1UNIV 112--FOCUSEDINQUIRYII: SPRING2017Instructor: Dr. Zachary Hilpert | Email: [email protected] | Office Location: 5184 Harris HallOffice Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30-1:30 and 3:30-5:00, and by appointmentCourse GoalsAs 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 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. Core Curriculum Skill AreasCritical ThinkingContinue 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 ProficiencyCreate formal and informal pieces of writing in a variety of genres, to include timed, analytical, and ethical reasoning argumentCollaborative LearningContinue to work with peers on group assignments, projects, and classroom activities; practice peer response to writing assignmentsOral CommunicationContinue to build communication skills through active participation inclass discussions and formal presentationsInformation FluencyRetrieve information through VCU libraries, evaluate source reliability, and critically read and respond to textsEthical and Civic ResponsibilityConsider multiple ethical points of view; apply methods of ethical reasoning to texts and arguments Quantitative LiteracyEvaluate 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 narrow your topics to an academic focus, analyze single texts, analyze and synthesize multiple texts, construct an argument based on ethicalreasoning 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: Unit I: Experience/Culture/TextUnit II: Text/ContextUnit III: Context/Argument
2Required Course MaterialsYou are responsible for having access to all these materials. Copies of course texts are available on reserve at Cabell Library.