PFWR 4650: Advanced Editing and Style
Office: Arts and Sciences (COAS) 203
As indicated in the MGA Catalog, PFWR 4650 "develops mastery of effective writing at the paragraph and sentence levels, providing students with essential skills in editing their own writing and the writing of others for optimal clarity, efficiency, and rhetorical appeal in a variety of workplace contexts. Three credit hours."Prerequisite: at least a "C" in ENGL 1102.
Student Learning Outcomes
Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, by Joseph M. Williams and Joseph Bizup, 12th edition. ISBN 978-0-13-408041-3
Semester grade breakdown and instruments of evaluation
Writing exercises: primarily exercises in grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and diction, some addressing matters of style
Editing exercises: practice in editing, ranging from sentence-level exercises to global stylistic concerns with large documents (book-length, extensive website, etc.)
Paragraph assignments: composing and editing of paragraphs demonstrating nuanced appreciation of a variety of audiencesEditing projects: large-scale editing assignments with documents composed by the students and by other authors.
Attendance: This course is an independent study, but we will still meet in person most weeks of the term. It is the student's responsibility to notify the professor missing any scheduled meetings. A pattern of attendance problems may result in letter-grade penalties applied to the overall grade.
Late work: Late work is penalized one letter grade for each calendar day an assignment is late. Work turned in more than three days late will receive no higher grade than F, and I accept no work more than two weeks late.
Plagiarism: Except for assignments expressly calling for collaborative effort, all written work must be your own. Any unacknowledged borrowing from the writings of others will be considered plagiarism, a serious breach of academic integrity. I will submit cases of plagiarism or other academic dishonesty for review by the Student Conduct Officer. The penalty for plagiarism in this class is an "F" for the entire course, not just the assignment in question.
Note that the Department of English's more specific definition of plagiarism is operative in this class:
Withdrawal Policies: Students are encouraged to read the withdrawal policy found at http://www.mga.edu/registrar/dropadd.aspx before dropping/withdrawing from the class. Students may withdraw from the course and earn a grade of “W” up to and including the midterm date (March 6th). After midterm, students who withdraw will receive a grade of “WF.” A WF is calculated in the GPA as an “F.” Instructors may assign “W” grades for students with excessive absences (beyond the number of absences permitted by the instructor’s stated attendance policy). Students may withdraw from a maximum of five courses throughout their enrollment at Middle Georgia State. Beyond the five-course limit, withdrawals result in “F” grades.