INSTRUCTOR  Owen M. Williamson, MA  

In case of absence, or if class is ever cancelled due to circumstances beyond Instructor control, students are still expected to complete and submit all assignments shown on this Calendar page if possible.

Week 1: January 18-21, 2011

Class meets in Library 336 on Friday, Jan. 21.  


Presentation: Introductions. Course rules and regulations, instructor’s expectations. Course Syllabus. Welcome questionnaire. Introduction to the University and to the theme of the course. Students will become familiar with major UTEP academic policies and requirements. Discuss: What is cheating? Copyright and the concept of “plagiarism” in the American university community: your duty to acknowledge sources (something absolutely necessary in all university-level work).  The three grading systems and how to calculate your GPA. [Academic success strategies]. The stop-line principle.

Semester thesis: In each of my courses, I need to make 100% sure that I finish the semester knowing more about the subject than what the professor demands or is teaching.

[Applies to theme / discipline] [Critical thinking]

Assignment: Read Borders Introduction. [Academic success strategies]


Assignment: KTEP reports [Academic success strategies] [Critical thinking] [Academic success strategies] [Critical thinking]

Note: "Plagiarism" means the appropriation, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one's own academic work offered for credit, or using work in a paper or assignment for which the student had received credit in another course without direct permission of all involved instructors. (UTEP Handbook of Operating Procedures,


Intro to the Progymnasmata. Review textbook; readings assigned. General intro to the concept of rhetoric. [Applies to theme / discipline] [Critical thinking]


In-class discussion: Avoiding "the vanishing act" and responsible college membership. "University Seminar 1301 instructors’ main goal is to help students be successful. Thus, they will have certain expectations of their students. What are some of those expectations and how will those help you be successful?" (Borders xxii)

Resource: College Isn't for Everyone, by Matt Price. In class activity: Response to Price (3 paragraphs).

Introduce campus computer Labs/ Centers.

Taking notes.

Formation of work groups (2 or 3 persons).  (Student group activity/assignment)


Class meets in Library 336 on Friday, Jan. 21. Activate Wikis.



Activate your UTEP Wiki space. [Academic success strategies]


Explore UTEP online access:

   My Space



Wednesday: 1. Read Kennedy (click for link):

  • Introduction,

  • 96 (example),

  • 132-33 (ISARC arrangement),

  • 133-5;

  • 177-82. [Applies to theme / discipline]

3. Read Borders introduction: The art of attending college. [Academic success strategies] 

4. Read High-Risk Behaviors. Print out. Be ready to respond next class. [Academic success strategies]

5. Do Welcome Survey.

 Friday: 1. Print out and learn "Three Big Rules" for college writing. [Academic success strategies]

2. Do Progymnasma 1 [Applies to theme / discipline]

3. KTEP report. [Academic success strategies—note taking] [Critical thinking]

4. Review "Rhetoric" slide show. [Applies to theme / discipline]



Assignment of Learning Logs. 

Progymnasma 1: Fable.  

Using a fable to persuade.

Instructions: Click on the link above and read the example from the BYU website. .Then write an animal fable supporting the semester thesis:

Thesis: In each of my courses, I need to make 100% sure that I finish the semester knowing more about the subject than what the professor demands or is teaching.

Write in a simple style suitable for a children's story.

Then briefly discuss who you would tell this fable to, in what situation you might use this fable to persuade, and what you would want to persuade them of related to your theme.

Post this on your Wiki.

Resources Available UTEP Computer Labs:

Lab Location Phone
ACES Phys Science
2nd Floor Lobby
ACES Classroom Bldg
Room 101
ACES Classroom eXPansion   
Room 001
ACES Math - Bell Hall
Room 130
Room 202
Rooms 306,310,324
Technology Center
Education Bldg
Room 401
ILC Health Sciences
Room 109
LACIT Liberal Arts
Room 405
LTC Library

Developmental English Computer Labs
The Developmental English Computer Labs are located on the third floor of the Education Building, rooms 315 and 317. The Labs are open to students currently registered in English 0310, English 0311, or English 0111. Developmental English Lab Policies.



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Owen M. Williamson - Education Bldg 211E - phone: (915) 747 7625 - fax: (915) 747 5655
The University of Texas at El Paso - 500 W. University Ave. - El Paso, TX 79968
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