus is subject to change as needed. I may also assign individualized homework to help you improve particular skills. I hope this quarter will be of great benefit to you! Use your resources wisely. Resources include classmates, your text, your instructor, and the SCAA. 


More Information: Proposal to Solve a Problem Research Essay Steps & Components 


Components to be submitted through appropriate assignment links:


1. Description of your Topic - Topics to choose from:

Local Community Issues     Biotechnology             Criminal Justice                Racial Identity       Current Political Issues       Advertising/Media              Globalization                    Civil Liberty     

Teen/Young Adult Issues      Family Issues             US as Superpower           Education    

 Immigration                      (Your own topic with instructor approval)


Disallowed Topics: NO abortion, gay adoption, legalizing drugs, gender issues, euthanasia, global warming, obesity, anything about cell phones, death penalty, or torture. (I am looking for a unique, interesting, current topic that will engage both the writer and the reader!


2. Prospectus - 

Be sure to include the following 6 items:

1) why you are interested in this topic

2) your research question

3) the significance of this topic

4) the sources you expect to use

5) your method for keeping track of the information

6) opposing viewpoints have your discovered as part of your exploratory process

7) your working thesis for the research paper.  


Your prospectus presents your supporting evidence for your thesis, incorporating as much evidence as you have.  It should be a fully developed argument with introduction, claim, reasons, and appropriate documentation.  This prospectus should be double-spaced. Your position may shift as you develop your argument, hence the working thesis. However; you cannot change your topic once it has been approved.


3. Annotated Bibliography -

  • An annotated bibliography is a detailed description of your resource sources; those that you know you will use as well as those that you will probably only consult.
  • Your annotated bibliography should be titled.  
  • It should contain between 5 and 8 sources, a few of your original sources having been dropped out by this time and, perhaps, a few new sources having been added.  
  • By this time, you will already have done a substantial amount of reading around your subject and should have a fairly specific idea of what sources you will be using for what purposes.  
  • Your annotated bibliography will be a double-space typed list of those sources.  Accepted only in MLA format. 
  • After each bibliographic entry, you should include the following:   A brief paragraph comprised of a summary or description (3-7 complete sentences) of: main point, argument, audience, purpose, and how you intend to use each source.


4. Prewriting - Your prewriting should be 2 pages and handwritten.  You can scan it or take a picture of it and submit. 


5. First Draft minimum 750 words or 3 double-spaces pages or so. This is sent to a tutor at the SCAA for feedback, so be mindful of their turnaround time. Send the tutor the essay guidelines, and be sure to read the essay guidelines and view the final draft rubric on the Final Draft link.

See these helpful links for steps on how and a timetable for writing research paper, from start to finish:  




6. Proof of Tutor Feedback & Comments on the First Draft – In order to write a better second draft, you need to get tutoring on your first draft. Post the tutor-comments on the draft as the proof of tutoring to the assignment link.  See link below for SCAA details and contact information.


7. Second Draft to your Peer Review Group – minimum 1250 words or about 5 double-spaced pages to submit for Peer Reviews through Turnitin, where you'll be randomly assigned 3 essays to review. 


8. Outline This outline should have only your thesis and your topic sentences as complete sentences.  All other information should be in phrases only.  No outline will be accepted if you have disguised your essay as an outline.  Your outline will be evaluated in terms of your thesis, topic sentences, and the organization of your main reasons and supporting evidence. 


9. Proof of Tutor Feedback & Comments on the Second Draft - In order to write a better final draft, you need to get tutoring on your 2nd draft.  Post the tutor-comments on your draft as the proof of tutoring to the assignment link. 


  10. Revision Plan for your paper - See “Research Paper Revision Plan” in the Proposal Solution Essay Folder in “Course Materials” and in the corresponding week in Weekly Schedule Folder.


11. Final Draft(2000-3000 words or 8-10 double-spaced pages not including the Works Cited List). Note: your final draft is accepted once you have submitted all previous pieces of the research project: the topic, prospectus, annotated bibliography, outline, peer-reviewed draft, and required drafts proof of tutoring on the 1st and 2nd drafts.  Accepted only in MLA format. Essays missing the Works Cited List or missing MLA formatted in-text citations will receive a 0. 


Tutoring Requirement:

You will be required to obtain tutoring for your Proposal Research Essay drafts via Zoom at the SCAA or online through CSUEB OWL at or net tutor (access on Blackboard). http://scaa.csueastbay.edu/


Student Center for Academic Achievement Online Writing Lab 



The SCAA (Student Center for Academic Achievement) is a free service available to all CSUEB students. You may submit your papers and a SCAA tutor will provide feedback within 48 hours, not including the weekend.


English tutors help students develop, clarify, and organize their ideas as well as learn how to find and correct errors in English usage.  English tutors can also help students develop effective reading strategies and good study skills. 

Live Online Help with a Live Chat option is available on the main Blackboard login page.


For additional help, you can contact the campus Learning Center:

Library Learning Commons: 510-885-4152
Email: stsc@csueastbay.edu










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