1UNIV 112--Focused Inquiry II: Spring 2014Instructor: Stephanie RizziEmail: [email protected]Office Location: Harris Hall, Room 5176Office Phone: 804-827-3611Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4Course Goals: As the second part of a two-semester course sequence, UNIV 112 (Focused Inquiry II) will help you to improve your writing skills while continuing work on your critical thinking, ethical reasoning, collaboration, oral communication, and information fluency skills. UNIV 112 is designed to provide you with practice in timed writing, textual analysis, and argumentative writing supported by ethical reasoning. This practice will prepare you for the types of writing you will encounter and be expected to produce throughout your university career (and perhaps even beyond). Like UNIV 111, UNIV 112 applies the notion of the "spiral curriculum" in that you build your skills by repeating key concepts and adding to the complexity of those concepts with each subsequent unit. Critical Thinking: continue to apply critical thinking to texts and ideas, with a specific focus on analyzing and creating arguments that make sound claims and support conclusions with appropriate evidenceWriting Proficiency: create formal and informal pieces of writing in a variety of genres,to include timed, analytical, and argumentative Collaborative Learning: continue to work with peers on group assignments, projects and classroom activities; practice peer response to writing assignments Oral Communication: continue to build communication skills through active participation in class discussions and presentationsInformation Fluency: retrieve information, evaluate source reliability, critically read and respond to texts through relevant summary and synthesisEthical and Civic Responsibility: consider multiple points of view and moral judgments; apply methods of ethical reasoning to texts and argumentsQuantitative Literacy: evaluate quantitative information when used as evidenceIn UNIV 112, you will continue to develop your ability to interpret, analyze, evaluate, and infer based on appropriate evidence. The course will emphasize writing, revising, and proofreading. By the end of the class, you will produce work that reflects your ability to appropriately frame writing according to both purpose and audience. More specifically, you will be equipped to
2connect your own ideas to academically relevant ideas, narrow your topics to an academic focus,determine the appropriateness of evidence for a given audience, analyze single texts, analyze andsynthesize multiple texts, construct an argument based on ethical reasoning and scholarly evidence, organize your writing for an academic audience, and correct mechanical problems in your writing.