Brian P. Burke

Brian P. Burke, ESL Public Speaking, Spring 2018

Course Description:

This course is designed to enhance students’ speech skills as effective performers and audience members of a diverse society. Therefore, a wide variety of readings, assignments, and class work will center on the development and application of skills necessary to speak and listen with a heightened awareness of audience adaptation. Theoretical concepts as they apply to actual speech performances will be the main emphasis in this course.

Required Text:

Lucas, Stephen E. The Art of Public Speaking. 12th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2015.

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Brian P. Burke, Composition 1, Fall 2017

Course Description:

In this course, students study and practice the essentials of essay writing, with an emphasis on producing clear, correct prose.

Required Texts:

- The Writer’s FAQs: A pocket Handbook. 6th Edition by Muriel Harris, & Jennifer L. Kunka (2018). ISBN: 978-0-13-467884-9

- Patterns For College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide. 13th Edition by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandel (2016). ISBN: 978-1-319-08806-4

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Brian P. Burke, ESL Speaking and Listening, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This is a conversation workshop course for non-native speakers of American English. In this course, the student will focus on refining pronunciation, making academic presentations, and participating in academic discussions. In order to achieve the most success in this class, the student must be able to speak flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Using a broad range of academic vocabulary appropriate for entry level college student is also a key element of this course. The student will give several academic presentations in which he/she will use the critical thinking and analysis skills learned in previous classes. The student will also lead a discussion while the others participate. The student will expand on these skills as he/she also increase your knowledge and experience with professional presentation techniques.

Required Text:

Dale, P. & Wolf, J. (2013). Speech communication made simple (4th ed.). White Plains, NY: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-13-286169-4

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Brian P. Burke, Composition 2, Spring 2017

Course Description:

In this course, a companion course to Composition 1, students study and practice essay writing in more depth. The course also includes an introduction to researching and writing from sources. Required of all freshmen. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0003 or ENGCMP 0005.

Required Texts:

*Kelly J. Mays, eds. The Norton Introduction to Literature. 11th ed. N.Y.: W.W. Norton, 2010.
*Moore, Alan, and Dave Gibbons. The Watchmen. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 1987.
*Moore, Alan, and Brian Bolland. Batman: The Killing Joke. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 2008.
*Ross, Alex & Mark Waid. Kingdom Come. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 1996.

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Brian P. Burke, Composition 2, Summer 2017

Course Description:

In this semester long course, students further refine their ability to express themselves with clarity and coherence in writing, demonstrate an understanding of the qualities inherent in various genres of writing, refine their ability to understand, employ, and effectively integrate various types of evidence in their written work, and learn how to conduct research on that topic using a variety of scholarly and popular sources and produce college level research papers

Required Texts:

- Kelly J. Mays, eds. The Norton Introduction to Literature. 10th ed. N.Y.: W.W. Norton, 2010.
- Lee, Jim. Batman: Hush. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 2003
- Meltzer, Brad. Identity Crisis, N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 2004.
- Moore, Alan, and Dave Gibbons. The Watchmen. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 1987.
- Moore, Alan, and Brian Bolland. Batman: The Killing Joke. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 2008.
- Ross, Alex & Mark Waid. Kingdom Come. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 1996. *Optional
- Snyder, Scott. Batman Vol 4: Zero Year-Secret City, N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 2014.
- Starlin, J, and M. Wolfman. Batman: A Death in the Family. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 1986.
- The Writer’s FAQs: A pocket Handbook. 6th Edition by Muriel Harris, & Jennifer L. Kunka (2017).

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Brian P. Burke, Composition 1, Fall 2016

Course Description:

English Composition 0005 is the first of UPJ’s standard two-course composition sequence. It is designed to develop writing, reading, and analytical skills for students in any major. Those skills will benefit you not only in your other courses, but in your professional career as well. In addition to developing those skills, you also will learn that the audience (better known as your reader) and sometimes the situation will determine which kind of writing you will use.

Required Texts:

The Writer’s FAQs: A pocket Handbook. 6th Edition by Muriel arris, & Jennifer L. Kunka (2017). ISBN: 978-0- 13-413305-8
The Longman Reader 11th Edition by Judith Nadell & John Langman (2012). ISBN: 978-0-13-386295-9

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Brian P. Burke, Composition 2, Spring 2016

Course Description:

In this course, a companion course to Composition 1, students study and practice essay writing in more depth. The course also includes an introduction to researching and writing from sources. Required of all freshmen. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0003 or ENGCMP 0005.

Required Texts:

*Kelly J. Mays, eds. The Norton Introduction to Literature. 11th ed. N.Y.: W.W. Norton, 2010.
*Moore, Alan, and Dave Gibbons. The Watchmen. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 1987.
*Moore, Alan, and Brian Bolland. Batman: The Killing Joke. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 2008.
*Ross, Alex & Mark Waid. Kingdom Come. N.Y.:D.C. Comics, 1996.

Syllabus: 

Brian P. Burke, Composition 1, Fall 2015

Course Description:

In this course, students study and practice the essentials of essay writing, with an emphasis on producing clear, correct prose.

Required Texts:

* Reading Critically, Writing Well: A Reader and Guide 10th Edition by Rise B. Axelrod, Charles R. Cooper, & Allison M. Warriner (2014). ISBN: 978-1-4576-6228-7
* Rules for Writers 7th Edition by Diana Hacker & Nancy Sommers (2012). ISBN: 978-0-312-67735-0

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