1UNIV 112: Focused Inquiry II Fall 2012Instructor: Larry WilliamsEmail: [email protected]Office Location: Harris Hall 5th Floor #5138Office Phone: 300-9261 (my cell so use it sparingly)Office Hours: MWF mornings 11am-noon or by appointmentCourse Goals: As (typically) the second part of a two-semester course sequence, UNIV 112 (Focused Inquiry II) is designed to 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 will provide you with practice in timed writing, textual analysis, and researched argumentative writing. This practice will prepare you for the types of writing you will encounter and be expected to produce throughout your university career (and beyond, really). 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 andrespond 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, and evaluate texts based on appropriate evidence. The course will require you to think critically, write, and revise across genres, to critically examine the construction and themes of a novel, and to effectively persuade an audience using effective argumentation and research. By the end of the class, you will produce work that reflects your ability to appropriately frame writing according to both
2purpose and audience. More specifically, you will be expected to connect your own ideas to academically relevant ideas, narrow your topics to an academic focus, determine the appropriateness of evidence for a given audience, analyze and synthesize multiple texts, construct an argument based on scholarly evidence, organize your writing for an academic audience, and correct mechanical problems in your writing. This last bit about “grammar” or “mechanics” is at the end for good reason. You are in college now, so no one is going to teach you “Grammar” ever again. What that also means is that it’s YOUR JOB to get the writing into shape by revising. Most grammatical/mechanical problems exist because the writer simply needs to take more time, revise more thoughtfully, and care enough to “fix” what’s wrong.