UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II: Spring 2016
Instructor: Jennifer Selman Email: [email protected] Office Location: Harris Hall 5152 Office Hours: Monday 12-3; Thursday 11-12
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 multimodal analysis, textual analysis and synthesis, 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 academic arguments that make sound claims and support conclusions with appropriate evidence Writing Proficiency : create formal and informal pieces of writing in a variety of genres, to include multimodal, analytical, and ethical reasoning argument 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 formal presentations Information Fluency : retrieve information through VCU Libraries, evaluate source reliability, and critically read and respond to texts Ethical and Civic Responsibility : consider multiple ethical points of view; apply methods of ethical reasoning to texts and arguments Quantitative Literacy : evaluate quantitative information when used as evidence
In 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 narrow your topics to an academic focus, analyze single texts, analyze and synthesize multiple texts, construct an argument based on ethical reasoning and scholarly evidence which contends with counter-arguments, shape your ideas for an academic audience, correct mechanical problems in your writing, and cite sources appropriately.
UNIV 112 is divided up into three theoretically and thematically connected units. These units are:
Experience/Culture/Text Text/Context Context/Argument
Required Course Materials
You must have these materials to be successful in this class. They are available at campus bookstores. If you are having financial difficulties, a limited number of copies of course