English 1302 Freshman Composition and Rhetori1

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English 1302 Freshman Composition and Rhetoric Fall 2013 CRN 77814, 77176, 77851, 77235 3 Credit Hours / 48 hours per semester / 5 Weeks Lecture / Core Curriculum Prerequisites: English 1301 or the equivalent YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BEING FAMILIAR WITH AND ADHERING TO THE POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS OUTLINED IN THIS DOCUMENT INSTRUCTOR : Suna Ridouane OFFICE: Spring Branch Campus, AD4A CONTACT: (713) 718-5683 [email protected] TEXT: The McGraw-Hill Handbook; Current Issues COURSE DESCRIPTION A more extensive study of the skills introduced in English 1301 with an emphasis on critical thinking, research and documentation techniques, and literary and rhetorical analysis. Prerequisite: English 1301 or satisfactory score on the CLEP Exam. Credit: 3 lecture. This is a core curriculum course. COURSE OBJECTIVES This course will provide you with the basic tools and skills essential in developing a clear, concise writing style. Upon completing the course, you will have gained an understanding of rhetorical devices, how to use them effectively and writing as a process. You will also acquire research and documentation skills that will help you in upper level courses. To excel as a writer, however, you must excel as a reader, and perhaps more importantly, as a thinker. You will develop the critical and analytical skills helpful in both academic and professional environments. In short, the skills developed in this course will enable you to express yourself clearly and effectively. You should
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also be able to critically examine different kinds of information and arrive at an informed decision or opinion based on that analysis. Further, you will learn how to articulate that opinion in writing and verbally so that it achieves the desired effect on your audience. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES 1. Apply basic principles of rhetorical analysis 2. Write essays that classify, explain, and evaluate rhetorical and literary strategies employed in argument, persuasion, and various forms of literature. 3. Identify, differentiate, integrate, and synthesize research materials into argumentative and/or analytical essays. 4. Employ appropriate documentation style and format across the spectrum of in- class and out-of-class written discourse. 5. Demonstrate library literacy. 6. Experiment in creative and reflective approaches to writing. LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1. Demonstrate the ability to coherently analyze. i.e.: divide a text into rhetorical parts, name the parts, identify examples that illustrate each part, and evaluate the contribution of each in one or more essays; 2. Apply the basic principles of critical thinking evaluation, analysis, and synthesis in written essays that persuade or argue; 3. Distinguish fact from opinion in others’ writi ngs and evaluate whether they prove their points and/or whether they can be appropriately used as sources in documented papers; 4. Research and write documented paper(s) using proper MLA style; 5. Find and evaluate library books, journals, magazines, and/or data-bases to find information on a topic or issue;
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6. Expand the scope, confidence, and creativity of written expression.
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