Course Texts

Benjamin, Walter. “Unpacking my Library: A Talk About Book Collecting.” Illuminations. Trans Harry Zohn. New York: Schocken Books, 1968. 59-67. (Canvas)

Bennett, Jane. “Powers of the Hoard: Further Notes on Material Agency.” Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects. Ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. Washington DC: Oliphaunt Books, 2012. 237-273. (Canvas)

Bogost, Ian. “Alien Phenomenology.” Alien Phenomenology, or, What It’s Like to be a Thing. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. 1-34. (Canvas)

Brazillier, Amy and Elizabeth Klienfeld eds. WOVENText: Georgia Tech’s Bedford Book of Genres. 2nd Ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2018. (

Herring, Scott. “Pathological Collectables.” The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. 51-84. (Canvas)

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. The Internet Shakespeare. Modern, Editor’s Version (Conflated). Ed. David Bevington. University of Victoria, 2018. 

Grading Scale

Grade/Range Percentage/Range Descriptive
A+ to A- 98% to 90% Superior performance: rhetorically, aesthetically, and technically—demonstrating advanced understanding and use of media in particular contexts. An inventive spark and exceptional execution.
B+ to B- 89% to 80% Above-average, high quality performance: rhetorically, aesthetically, and technically.
C+ to C- 79% to 70% Average (not inferior) performance: Competent and acceptable— rhetorically, aesthetically, and technically.
D+ to D- 69% to 60% Below average performance: Less than competent— rhetorically, aesthetically, and technically.
F 59% and below Unacceptable performance: Failure to meet even minimum criteria—rhetorically, aesthetically, and technically.
0 0% No work submitted

Common Feedback Chart


WCP Programmatic Rubric with Added Process

Common Policies

You must familiarize yourself with Georgia Tech’s Common Policies about learning outcomes, evaluation equivalences and rubrics (grading), course completion, attendance requirements, Dean of Students and Counseling Center, participation in class, non-discrimination, the Communication Center, accommodations, academic misconduct, syllabus modifications, and Final Instructional Class Days. You will be responsible for these policies, and when you sign the Statement of Understanding, you affirm you are familiar with these policies.


The Writing and Communication Program has a Program-wide attendance policy, which allows a specified number of absences without penalty, regardless of reason. Students may miss a total of 3 T/R classes and 4 M/W/F classes without penalty. Unless exempted for participation in GA Tech athletics, religious observance, personal/familial crisis, hospitalization, or excused by the Dean of Students, each additional absence beyond the allotted number deducts one-third from the student’s final grade.Missing 6 classes in a T/Th course or 8 classes for a M/W/F course may result in failure of the class, as determined by the instructor of the course in consultation with the Director and Associate Director of the Writing and Communication Program. Arriving to class more than 10 minutes late constitutes a tardy and three tardy constitutes an absence. Sleeping through any portion of a class period may constitute an absence.

Late or Missing Assignments

I do not accept late work as a general policy. For major assignments, however, late work will be accepted with a penalty. The assignment will drop from its original grade by one-third a grade letter for each day past the due date. An assignment that is one day late, for instance, may drop from an A to an A- or a B+ to a B. Alternatively an assignment that is three days late, may drop from a B to a C or a B- to a C-.

Course Completion

In all sections of ENGL 1101/2, not completing any component of the course, including projects, assignments, or workshops, may result in failure of the course, as determined by the instructor in consultation with the Director and Associate Director of the Writing and Communication Program.


While revision is built into all major assignments, during the semester you will have the opportunity to revise one major assignment that earns a B- or below. If you wish to revise a graded assignment, meet with me during office hours or by appointment to discuss steps and due dates. The revised assignment will receive an entirely new grade (not an average of the old and new grade).

Academic Integrity

Cheating and plagiarism are serious violations of the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code. Plagiarism is intentionally passing off sentences, paragraphs, or entire papers written by someone else as your own original work, or submitting whole or partial projects produced for other classes. When you intentionally use language, ideas, images, or other material or code without fully acknowledging its source/authorship in citation, you will receive and F for engaging in academic dishonesty and be referred to the Office of Student Integrity, as required by Georgia Tech policy.


Please note that this class requires some walking outdoors. Georgia Tech supports students through Access Disabled Assistance Program for Tech Students (ADAPTS). Any student who may require accommodation for a documented disability should inform me during the first week of class or when you become aware of your disability. Students who anticipate difficulties with the content or format of the course due to a documented disability should arrange a meeting with me at the beginning of the semester, so we can create a workable plan for your success in the course. ADAPTS serves any Georgia Tech student who has a documented, qualified disability. Official documentation of the disability is required to determine the eligibility for accommodation or adaptations that may be helpful for this course.

Communications Center

Please consider taking one or more projects, at any stage of the writing process, to the Georgia Tech Communications Center. The Center is an excellent resource for all students working on white papers, oral presentations, storyboards, videos, poster designs, podcasts, or professional materials. Make your appointment online to meet with a tutor in Clough Commons, Suite 447.


The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts supports the Georgia Institute of Technology’s commitment to creating a campus free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. We further affirm the importance of cultivating an intellectual climate that allows us to better understand the similarities and differences of those who constitute the Georgia Tech community, as well as the necessity of working against inequalities that may also manifest here as they do in the broader society.

Content Warning

If you find you are unable to work with the text due to content, see me and accommodations will be made.

Course Website and Syllabus Modifications

Please note that the course calendar, assignments, and texts are subject to updates over the duration of the semester, and while the course site will be revised to reflect changes, the .pdf syllabus will not.


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