Course Outline

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Outcome 1: Analyze college-level texts to distinguish motivation, structure, and cohesiveness of argument.


  1. Describe audience and purpose
  2. Articulate the thesis in a text
  3. Outline the structure (main and supporting points) of texts
  4. Distinguish between fact and opinion
  5. Recognize bias in texts
  6. Differentiate between valid and invalid evidence and support
  7. Identify elements of style in texts
  8. Identify major rhetorical modes
  9. Summarize texts

Outcome 2: Demonstrate the ability to locate, select, and organize material from a variety of electronic and hard copy sources.


  1. Develop a research plan
  2. Distinguish between primary and secondary sources
  3. Locate information using library (Learning Commons), electronic and hard copy sources and/or by conducting primary research
  4. Select materials based on topical relevance
  5. Organize research materials
  6. Document sources using one of the standard formats (APA or MLA)

Outcome 3: Write organized, unified and coherent texts using correct grammar, mechanics, diction, and a standard documentation style.


  1. Define characteristics of organized, unified and coherent writing
  2. Identify common grammatical errors
  3. Identify common mechanical errors in writing
  4. Identify diction appropriate to audience and purpose
  5. Cite evidence and support according to one documentation style
  6. Employ pre-writing strategies to form ideas
  7. Draft a preliminary text in response to a topic
  8. Rewrite draft texts to reflect unity and coherence
  9. Edit for grammatical and mechanical correctness, appropriate diction, and standard documentation style

Outcome 4: Create informative and persuasive texts in which the main points are supported by appropriate evidence.


  1. Distinguish between informative and persuasive writing
  2. Differentiate between summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting directly
  3. Identify effective use of summaries, paraphrases, and direct quotations
  4. Formulate a thesis based on multiple sources of information
  5. Select relevant, appropriate, and compelling evidence to support a thesis
  6. Incorporate summaries, paraphrases, and direct quotations
  7. Interpret information and data to support thesis


Week Topic Chapter or Reference In-class work,  Test or Assignment
2 – Introduction to Course
– Diagnostic
– Introduction
– Who’s Lying Now?
E-mail Assignment (5%) – Due next class.
3 Plagiarism
Analyzing Texts: References
Diagnostic feedback and Self-assessment
– Plagiarism
– Facts, Citations and Sources
In-class: creating in-text citations and reference list.
4 – Analyzing Texts:
Summarisation, paraphrasing, quoting.
Structure &  Evidence
– Writing Process: Ideas to Draft
– I read the news today, oh boySummarisation
Reference/Summary (10%) – Due next class.
In-class: creating summaries
5 – Analyzing Texts:  Style & Evidence
– Writing Process:
– The outline
-Process writing
– Reading Studies & Statistics
– Outlining
Outline (15%) – Due next class.
In-class – exercise in outlining.
6 – Writing Process:  Editing and Revision
-Cause and Effect
-Grammar/Mechanics/ Style
– The editing process
Editing (10%) – Due next class.
In-class: exercise in editing
7 – Rhetorical Modes
-Informational vs. Persuasive Writing
-Grammar/Mechanics/ Style
– Writing a Proposal Discussion of essay topics.
Proposal (10%) – Due next class.
In-class: exercise in creating a proposal.


8 -Informational vs. Persuasive
– Research skills: search strategies
Special Presentation – possible guest speaker.
– Becoming the Authority

9 – Research skills: evaluating and interpreting Powerpoint:
– Logical fallacies

10 Library class (TBA) (Depends on where it falls.)  1st Draft of essay (10%) – Due next class.
In-class: exercise in creating a draft.
11 -Integrate research to support thesis
-Citing evidence
– Audience awareness and personal style
In-class: working on revisions
12 – Exam preparation and review In-class: writing under duress.
13 Final exam
Final Exam:  (20%)
14 Final essay due Final Essay Due (20%)

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