WLCP.course.outlines - Copy.pdf - Course Outline Course Name Written Communication Course Number WRT 098 Credits 3 Rationale WRT 098 is designed as a

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Course Outline Course Name: Written Communication Course Number: WRT 098 Credits: 3 Rationale: WRT 098 is designed as a refresher for students who enter the university with an insufficient command of writing fundamentals. This course focuses on sentences as building blocks of paragraphs and paragraphs as building blocks of essays. By the end of the semester, students should be writing sentences that are free of most of the basic grammar errors, paragraphs that are unified and coherent, and short essays with a clear central idea. The change in title better reflects the content of the course and eliminates the stigma attached to the words “basic” and/or “remedial.” Description: This course focuses on sentences as building blocks of paragraphs and paragraphs as building blocks of essays. By the end of the semester, students should be writing sentences that are free of most of the basic grammar errors, paragraphs that are unified and coherent, and short essays with a clear central idea. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement. Learning Outcomes/Objectives: After completing this course, students should be able to: Demonstrate awareness of writing as a process Write error-free, somewhat elegant sentences Write short, well-developed, unified essays Demonstrate an improvement in vocabulary Understand the relationship between writing and critical thinking Assessment: This course will be assessed regularly using a combination of three direct measures: 1) holistic scoring of a sampling of initial and final writing samples using a rubric based on learning outcomes for this course and generally accepted outcomes for first-year writing as outlined by the Council of Writing Program Administrators; 2) holistic assessment of a sampling of portfolios to ensure that students are learning writing as a process and are completing a wide variety of writing projects; and 3) holistic assessment of final projects using a rubric based on learning outcomes for this course and generally accepted outcomes for first-year writing as outlined by the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Topical Outline I. Topic: The primary purpose of this course is to review and practice the fundamentals of written communication. Because effective writing instruction does not occur in a vacuum, the instructor will select short related readings designed to provide students with material about which to write and respond. These readings, however, should be in the service of practiced writing and should not dominate the course. Ideally, these readings will center on a theme chosen by the instructor or by students individually. For example, an instructor may choose “survival” as a theme and ask students to write about and/or
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respond to short selections in The New York Times , or ask students to pick an individual theme for the semester (“survival” or “war,” for example), collect sample articles from The New York Times, and respond to them in writing.
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