UNIV 112 Spring 2017 Syllabus.docx - 1 UNIV 112-FOCUSED INQUIRY II SPRING 2017 Instructor Dr Zachary Hilpert | Email [email protected] | Office Location

UNIV 112 Spring 2017 Syllabus.docx - 1 UNIV 112-FOCUSED...

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1 UNIV 112--F OCUSED I NQUIRY II: S PRING 2017 Instructor: Dr. Zachary Hilpert | Email: [email protected] | Office Location: 5184 Harris Hall Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30-1:30 and 3:30-5:00, and by appointment Course 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 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 Areas 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 evidence Writing Proficiency Create formal and informal pieces of writing in a variety of genres, to include timed, 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: Unit I: Experience/Culture/Text Unit II: Text/Context Unit III: Context/Argument
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2 Required Course Materials You are responsible for having access to all these materials. Copies of course texts are available on reserve at Cabell Library.
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