1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Notification of Changes
  14. Custom Sections
  15. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  16. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  17. Severe Weather Protocol
  18. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  19. Religious Observances
  20. UAct Statement

Writing Across Media

EN 313-001Fall 2018 | 3 Credit Hours


Ms. Donna Branyon

Contact Information

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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

(EN 101 AND 102) OR EN 103

Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

Advanced writing course exploring composition with images, sound, video, and other media while considering theoretical perspectives on rhetorical concepts such as authorship, audience, process, revision, and design.

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
  • NONE / NO TEXT REQUIRED (Required)

Course Objectives

How often do you stop to think about the medium in which you are communicating? How does a specific medium change the way you write? What does it mean to “read” an image? How does our use of technology shape the way we communicate? What theories inform our relationships with media? In this class, we will explore the intersections between various media: print, film, images, sound, social media, etc. We will develop an approach for understanding and composing multimedia products while attempting to identify (and challenge) the implicit conventions of media. Along the way, we will consider the ways writing (as an object and as a practice) is shaped by these multimedia interactions from both theoretical and practical perspectives. By integrating practical activities with broader theoretical issues, we will work on developing effective strategies for designing multimedia presentations, and through this class, you will create image, audio, remix, and interactive projects.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you should have successfully met the following outcomes: 

  • Effectively define, read, and produce multimedia texts.

  • Understand new media theories, including (but not limited to) topics such as process, authorship, affect, design, and multimodality.

  • Engage in informed discussion about new media theory, products, and processes. 

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of media production tools and software.

  • Create and disseminate information in a multimedia environment. 

Other Course Materials


Outline of Topics

There are five major projects in this course, including the final project.  Each one will involve composing in different media, and the due dates for each are listed on the course calendar.  Along with every major project, you will be required to write a reflective essay examining your compositional process and considering some of the related theory from the readings. Also, you will be required to present your work to the class and this presentation will count for a portion of your project grade. Specific details for these will be included in the project prompts and rubrics.

Exams and Assignments

Grading Policy

Your final course grade will be determined by your successful completion of the assignments described above. Final course grades will be awarded:

A+ = 98-100

A = 94-97

A- = 93-90

B+ = 87-89

B = 86-84

B- = 83-80

C+ = 77-79

C = 74-76

C-= 73-70

D+= 69-67

D = 66-64

D-= 63-60 

F = 59 or below

Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

Daily grades can not be made-up. Major assignments can be made-up at the instructor's discretion. Late assignments will be penalized 10 points per day late.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is important to the success of this class and to your development as a writer.  I expect you to come to each class prepared and ready to participate, having completed all required readings and assignments. Failure to attend any required individual conferences scheduled in lieu of class will result in a class absence.  Because of the collaborative nature of the class, it is difficult to make up missed work—especially during peer review days.  If chronic lack of preparation, lateness, or absence becomes a problem, I will lower your class engagement grade by one full letter. (Chronic absence= more than 3 absences).  Students who miss 20% of the course (6 absences) will normally receive a failing grade. Please note that I do not make a distinction between excused and unexcused absences.  In the event of a family emergency, serious illness, or other situation, speak with me as soon as possible.  

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility.  The UAct website (www.ua.edu/uact)  provides extensive information on how to report or obtain assistance with a variety of issues, including issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence or other Title IX violations, illegal discrimination, harassment, hate or bias incidents, child abuse or neglect, hazing, threat assessment, retaliation, and ethical violations or fraud.