Course Content and Outcome Guide for WR 122 Effective Fall 2015
- Course Number:
- WR 122
- Course Title:
- English Composition
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
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- Special Fee:
Course DescriptionContinues the focus of WR 121 on academic writing as a means of inquiry with added emphasis on persuasion and argument supported by external research. Uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate original positions. Emphasizes development of writing and critical thinking through logical reasoning, rhetorical control, independent research and information literacy. Prerequisites: WR 121. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Students write 4000-7000 words of revised, final draft copy, including at least one researched paper of 1500 words or more using outside sources and documentation. Students meet with the instructor for two out-of-class conferences.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of WR122 with a C or higher,students will be able to:
1. Read closely and analytically to determine an authors purpose, perspective and use of rhetorical strategies.
2. Think critically to evaluate the reasoning and arguments of a variety of sources
3. Articulate their own position on complex topics with multiple points of view, contributing to the academic conversation through writing anddiscussion.
4. Write for a variety of clearly defined purposes, audiences and contexts with control of key rhetorical strategies
5. Write persuasive essays that demonstrate alogical development of ideas and incorporate reasonable, credible evidence in support of a thesis
6. Locate, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically to develop an informed position and encourage intellectual curiosity.
Course Activities and Design
Course Activities and Content
The Composition and Literature SAC values the autonomy of individual instructors and a diversity of approaches to its courses. The following course activities guide reflects these values. This guide is not intended to be prescriptive; it is descriptive of what we do in our classes. It is not a list of outcomes, but rather is a description of the ways we may get to the course outcomes. It describes the typical activities students may undertake in the process of working towards these outcomes Some of the items in the guide may overlap, some may contradict each other. These inconsistencies reflect the SACs inclusive approach to course content as well as the oftentimes messy and recursive process of designing a composition course.
Read closely and analytically to determine an authors purpose, perspective and use of rhetorical strategies.
- Identify and evaluate the basic structural components of written arguments including core issue, claims, support and evidence
- Recognize and evaluate the role of voice, tone, diction, syntax, figurative language, modes and other stylistic features of written arguments
Think critically to evaluate the reasoning and arguments of a variety of sources
- Evaluate the validity of evidence and relative authority of sources
- Analyze logical relationships between ideas
- Identify logical fallacies and distinguish bias and its impact on reliability
- Examine underlying assumptions of written arguments
- Distinguish between observations, inferences, fact and opinion, subjective and objective approaches
- Establish relationships among multiple sources and perspectives
Articulate their own position on complex topics with multiple points of view, contributing to the academic conversation through writing and discussion.
- Participate in class and small group discussions and activities reflectively, recognizing self as part of the academic community that contains multiple perspectives
- Assess and question personal knowledge and beliefs in the context of a open exchange of ideas.
- Take responsibility for the reliability and validity of ones positions
- Fairly and objectively weigh the experience and viewpoints of others against personal experience and assumptions
Write for a variety of clearly defined purposes, audiences and contexts with control of key rhetorical strategies
- Practice writing for a variety of different audiences, with emphasis on writing for academic audiences
- Assess an audiences knowledge, assumptions, and attitudes, and respond appropriately in writing
- Develop a sense of personal voice
- Make conscious choices about ones purpose in writing and how best to accomplish it
- Balance awareness of ones own biases and assumptions with those of ones audience
- Revise to incorporate feedback from readers and respond to readers needs
- Work through multiple drafts to refine purpose and rhetorical moves
Write persuasive essays that demonstrate a logical development of ideas and incorporate reasonable, credible evidence in support of a thesis
- Write with internal coherence, developing clear relationships between ideas
- Thoroughly develop and support an argumentative thesis or claim
- Develop ideas completely, to their logical conclusion
- Incorporate multiple perspectives, balancing personal assumptions and knowledge with an objective presentation of other points of view.
- Work through multiple drafts to develop central ideas and effective supporting evidence
Locate, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically to develop an informed position and encourage intellectual curiosity.
- Use library resources, online databases and the internet to locate information and evidence
- Summarize, paraphrase and quote sources in a way that clearly maintains control of the writers purpose and voice
- Create a bibliography and provide in-text documentation using discipline appropriate documentation style
- Develop the organizational skills to pursue an in-depth research and writing project
- Use research actively as a process of independent inquiry and in service of argument rather than passive report.
- Avoid plagiarism
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Instructors assess students using
responses to assigned texts
In addition instructors may assess students using
Attendance policies vary with instructors: Students missing a weeks worth of classes may not expect and A; those missing two weeks worth may not pass the course.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
The text(s) for the course is chosen by the individual instructor. Some instructors choose a textbook designed for composition courses, others use novels, nonfiction, and/or their own coursepacks.