ENGL 199 J: Interdisciplinary Writing/natural Science

Meeting Time: 
Norah E. Fahim
IWP - Linked with HSERV 100

Syllabus Description:

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English 199J Autumn 2014:  Writing Link to HSERV 100 B

Instructor:                             Norah Fahim

Email:                                    nfahim@uw.edu

Class Times:                         Mon/Wed/Fri11:30-12:20

Class Location:                 Mon & Wed @ MGH 076/ Fri @ MGH 082, 11:30-12:20

Class Canvas Page:             https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/938448

Office:                                    Padelford B-37 (Lower Level)

Office Hours:                        Wed 1:30-3:30 or by appointment. Please email me in advance if you plan to                                                                 come to office hours.




Course Description and Objectives


Welcome to English 199J!  This course is a writing link to your HSERV 100 class.  A “writing link” is a composition class in which we write about topics and themes from the linked course.  Where your lecture course will cover many topics quickly, we will cover only a few of these topics in greater depth. The real link between your Personal and Public Health class and this IWP class is you. Here in English 199J we will focus on your ability to create and express an argument through writing on topics that relate to issues of health and wellness.  This class, as in HSERV100, will also require you to reflect on your personal health choices, as well as consider public/social determinants of health.


ENGL 199J is designed to promote greater comfort, confidence, and competence in:


  • critically analyzing, summarizing, and synthesizing texts from within the discipline of Personal and Public Health, including the related abilities of recognizing and evaluating writers’ purposes, claims, and supporting evidence.

  • making connections between texts, identifying and/or articulating how different texts affirm, extend, qualify, and/or conflict with each other.

  • analyzing and evaluating your own writing and the writing of your peers in order to generate revision suggestions that result in successful and substantive revision (i.e., revising the guts of the writing rather than surface details like syntax, spelling, and grammar).

  • collaborating through group-work where you will learn the essentials of the research process, and learn to present your findings in the form of a research paper and as a presentation for the general public.


Course Structure


This course will be divided into three assignment sequences, each culminating in a final draft of a paper that will be assessed for a grade.  Throughout the quarter, you will be prompted to reflect upon the writing that you did for this course, and the instructor and peer feedback you have provided and received. This is necessary for you to be aware of any changes you noticed in yourself as a reader or writer. 


Each sequence will begin with regular in-class freewrites and overnight short writing assignments.  These assignments will help you to generate ideas for your conference draft of your paper.  As the name indicates, you and I and a peer will discuss revision ideas for your conference draft in a meeting that will last about 40 minutes.  Based on my suggestions, your own assessment of your work, and peer feedback, you will revise your conference draft and submit it for a grade, bringing the sequence to a close.


Required Texts and Materials  


  1. All texts that are required for HSERV 100 are required for this class.  Additionally, I consider the lecture content for  HSERV100 to be a required “text” for my class.

  2. While you won’t have to buy any additional texts for this class, you may have to print out assignments.  We do a lot of work with peer review so you will be spending money on printing and/or photocopying.  

  3. UW based Gmail account. We will be making use of Google Drive for collaborative assignments.  

  4. Additional reading will be provided either via web links or PDFs.  You will need access to the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.  If you do not own a laptop or tablet you will be asked to print these readings. Please note that students can check out laptops through


Grading and Assessment


Here is how your quarter grade will be calculated: 


  • 30% Participation (includes timely drafts, free writes, peer reviews, in-class work etc. in addition to group conferences where all pre-assigned tasks must be prepared in advance before coming to conference)

  • 20% Major Paper 1 (Writing a Science Daily Article for a popular audience)

  • 30% Major Paper 2 (Literature/Research Review paper). This is a group research paper. There will be multiple check-ins and short assignments to ensure all group members' responsible contribution.

  • 5 % Presentation of Major Paper 2 findings (for a general audience)

  • 15 % Major Paper 3 (End of quarter health and wellness reflection).              



How Short Writing Assignments Are Assessed:


“Short writing assignments” includes all in-class freewrites or other in-class writing tasks.  Also included within this category are writing assignments that you do for homework.  I will collect and store all of your in-class writing;  your homework assignments will be stored on the Canvas course page either in the assignments or discussion sections depending on the nature of the assignments and my directions.  These short assignments are provided with a C/NC score,” and they count towards your participation grade.  NOTE:  When you miss class, you miss out on doing in-class work;  this will affect your participation score.


Written Comments in Response to Your Conference Drafts


My objective when I provide feedback on your writing is to encourage you to think about your ideas and how you’ve expressed them, to help you come up with ideas for your revision, and to make recommendations that will help you make your writing more effective.  These goals serve my overarching objective:  to help you develop strategies you need to be your own best editor  so that you can successfully meet writing expectations in your other courses too. I expect you to rely upon yourself, your classmates,  and writing center tutors to help you write and submit the strongest final revision.


What is substantial revision?  Substantial revisions are revisions to global issues of the paper, such as (but not limited to) organization, purpose, examples used, evidence provided, and the argument as a whole.  Substantial revisions tend to require additional analytical thinking and/or additional research.  Analytical tasks might include explaining an idea or concept more thoroughly, connecting ideas, re-evaluating the logic of a passage or of the entire paper, and adding new or different kinds of proofs.


How I Grade Your Major Papers 

I will use a rubric to assess the writing that you do for this class.  We will look at sample papers and have in-class workshops in order to clarify the categories of the rubric. Please note that the presentation drafts of papers are the only written assignments that will be graded with a rubric.  If you would like to discuss a grade that I have given you, please contact me within one week of receiving your grade for the paper to let me know that you would like to meet with me to discuss it.  If you wait longer than one week (7 days) from the date that I returned your graded paper to contact me, I will not meet with you to discuss the grade. 


Formatting Guidelines for Major Papers  


For your major papers, I expect your presentation drafts to follow these guidelines unless otherwise stated: 


  • A complete title page.

  • Font must be 12-point Times New Roman. 

  • Papers should be double spaced (in Word 2007 and later, you have to select “No Spacing” and then select “2.0” from the Paragraph menu to accomplish this)

  • 1” margins all around. 

  • You must include a running header that includes a short version of your paper title as well as the current page number in the upper right corner. 

  • Papers must demonstrate accurate use of both in-text citations and the references page.  MLA style should be used for the purpose of Major Papers.

  • All presentation drafts must include a references page that includes bibliographic entries ONLY for those texts you actually cited in your paper—in other words, do not include “works consulted.”  Your references page must be part of the same document as your paper;  I do not want to see reference pages uploaded to Canvas separately.


Papers that do not follow these guidelines will be considered late and penalized according to my late policy.  Be sure that you double-check your formatting to make sure that it is correct.


What Happens If You Turn Something in Late


All assignments are due at the beginning of class online and when required, as a paper version.  Late assignments will affect your participation grade. Unless you have discussed with me in person, I will not accept papers that are submitted more than one class session from the original due date. I do not accept short assignments after their due date.



What Happens When You Miss Class


We will often do in-class writing assignments that I will ask you to save these to help with Major Paper assignments.  Missing these assignments will hurt your participation grade which is 30% of your course grade.


Regardless of the cause of your absence in class, it is up to you to seek out classmates in order to find out anything important that you missed. You may choose to schedule office hours if you have any specific questions on class content.


Some of you may have a unique situation that will make it difficult for you to work within the above guidelines.  If this is the case, please discuss it with me within the first week of the quarter so that we can anticipate problems and be prepared to make alternate arrangements. 


Cell Phones and Laptops  


You are welcome to use electronic devices in class as long as you are using them for purposes related to our task at hand.  However, do not  use these devices for purposes unrelated or disruptive to the class (such as text messaging, social networking, etc.)




  • Please check your UW email account daily. 

  • I am available Monday through Friday via email and I will respond to emails within 24 business hours.   

  • I do not provide feedback on your writing or discuss grades via email, although I would be more than happy to do so during my office hours or by appointment. 

  • I do not receive assignments via email.  Assignments emailed to me will be ignored and late penalties will be assessed. 




The University of Washington and I are committed to the principals of intellectual honesty and integrity by respecting intellectual property.  All members of the UW community are expected to maintain complete honesty in all academic work, presenting only that which is their own work in tests and assignments.  Plagiarism applies not only to borrowing whole documents but also to borrowing parts of another’s work without proper acknowledgement and proper paraphrasing or quotation, including borrowing an author’s terminology or arguments.  This includes: 


  • a student failing to properly cite sources of ideas 

  • a student failing to properly cite sources of paraphrased or summarized material 

  • a student failing to properly cite sources of specific language and/or passages 

  • a student submitting someone else’s work as their own (this includes work “borrowed” from online sources or other students, or work written for the student by someone else) 

  • a student submitting their own work that was produced for another class with no changes or revisions


As a matter of policy, any student found to have plagiarized any piece of writing in this class will be immediately reported to the College of Arts and Sciences for review.  If you have any questions about what plagiarism is, please ask me. 




Please let me know if you need certain accommodations of any sort. I am happy to work with the UW Disability Resources for Students (DRS) office to provide what you require, and I am very willing to take suggestions specific to this class to meet your needs. This syllabus is available in large print, as are other class materials—just ask.  More information on support at UW may be found on the DRS web site at http://www.washington.edu/students/drs/. 


If you have additional “informal” concerns related to health, work, or family, please let me know in advance so we can discuss any accommodations that might be helpful. 




If you have any concerns about the course or about your instructor, please see me about these concerns as soon as possible.  However, I understand that you may not be comfortable seeing me about these issues.  If you are not comfortable talking with me or not satisfied with the response that you receive, you may contact the IWP Director, Norman Wacker via email at nwacker@uw.edu.

ENGL 199J: Interdisciplinary Writing - Personal and Public Health


Class description

Welcome to ENGL 199J, a 5-credit writing course that is linked with your Personal and Public Health Class (HSERV 100). 
This writing link class is designed to complement HSERV 100. All assignments, discussions, and exercises we do in this class will center on topics you will learn about in Personal and Public Health. However, please bear in mind that each class is designed and graded independently of the other, and the real link between your Personal and Public Health class and this Interdisciplinary Writing class is you. Here in English 199J we will focus on your writing and your ability to create and express an argument through writing on topics that relate to issues of health and wellness. 
General method of instruction

Class preparedness and in-class discussions are crucial to developing a constructive learning environment where you will become expert writers in your field. One-on-one conferences are a key feature of our program, during which we will discuss the effectiveness of your writing (how well it answers the assignment's prompt) and devise a plan for revising your work. Peer reviews are also an integral part of your development as writers. You will learn to self-assess your draft papers and those of your peers before submitting your final versions. 

Class assignments and grading

The class is centered around three papers: two short essays (3-4 pages), and a series of short in-class writing/research that leads to one long research paper (6-8 pages). For each paper that you write you should expect to submit multiple drafts for review, and you will be required to revise your work multiple times before submitting a last revision. The final version of your research paper serves as the final exam for this class.

Catalog Description: 
Expository writing based on material presented in a specific natural science lecture course. Assignments include drafts of papers to be submitted in the specified course, and other pieces of analytical prose. Concurrent registration in the specified course required.
GE Requirements: 
English Composition (C)
Writing (W)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
March 15, 2016 - 3:30pm