Course Structure

Course Description

This course focuses on written and visual rhetoric, using multiple technologies to deliver and enhance a variety of texts aimed at various audiences. In addition to serving as a prerequisite to many classes in your major, it is designed to prepare you for the writing you will likely do in college and professional work. The tools you will use to interpret and analyze various types of written communication will likely change the way you read, write, and think.


English 252 assumes that you are familiar with the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing) and standard conventions of writing (grammar, punctuation, mechanics, spelling). It also assumes that you have reading skills appropriate to the college level, and that you have been at least superficially introduced to the campus library. You have completed Foundations English 101 or Communication 111.

Course Objectives

English 252 Fundamentals of Research and Presentation is a writing class for English majors and minors. It examines English Studies, asks students to research an issue from the major, and requires students to interpret that research for various rhetorical contexts, both print and digital.

  1. Students will understand career options and attendant professional issues within English studies.
  2. Students will demonstrate evidence of academic and career planning (English major emphases, planning classes, extracurricular opportunities, professional networking, and issues in English studies).
  3. Students will write a resume and begin a professional portfolio.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct and report academic research (research; analyze, synthesize, argue, support; organize, draft, rewrite, edit; document in MLA).
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to adapt academic research to a variety of rhetorical situations, including contexts requiring desktop publishing and web authoring (rhetorical theory, audience and context, visual rhetoric, software).

In conjunction with the objectives above, you will:

Upon course completion, you should become:

Assignments will include:

Course Requirements

Course Texts

There are no texts for this course.

Grading Policies

This course is divided into 14 weeks. All assignments for the week must be turned in by their deadlines (Please refer to your Calendar for due dates as there are sometimes several per week). No late work is accepted. If there is a true emergency preventing you from turning in your assignment on time, you must contact me as quickly as possible to make other arrangements. If you know you will be unable to turn in an assignment during the week it is due, you must make arrangements to turn in your work early. Because the class is online, you have more flexibility, so things like car trouble, travel, mild illness, or employment should not deter you from completing the work for the course on time. In the event of technical difficulties with I-Learn, you will need to find another way to send me your work (email is a possibility).

Please remember to save your work in several places to ensure that it is not lost. For example, you could email it to yourself and a friend, save it on a flash drive, and save it on your hard drive. If you lose work and do not have it backed up elsewhere, you will have no choice but to redo everything that you lost.

There are approximately 1000 points possible. The number of points you accumulate by the end of the semester determines your grade. I-Learn’s Grade Center shows the percentage of the work completed and your current grade. The majority of the final grade comes at the course’s end with the completion of several writing projects.

My goal is to help you become a better writer, so please contact me with any questions or concerns you have about the class. Please put ENG 252 in the subject line of your email. I am here to help.


The total points possible in the course cluster in approximately the following weights:

BYU–I has adopted new definitions for final grades:

Grading Scale
A 94% - 100%
A- 90% - 93%
B+ 87% - 89%
B 84% - 86%
B- 80% - 83%
C+ 77% - 79%
C 74% - 76%
C- 70% - 73%
D+ 67% - 69%
D 62% - 66%
D- 60% - 61%
F 59% - 0%

Standard Code of Conduct

Demand the highest ethical standards from yourself.

The collaborative and team oriented nature in this class means that there are many group projects both in and out of class. It is inevitable that you will have opportunities to hand in work that is not your own. Remember when these opportunities present themselves that you are being trusted and challenged to uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior. We want you to learn from your experiences in this class and at BYU-I in general, that you need to be able to trust each other and yourself to make the ethical decision. Accordingly, cheating, plagiarism, and other cases of intellectual dishonesty will not be tolerated, and will be referred to the judicial board for review.

Take pride in your work.

Business leaders know that everything they present to the public reflects on them and their organization. Long-term success comes only to companies and individuals who produce the highest quality products and services, and deliver them in a timely fashion. Every paper, presentation, and project is an expression of the pride you take in yourself and your work. Make every effort to write well, meet deadlines, and take the time to make both the format and the content of your work of the highest quality. This may mean writing one more draft, double checking spelling and grammar, or reviewing overheads and practicing your presentation one more time.

Demonstrate respect for yourself and for others.

Managers make decisions and try to influence others to implement them. Thus, if you are going to be a manager, you have to learn how to make others accept and respect you. You must show yourself to be worthy of their respect and show that you respect them. Your professional demeanor sends messages about your leadership ability and level of dedication. You can earn a lot of credit here for doing some very basic things.


Online Support Center

The Online Support Center (OSC) is designed to help any students taking online courses at BYU-Idaho. If you have questions about any online course or any feedback concerning online courses, instructors, or your online learning experience please contact the OSC.

OSC Contact Information

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