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Last approved: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 21:10:26 GMT

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Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

Contact Information

ciscojo
Jonathan
Cisco
CiscoJo@missouri.edu
573/884-6221
Campus Writing Program
Are you submitting this proposal on behalf of an instructor?

Instructor for whom you are submitting proposal:
brente
Edward
Brent
BrentE@missouri.edu
573/882-9172
Sociology
Subject Area’s Department Chair/Director:
brente
Edward
Brent
BrentE@missouri.edu
573/882-9172
Sociology

Term for Proposal

 
Fall 2017

Course Catalog Information

A&S
Sociology (SOCIOL)
Sociology
3310W
3
 
30
Social Psychology - Writing Intensive
Survey of theories and research concerned with the ways in which individuals construct social situations and are affected by them. Topics covered include self-identities, social influence, personal relationships, prejudice and discrimination.
Behavioral Science
Lecture/Standard
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
 
 
 
 

Instructor Information

brente
Edward
Brent
BrentE@missouri.edu
573/882-9172
Sociology
(numbers only)
Tenured Professor
303 Middlebush
 
 

The Campus Writing Program conducts a two-day faculty workshop to assist with the design and implementation of your writing intensive course. Once your course proposal has been approved by the Campus Writing Program, you will receive information on time, date and location of the workshop.
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Honors Course Information

 
 
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Writing Intensive Course Information

Social Psychology is the scientific study of the causes of social behavior. It is related to sociology--the scientific study of human society--and psychology--the scientific study of individual behavior. The core concerns of social psychology include the impact of individuals on each other and on group behavior as well as the impact of groups on individuals, as viewed in the context of the larger society.
none
Online
Self paced?
Yes
50
120
Should this course be considered for funding?
Yes
Large Enrollment Courses:
n/a
n/a
n/a

Writing Intensive Assignments

Pages
All Assignments
This is a revision of the course you approved several times in the past. This new version now uses a less expensive and more readable text and modified assignments. Some of the earlier assignments have been retained and others replaced with new versions. The writing aspects are much the same as before.

There are 10 writing assignments for credit. Each involves a short essay of 2 pages. Students submit the assignments using SAGrader which automatically grades them and gives them immediate detailed feedback with suggestions for improving their work.

Students are permitted to revise assignments as often as they want until they are satisfied with their work. They usually revise an average of 2 or 3 times, sometimes more. Once it is final, then indicate that in the program and this informs the instructor Dr. Brent who reviews the final grade and makes any necessary changes. Typically there are no changes in grade. Occasionally the program misses something they did correctly and the program is modified to detect that variation and their grade improves. Very rarely it may become obvious the student plagiarized or something equally dire and then their grade will be adjusted accordingly. For five of the more complex assignments a paper length of 2 pages is required. For these assignments students will use SAGrader feedback to revise and resubmit their assignment as often as they like until they are satisfied with the SAGrader score for content. They will then indicate when they have submitted their final version in the program and this informs the instructor Dr. Brent who reviews all final submissions and makes any necessary changes in the grade and provides feedback to the student. For these five assignments Dr. Brent will also provide students with feedback regarding content, organization, and writing.

After that feedback students will be required to submit a single final version of the assignment which is then graded by SAGrader for content and subsequently graded by Dr. Brent for content, organization, and writing.

This means students will have 5 assignments for which they submit 10 pages of first draft and 10 pages of final draft, both reviewed by the instructor for content, organization, and writing. Students also have two written tests with short answer questions.

One they take under supervision and one they submit to SAGrader. They can only submit those one time. For the SAGrader case, their scores are reviewed and adjusted if necessary by Dr. Brent. The supervised exam is graded by Dr. Brent. These total about 3 pages of writing for each test. You can look at the submitted instructor's manual to see the writing assignments are sometimes quite ambitious and involve reading and interpreting specific examples of text.
Length of assignment:
26
Instructor/SA Grader
10
Instructor/SA Grader
36

Total pages for all assignments:
First drafts:
26.00
Revisions:
10.00
36.00
This is a revision of the course you approved several times in the past. This new version now uses a less expensive and more readable text and modified assignments. Some of the earlier assignments have been retained and others replaced with new versions. The writing aspects are much the same as before. There are 10 writing assignments for credit. Each involves a short essay of 2 pages. Students submit the assignments using SAGrader which automatically grades them and gives them immediate detailed feedback with suggestions for improving their work. Students are permitted to revise assignments as often as they want until they are satisfied with their work. They usually revise an average of 2 or 3 times, sometimes more. Once it is final, then indicate that in the program and this informs the instructor, Dr. Brent, and any grader(s) who rotate in reviewing the final grade and makes any necessary changes. Typically there are no changes in grade. Occasionally the program misses something they did correctly and the program is modified to detect that variation and their grade improves. Very rarely it may become obvious the student plagiarized or something equally dire and then their grade will be adjusted accordingly. For five of the more complex assignments a paper length of 2 pages is required. For these assignments students will use SAGrader feedback to revise and resubmit their assignment as often as they like until they are satisfied with the SAGrader score for content. They will then indicate when they have submitted their final version in the program and this informs the instructor Dr. Brent and any graders. They rotate who reviews each final submission to distribute the work load. The instructor or grader then makes any necessary changes in the grade and provides feedback to the student. For these five assignments the instructor or grader will also provide students with feedback regarding content, organization, and writing. After that feedback students will be required to submit a single final version of the assignment which is then graded by SAGrader for content and subsequently graded by the instructor or grader for content, organization, and writing. The rotation means the instructor and graders routinely see each other's grading of earlier drafts, helping them maintain grading consistency. This means students will have 5 assignments for which they submit 10 pages of first draft and 10 pages of final draft, both reviewed by the instructor for content, organization, and writing. Students also have two written tests with short answer questions. One they take under supervision and one they submit to SAGrader. They can only submit those one time. For the SAGrader case, their scores are reviewed and adjusted if necessary by the instructor or grader. The supervised exam is graded by the instructor or grader. These total about 3 pages of writing for each test. You can look at the submitted instructor's manual to see the writing assignments are sometimes quite ambitious and involve reading and interpreting specific examples of text.

Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
Other
The SAGrader program also provides immediate detailed personalized feedback to students regarding whether their writing successfully demonstrates knowledge and understanding of various substantive learning objectives.
N/A
Usually students read a text passage and are asked to interpret it using concepts, theories, and findings from the course. For example, one assignment begins as follows:"Read the following two descriptions of a meeting between a college student and an adviser. Use concepts from this chapter to try to understand the attributions the student makes to the professor and the attributions the professor makes to the student. Be sure to define those concepts and identify what part of the examples illustrates them. Notice that in one case the student and adviser seem to do things right while in the other case they do not. What strategies did the student or instructor in the second example use to make the interaction turn out more favorably?
This is a self-paced online course so it occurs on the student's own schedule. Each assignment involves writing and there are two tests, one supervised and one submitted through SAGrader. If the supervised test is considered "in-class" then 80% of the grade comes from out of class writing.
80
%
 
1
Grader(s) will be advanced graduate students who have had the WI workshop and most likely have served as graders in WI courses before. The grader(s) will be trained on writing submissions from past semesters by grading independently then comparing their grades with that of Brent. Once they agree within less than a letter grade difference and their feedback to students is helpful and consistent with that of Brent they will grade further assignments on their own. Brent will monitor student challenges/comments/requests to assure quality and will periodically examine a sample of graded assignments. Brent and any graders will take turns responding to student submissions and will see earlier comments by the others on earlier drafts. This tends to keep grading consistent and fair. Also the constant exposure to initial grading by the program sets a standard of consistency that helps keep grading by the instructor and graders valid. This system is easily taught to graders permitting the course to scale up or down to match varying enrollments. This has been important as the enrollment has varied from the average in the past and is likely to be even more important given recent declines in overall enrollments.

Course Syllabus

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Administrative Information

Education and Social Sciences
 
 

Acknowledgement

I have read and reviewed the updated proposal

Additional Comments

All of the syllabus information is available on Mizzou Online for this course. Past enrollment is the average provided by Mizzou Online and projected enrollment attempts to take into account recent declines in overall enrollments on campus.
 
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