課程資訊
課程名稱
學術邏輯表達力
Logic Your Way into Writing 
開課學期
109-2 
授課對象
 寫作教學中心  
授課教師
柯凱彣 
課號
Write7018 
課程識別碼
Q01 M0390 
班次
 
學分
3.0 
全/半年
半年 
必/選修
選修 
上課時間
星期四6,7,8(13:20~16:20) 
上課地點
共303 
備註
本課程以英語授課。
限碩士班以上
總人數上限:17人 
Ceiba 課程網頁
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1092Write7018_ 
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課程概述

Many students and researchers struggle to write and communicate their research in a way that is both intuitive and convincing, especially but not limited to a cross disciplinary setting. This course will help prepare students to write more clearly, make it easier for their audience to understand what they are saying, and to train students to offer enough support in the direct and indirect arguments that they make within the context of their research writing

This course will focus on training students to analyze, create, and support arguments in their academic writing. Students will learn to develop their critical thinking skills and incorporate these skills into their own writing, with the goal of well-presented logical writing within the context of a research article. In addition, this class will also focus on writing clarity, style, and flow.

Emphasis will also be placed on communicating research through both speaking and writing as a way to facilitate understanding and communication. This will involve conducting audience/reader analysis, using more active sentence constructions, incorporating syntactic and semantic clarity, utilizing progression and transition strategies, as well as evaluating overall language and jargon usage.

In addition, students will learn to develop their critical reading skills in order to present and support research arguments in writing. Critical reading will involve multiple ways of evaluating academic arguments for clarity and logic, while also identifying any logic and argument shortcomings in student’s own writing.

This course combines elements of both Formal and Informal Aristotelian logic (Syllogisms), as well and Deductive and Inductive critical thinking skills using a Socratic critical thinking lens. These elements of logic will focus and be adapted for an academic writing and oral communication setting.

This class will be conducted through a combination of lecture and group works. While there will be a lecture component for each class, this class relies heavily on group work as a means for students to apply the content that is presented in class, and also for the exchange of ideas and opinions. This exchange of ideas will be based on class tasks and activities, but in addition to this, students will be providing peer feedback to each other. This peer feedback will focus on how well the students communicate (through writing and/or speaking) their research, thought process, and their position and arguments.

This course will be taught completely in English and will focus on both writing in the sciences as well as the humanities. 

課程目標
The primary aim of this course is to develop students’ ability to use critical reading, logic, and common rhetorical functions in organizing and writing for academic research. The course focuses on specific rhetorical writing skills such as: definition, description, and argumentation. Major written assignments in this course will focus on incorporating these rhetorical strategies, as well as logical progression and clear and descriptive style, to communicate students’ research to a cross-disciplinary audience. The instructional means adopted in this course include lectures, discussion, and hands-on practice.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate and analyze a variety of texts for academic purposes.
2. Identify features of academic writing in the sciences and the humanities and apply the knowledge of academic writing to organize ideas into a logical and coherent text.
3. Utilize writing and rhetorical strategies for coherence and concision
4. Compose an article Introduction which presents their research in a clear and cohesive manner to a multidisciplinary/cross-disciplinary audience
5. Evaluate writing for clarity
6. Formulate academic arguments that are well supported through writing using concepts of Aristotelian logic
7. Develop proof-reading and self-editing skills
8. Present their research in both writing and speaking to a cross-disciplinary/multidisciplinary audience and to increase the intelligibility of their research by utilizing content design and rhetorical strategies. 
課程要求
• Class attendance and participation is required. If you are absent for more than 3 classes in a semester, or are often late and/or leave early, your final course grade may be negatively impacted
• Lectures are presented in English. All student work will be submitted in English. In class discussions should be conducted for the most part in English
• This course is not open to undergraduates or auditors
• Although we do not evaluate English levels, students will need to self-evaluate their ability to determine if they have a sufficient level.
• All materials are in English. If students need help with advanced grammar for academic writing, I recommend taking the AWEC’s Fundamentals of English Writing class before taking this class.
• Registration by CEIBA does not guarantee students a place in this course. Enrollment will be determined by application and a summary of students’ needs and objectives in writing on the first day of the course.
• Late assignments will not be accepted
• This class will use both CEIBA and Google Classroom. Make sure you familiarize yourself with both systems throughout the semester. 
Office Hours
另約時間 備註: By appointment 
參考書目
- Browne, M. N., & Keeley, S. M. (2007). Asking the right questions: A guide to critical thinking. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Bowling Green State University.
- Glasman-Deal, H. (2016). Science research writing: For non-native speakers of English. London: Imperial College Press.
- Moore, B. N., & Parker, R. B. (2015). Critical thinking. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
- Minto, B. (2010). The pyramid principle: Logic in writing and thinking. London: Financial Times Prentice Hall.
- Morrow, D.R., Weston, A. (2015) A Workbook for Arguments: A complete course in critical thinking, 2nd Edition. Indianapolis, IN.: Hackett Publishing Company.
- Pyrczak, F., & Bruce, R. R. (2017). Writing empirical research reports: A basic guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
- Redman, P., & Maples, W. (2017). Good essay writing: A social sciences guide. London: SAGE Publications in association with the Open University.
- Swales, J. M., & Feak, C. B. (2017). Academic writing for graduate students: essential tasks and skills. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. 
指定閱讀
- Designated readings will be provided by the instructor and will involve varous articles and excerpts from books and essays.
- Handouts provided for each topic 
評量方式
(僅供參考)
 
No.
項目
百分比
說明
1. 
Class / HW Assignments 
10% 
 
2. 
Article / Editorial Critique 
20% 
 
3. 
Persuasive Writing Piece 
20% 
 
4. 
Debate 1 
10% 
 
5. 
Debate 2 
10% 
 
6. 
3 Minute Thesis Presentation 
15% 
 
7. 
Participation 
10% 
 
8. 
Quizzes 
5% 
 
 
課程進度
週次
日期
單元主題
Week 1
2/25  - Course Introduction - What is Critical Thinking? - Introduction to Critical thinking: Conclusion and Premise 
Week 2
3/04  - Identifying Conclusion and Premise(s) - Well-Crafted Arguments 
Week 3
3/11  - Argument Mapping - Fallacies of Irrelevance and Ambiguity 
Week 4
3/18  - Mapping an Article - Fallacies Involving Unwarranted Assumptions - Article / Editorial Critique 
Week 5
3/25  - Writing: Mechanics, Grammar + Style - Article / Editorial Critique: Peer Review - Logic and Language Major Assignment: - Critique: First Draft 
Week 6
4/01  - Holiday: No class 
Week 7
4/08  - Logic and Language Continued - Critique: Peer Review - Debate Practice Major Assignment: - Critique: Second Draft 
Week 8
4/15  - Categorical Logic: Statements and Syllogism - Debate Workshop 
Week 9
4/22  - Debate 1 Major Assignment: - Critique: Final Draft - Debate 1 
Week 10
4/29  - Categorical Logic: Continued - Persuasive Arguments into Persuasive Writing - Developing and Supporting Arguments continued 
Week 11
5/06  - Persuasive Writing: Peer Review - Statement Logic: Truth Tables Major Assignment: - Persuasive Writing First Draft 
Week 12
5/13  - Presentation Skills: Basics - 3 Minute Thesis: Introduction - Message Box Approach 
Week 13
5/20  - Debate 2 Major Assignment: - Debate 2 
Week 14
5/27  - Persuasive Writing: Peer Review Major Assignment: - Persuasive Writing Second Draft 
Week 15
6/03  - 3 Minute Thesis: Presenting your Research - Probability 
Week 16
6/10  - 3 Minute Thesis Workshop and Peer Review 
Week 17
6/17  - 3-Minute Thesis Presentation Major Assignment: - Persuasive Writing Final Draft