PFWR 4650: Advanced Editing and Style
Office: Arts and Sciences (COAS) 219
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."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.
Participation: This course operates much as an independent study, though we will have brief online video meetings most weeks, either as a class or in one-on-one sessions with the instructor. It is the student's responsibility to notify the professor missing any scheduled meetings. A pattern of participation or attendance problems may result in letter-grade penalties applied to the overall semester 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 https://www.mga.edu/registrar/registration/drop-add.php 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 (June 30th). 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.
Class Behavior Expectations and Consequences for Violations: Middle Georgia State University students are responsible for reading, understanding, and abiding by the MGA Student Code of Conduct. The students’ Code of Conduct, Responsibilities, Procedures, and Rights are found at https://www.mga.edu/student-affairs/docs/MGA_Student_Handbook.pdf#page=47.
MGA Policy on Disability Accommodations: Students seeking ADA accommodations must contact Middle Georgia State University Office of Disability Services in Macon at (478) 471-2985 or in Cochran at (478) 934-3023. See https://www.mga.edu/accessibility-services/