Learning Outcomes for LMC 3403




Rhetoric focuses on available means of persuasion, considering the synergy of factors such as context, audience, purpose, role, argument, organization, design, visuals, and conventions of language.

  • Fashion artifacts that address the exigencies of diverse contexts, exhibiting effective persuasive strategies, tact, and sensitivity to theoretical, ethical and legal concerns.
  • Collect, craft, and present technical information in ways that convey a clear purpose to a specific audience.

Processes for communication—for example, creating, planning, drafting, designing, rehearsing, revising, presenting, publishing—are recursive, not linear. Learning productive processes is as important as creating products.

  • Construct, select, craft, revise, and repurpose information to reflect individual, cultural, and/or organizational values.
  • Collaborate on artifacts that meet the needs of the specific audiences.

Modes and Media

Activities and assignments should use a variety of modes and media—written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal—singly and in combination. The context and culture of multimodality and multimedia are critical.

  • Create WOVEN (Written, Oral, Visual, Electronic, and Nonverbal) artifacts— such as memos, emails, proposals, reports, instructions, manuals, websites, and short and long presentations— that display strategic uses of generic and stylistic conventions.

Documents and other artifacts should arrange visual elements according to consistent, efficient, and effective principles.

  • Use theories and principles of document design to create and present accessible, comprehensible, and usable artifacts.
  • Integrate graphics to achieve maximum clarity in print documents, presentation slides, websites, and other artifacts.


Evaluation Equivalencies

In this course, this is what your letter grades mean. Your instructor has the option of using +/- in grading an individual assignment; he or she will indicate the grading policy on the course syllabus. Remember that Georgia Tech does NOT use +/- for course grades.

Letter grade
(NB: Georgia Tech does NOT use +/- for course grades. Likewise, some instructors do NOT use +/-  for grading assignments. If your instructor uses +/- for grading assignments, the table shows the equivalencies.)
Numeric Equivalent
in this Class

A: 90-100

Superior performance—rhetorically, aesthetically, and technically—demonstrating advanced understanding and use of the media in particular contexts. An inventive spark and exceptional execution.


B: 80-89

Above-average, high-quality performance—rhetorically, aesthetically, and technically.


C: 70-79

Average (not inferior) performance. Competent and acceptable—rhetorically, aesthetically, and technically.


D: 60-69

Below-average performance. Less than competent — rhetorically, aesthetically, and/or technically.


F: 0-59

Unacceptable performance. Failure to meet even minimum criteria rhetorically, aesthetically, and/or technically.

0 (zero) Work not submitted


Evaluation Rubric

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Course Completion

In all sections of LMC 3403, failure to complete any component of the course, including projects, assignments, and stages of projects or assignments, may result in failure of the course, as determined by the instructor of the course in consultation with the Director and Associate Director of the Writing and Communication Program.



The Writing and Communication Program has a Program-wide attendance policy, which allows a specified number of absences without penalty, regardless of reason. After that, penalties accrue. Exceptions are allowed for Institute-approved absences (for example, those documented by the Registrar) and situations such as hospitalization or family emergencies (documented by the Office of the Dean of Students).

  • Attendance requirement. Students may miss a total of three (3) classes for T/Th or four (4) for M/W/F classes over the course of the semester without penalty.
  • Reasons for absences. The attendance policy does not make any distinction about the reasons for your absences. Only absences officially exempted by the Institute (e.g., due to participation in official Georgia Tech athletics, to religious observance, to personal or family crisis confirmed by documentation from the Dean of Students) will not be counted among your allotted absences. These exemptions are difficult to get.
  • Responsibility for missed work. Students are responsible for finding out what they may have missed while absent from class and what policy the instructor has for making up missed work.
  • Absence penalties. Each additional absence after the allotted number deducts one-third of a letter grade from a student’s final grade. Missing six (6) classes in a T/Th course or eight (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.

Students are expected to keep up with their own attendance record; see the instructor if you have a question about how many classes you have missed. The instructor’s record is the official record of your attendance in the class.


Required Textbook

All sections of ENGL 1101 and 1102 use WOVENText as a required e-textbook. Individual instructors may have additional required books and/or resources for your section–please consult the class syllabus or your instructor.

Access codes for WOVENText are available at the GT Barnes and Noble bookstore; access the book using the code through redshelf.com.


Dean of Students and Counseling Center

Attending college can be a stressful time; don’t hesitate to ask for help if you’re feeling overly anxious, stressed, or depressed. Georgia Tech has two main ways to seek support: through the Office of the Dean of Students and through the Counseling Center. Both units work closely together to support Georgia Tech students. You can seek support by using the contact information below.

Office of the Dean of Students
Charles A. Smithgall Jr Student Services Building (also known as the Flag Building), Suite 210
(404) 894-6367

Counseling Center
Charles A. Smithgall Jr Student Services Building (also known as the Flag Building), Suite 328
404-894-2575 (including 24-hour, seven-day-a-week access to a counselor on call).


Statement Regarding Insecurity

When students face insecurity regarding food, shelter, clothing, or other necessary resources, it can be difficult to learn. It’s important to know that you are not alone in dealing with these issues. Georgia Tech offers support for students through the Students’ Temporary Assistance and Resources office located within the Division of Student Life. These resources include a food pantry, campus closet, temporary housing options, and emergency funding.


Campus Carry

Familiarize yourself with the guidance from the University System of Georgia regarding House Bill 280, commonly known as “campus carry.”



Classroom and campus safety are of paramount importance at Georgia Tech. Safety is the shared responsibility of all of us throughout the entire campus. The Writing and Communication Program urges faculty and students to follow the ALERT, ASSESS, ACT protocol for all types of emergencies and the RUN, HIDE, FIGHT response for active shooter incidents.

  • Remain ALERT through direct observation and emergency notifications.
  • ASSESS your specific situation (e.g., threats, people, location, conditions).
  • ACT in the most appropriate way to ensure your own safety and the safety of others if you are able.

Please view the FBI’s RUN, HIDE, FIGHT response for active shooter incidents: https://youtu.be/5VcSwejU2D0.

Please make sure you are familiar with GTENS (Georgia Tech’s Emergency Notification System), which allows you to receive time-sensitive emergency messages in e-mail, voice mail, and text messages, as well as the LiveSafe app, a comprehensive safety app that enables you to call or text GTPD quickly on your mobile phone. Please review and act on these five safety practices:

  • GTENS Notification: Review the Georgia Tech Emergency Preparedness notification information and register (if you haven’t already) through the link at https://passport.gatech.edu.
  • LiveSafe: Use this link — http://www.livesafe.gatech.edu/ — to download the LiveSafe app to your Smartphone (if you haven’t already).
  • GT Police: Make sure the Georgia Tech Police Department number is in your Smartphone: (404) 894-2500. Call this number for any on-campus emergency.
  • 9-1-1: In an emergency, you can always dial 9-1-1. If you call 9-1-1 from your cell phone, the call will be directed to the City of Atlanta Dispatch Center. Immediately tell the dispatcher that you are calling from Georgia Tech, and your call will be transferred to the Georgia Tech Police Department Operations Center.
  • Classes for Safety and Emergency Preparedness: Classes in crime prevention techniques, self-defense, property protection, and emergency preparedness, as well as additional resources, are available through the GTPD website: police.gatech.edu


Participation in Class

The Writing and Communication Program has a Program-wide participation policy. Active participation and engagement in class are required. Students who have not done the reading and/or who do not actively participate during the class period may be penalized for lack of participation. In this class, participation counts as part of your grade.


NonDiscrimination and Inclusion

The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, and the Writing and Communication Program support 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.

Alternative viewpoints are welcome in this class; however, statements that are deemed racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, or otherwise discriminatory toward others in the class or outside the class will not be tolerated.


Naugle CommLab (Communication Center)

Georgia Tech’s Naugle CommLab is located in Clough Commons, Suite 447. It is an excellent resource for all students (undergraduate or graduate) who want help with a communication-related project, from their multimodal assignments for English 1101 and English 1102 to graduate school applications, from engineering and science reports to oral presentations, from storyboards for videos to poster designs, from grant proposals to job cover letters and resumes.

  • What kind of help is available? The trained professional and peer tutors in the CommLab help all students with their written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal communication in every discipline.
  • What you can expect? You can visit the center at any stage of the process for any project in any discipline. The knowledgeable and friendly professional and peer tutors are available to help you develop and revise your projects.
  • What are examples of the available help? Have a B+ on a communication project that you really want to be an A? Get some help in the CommLab. Need help getting your team to work more effectively? Get some help in the CommLab. Have an important oral presentation? Get some help in the CommLab. Struggling with writing or speaking or reading? Get some help in the CommLab. Making a film or writing a novel? Get some help in the CommLab with the communication elements of ANY project.
  • What’s not available? The tutors are not available to “fix” your projects. Please do not expect tutors to proofread or edit–although tutors will be happy to help you develop self-editing strategies.
  • What about ESL/EFL support? The staff includes professional tutors specially trained to assist non-native speakers.
  • How do you make an appointment? For information on making an appointment please visit this website.  If you need assistance with the appointment system, you can call 404-385-3612 or stop by the center.
  • What about cost and privacy? All services are free and confidential.



Georgia Tech supports students through the Office of Disability Services. Any student who may require an accommodation for a documented disability should inform their instructor privately during the first week of class or as soon as you become aware of your disability. Anyone who anticipates difficulties with the content or format of the course due to a documented disability should arrange a meeting so we can create a workable plan for your success in this course. The Office of Disability Services serves any Georgia Tech student who has a documented, qualifying disability. Official documentation of the disability is required to determine eligibility for accommodations or adaptations that may be helpful for this course. Please make sure your instructor receives a Faculty Accommodation Letter form verifying your disability and specifying the accommodation you need during the first week of class.

  • Visit: Smithgall Student Services Bldg, Suite 210 on 353 Ferst Drive
  • Email: adapts@vpss.gatech.edu.
  • Call: 404-894-2563 (V); 404-894-1664 (TDD); 404-894-9928 (fax)

Please note the following Institutional testing policy changes/clarifications effective September 30, 2015.

Course instructors shall notify the Institute’s Office of Disability Services within the first two weeks of the semester, or in the alternative, within one week of the student’s intended use of testing accommodations, a list of items approved or prohibited during the administration of assessments. This policy will provide students with the opportunity to review, and if necessary re-confirm with the instructor the list of items in advance of the first course assessment or if not applicable to the first assessment, a reasonable time in advance of the assessment that the student intends to utilize testing accommodations.

In the event a student who has been granted extended testing time as an accommodation for a documented disability is scheduled for two examinations in one day, the examination scheduled second (later) in time may, at the election by the student, be considered in conflict and treated in all other respects as a conflicted examination under Institute Academic Regulation 12(D)(6) (“Final Examinations”).

Please note that the student should contact the professor of the course that needs to be rescheduled before the sign up deadline if the testing center will be utilized for final exam proctoring.


Academic Misconduct

One serious kind of academic misconduct is plagiarism, which occurs when a writer, speaker, or designer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, images, or other original material or code without fully acknowledging its source by quotation marks as appropriate, in footnotes or endnotes, in works cited, and in other ways as appropriate (modified from WPA Statement on “Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism”). If you engage in plagiarism or any other form of academic misconduct, you will fail the assignment in which you have engaged in academic misconduct and be referred to the Office of Student Integrity, as required by Georgia Tech policy. We strongly urge you to be familiar with these Georgia Tech sites:


Syllabus Modifications

This syllabus—especially the required reading and assignment schedule—may be modified as the semester progresses to meet course outcomes and address the needs of members of the class.


Final Instructional Class Days and Reading Periods

Institute policies regarding Final Instructional Days and Reading Periods can be found here.

Final Instructional Class Days: April 22-23, 2019.

No tests or quizzes are to be administered on Final Instructional Class Days.

Graded homework or assignments, course projects, demonstrations, and presentations may be due during Final Instructional Class Days, provided they are listed on the syllabus at the start of the semester.

All assignments, other than the final portfolio, should be graded and reported to students on or before the last final instructional day.

Reading Periods: April 24, 2019 (all day); April 25, 2019 (8am-2:20pm); April 30, 2019 (8am-2:20pm)

No classes meet during Reading Periods.

No assignments, projects, presentations, or other graded activities can be due or take place during Reading Periods.

Instructors may schedule optional study review sessions for students during Reading Periods (but no credit or extra credit may be attached to these optional sessions).