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Upper Division Courses - Summer 2012


Please note: the following list is subject to change and may not be comprehensive. Please check the online course listing for the full roster along with information on class days/times and room numbers. The course location is at UHD Main Campus and instructional method is in person unless otherwise noted. 


ENG 3302 - Business and Technical Report Writing (May Minimester and Summer III) (Sample)

ENG 3302 - Business and Technical Report Writing (Summer I) (Online) (Schmadeka)

ENG 3305 - Essay Writing (Summer I) (Ellwanger)

ENG 3311 - Studies in Poetry (Summer I) (Gilbert)

ENG 3318 - Studies in English Grammar (Summer I) (Williams)

ENG 3321 - Tragedy, Transgression, and Triumph: An Introduction to African American Literature (Summer I) (Robertson)



English 3302 - Business and Technical Report Writing

Joe Sample

Three Sections:

May Minimester

CRN: 25057 (Online)

Summer III

MTWR 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. (In Person - CRN: 40066)

MTWR 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. (In Person - CRN: 40073)


In English 3302 you will learn the theories, principles, and processes of effective written communication in business and technical disciplines. Particular attention will be given to the major strategies for composing business and technical discourse, techniques of analyzing audiences and writing situations, and methods for organizing data and information. Course objectives include:

  • Enabling you to understand and apply rhetorical principles to business and technical communication situations
  • Teaching you strategies for effectively producing a variety of workplace documents
  • Developing your ability to generate quality individual and collaborative work
  • Developing skills to evaluate your own and others’ written work
  • Challenging you to consider the many socio-cultural factors that influence the form and content of your work.



English 3302 - Business and Technical Report Writing

Summer I

Wayne Schmadeka, Ph.D.

Two Sections:

CRN: 30103 (Online)

CRN: 30104 (Online)


Prerequisite: Three credit hours of English literature.

Students will study and practice writing the types of documents frequently used in the workplace, including cover letters and resumes, a proposal, a progress report, a recommendation report, and a PowerPoint presentation.

Learning Outcomes:

• Research, design, create, and prepare informal and formal documents suitable for the workplace
• Balance visual and verbal elements of communication in documents and oral presentations
• Use current technology to search for and report information
• Edit documents for correctness
• Respond usefully to others' writing

Major Assignments:

• Cover letter and resume in response to a job announcement
• Proposal for a recommendation/feasibility report
• Procedures
• Progress report
• Recommendation report

Recent examples of reports include:

• Recommending implementation of JROTC programs at HISD junior high schools
• Evaluating whether it is better for a student to remodel her existing home or build a new home
• Recommending enhancements to security for UHD students, staff, and faculty
• Recommending expansion of recycling in Houston


Business Communication for Success
Available online for free and as a downloadable e-book from



English 3305 - Essay Writing

Adam Ellwanger

Summer I

MTWR 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

English 3305 is both a study of the rhetorical form of the essay and a workshop in which you will hone your skills as an essayist (and, more broadly, as a writer).  Over the course of the semester, we will emphasize the links between being a good reader and being a good writer: all of the essays you write will be critical responses to the essays we read as a class.  The essays that you will be asked to read will be fairly difficult; however, you will have the opportunity to read them each a number of times (and to modify your responses to the texts with each reading).  Because you will be required to dwell with a given text for much longer than you are accustomed, your success in the course will depend heavily on your patience and diligence.  All of our reading will deal in some capacity with the topic of education – a topic that should be relevant to each of you as students and/or prospective teachers.  In addition to the three major essays that you will write and revise, you will regularly compose short writing assignments in and out of class.  Ultimately, the goals of English 3305 are 1) to improve your skills as a competent writer of essays, 2) to strengthen your critical reading and thinking abilities, and 3) to equip you with a set of practices and routines that will enable you to meet the needs of a variety of writing situations.



English 3309 - Introduction to Creative Writing

Jane Creighton

Summer I

MTWR 2:45 - 4:45 p.m.

CRN: 30095

This class will introduce students to the skills, practices, and innovations of published writers in the genres of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. We will experiment daily and weekly with different forms in these genres. Over the course of the short semester, students will build a portfolio of their own writing, and will engage in lively critical response to the writing of others. Whether you are just beginning, or have been writing for a while, the class will serve you by encouraging you to write and become a part of a literary dialogue that is going on well beyond the confines of the classroom.



Janet Burroway. Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Academics, 2011.



English 3311 - Studies in Poetry

Summer I

Bill Gilbert

CRN: 30083

MTWR 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., rm. A-412


Studies in Poetry is a course in reading and interpreting the widest array of poems possible in a month-long summer course.  Interpretations will be both spoken (in class discussions) and written (in three essays of explication—one the final exam—and a fourth longer essay on several poems by a single author and in daily responses on the course website to assigned readings).  Because this is not a creative writing class, students will not be writing poems.

This course does not require or assume previous knowledge about poetry.  It is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts about how poetry is constructed and how it communicates with readers.  The required textbook (Poetry by Meyer) will provide all the material students must read (but not restrict them from reading additional poems of their choice and analyses of poems that students may find helpful).

Taking this course will help you appreciate and get comfortable with the subtleties of thought and feeling that literature’s most compressed forms can convey.  Address questions to or drop by N-1052 to chat about the course.

Here’s an a propos sample to mull over:


O wind, rend open the heat,

cut apart the heat,

rend it to tatters.


Fruit cannot drop

through this thick air –

fruit cannot fall into heat

that presses up and blunts

the points of pears

and rounds the grapes.


Cut the heat –

plough through it,

turning it on either side

of your path.

—H.D. (1916)


English 3318 - Studies in English Grammar

Malcolm Williams

Two Sections:

MTWR 8 - 10 a.m., rm.A-412 (CRN: 40067)

MTWR 2:45 - 4:45 p.m., rm. A-412 (CRN: 40076)


Martha Kolln (2006) points out that many speakers of English equate grammar with morality. The purpose of this course is to help students achieve a clearer perception of what the grammar of English is in actuality: a set of rule-governed behaviors similar in nature to other social sciences. This 3-credit-hour course in an intensive survey of the principles and problems of English Grammar. We begin by developing fluency in the vocabulary that is specific to a discussion of grammar and syntax. In addition, focus is placed on how to apply these principles to teaching as well as to studies in bilingualism. Error analysis is addressed from a structural point of view.

Learning grammar is not about learning to understand what sentences mean. Rather, grammar study is about learning how meaning is conveyed through a range of sentence structures and patterns. Our bodies obey the laws of physics and chemistry without our conscious knowledge. Likewise, our minds understand the rules of syntax perfectly. If grammar seems difficult to you, it is because you are applying new terminology to concepts you learned so long ago that you no longer remember the steps in the acquisition process.

Upon completion of this course, students should demonstrate

a) ability to articulate the goals of prescriptive as well descriptive grammar,
b) knowledge of the terminology of grammar and writing,
c) fluency in this terminology,
d) ability to find, correct, and explain common errors in language use,
e) application of basic language analysis skills to words and sentences,
f) ability to generate sentence trees using basic principles of phrase structure theories,
g) proficiency in exploiting corpus-external and corpus-internal evidence to explain how meaning emerges from structure,

h) competence in grammatical description, including understanding of morphology and an understanding of English phrase and sentence syntax

i) the ability to evaluate and critique claims about grammatical “correctness.”

Text:  A Course Packet available from the Copy Center is the only required material set.  Outside readings will be assigned but no purchase of outside materials is required.



English 3321 - Tragedy, Transgression, and Triumph: An Introduction to African American Literature

Summer I

MTWR 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

CRN: 30087

Dr. Vida A. Robertson


This course will explore and examine our American reality through the cultural production of African American writers, poets, activists, and scholars. By contextually engaging these representative works in their social and historical circumstances, we as a community of scholars hope to gain insight into their ideological function and form as literary works. In doing so, we will be able to better appreciate their singular and collective contribution to our broader American consciousness and the subsequent reality that arises from it. This discussion-oriented course aims to provide a broad perspective on the various literary strategies that African American authors have employed to successfully navigate the protracted tragedy of slavery, transgress the boundaries of their overdetermined racial construction, and triumph over the disparity of their social, economic, and political circumstances.  We will see how these authors declare themselves as equals and are able, “in the kingdom of culture, to escape both death and isolation, to husband and use [their] best powers and latent genius” (Du Bois). This course will trace the life and thought of African American literature from its earliest beginnings in African American folklore to its widespread inclusion in the American literary canon.







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