Download Course Outline in Word format: FALL 2011 – COMM1007 – FINAL COURSE OUTLINE.
Outcome 1: Analyze college-level texts to distinguish motivation, structure, and cohesiveness of argument.
- Describe audience and purpose
- Articulate the thesis in a text
- Outline the structure (main and supporting points) of texts
- Distinguish between fact and opinion
- Recognize bias in texts
- Differentiate between valid and invalid evidence and support
- Identify elements of style in texts
- Identify major rhetorical modes
- Summarize texts
Outcome 2: Demonstrate the ability to locate, select, and organize material from a variety of electronic and hard copy sources.
- Develop a research plan
- Distinguish between primary and secondary sources
- Locate information using library (Learning Commons), electronic and hard copy sources and/or by conducting primary research
- Select materials based on topical relevance
- Organize research materials
- 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.
- Define characteristics of organized, unified and coherent writing
- Identify common grammatical errors
- Identify common mechanical errors in writing
- Identify diction appropriate to audience and purpose
- Cite evidence and support according to one documentation style
- Employ pre-writing strategies to form ideas
- Draft a preliminary text in response to a topic
- Rewrite draft texts to reflect unity and coherence
- 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.
- Distinguish between informative and persuasive writing
- Differentiate between summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting directly
- Identify effective use of summaries, paraphrases, and direct quotations
- Formulate a thesis based on multiple sources of information
- Select relevant, appropriate, and compelling evidence to support a thesis
- Incorporate summaries, paraphrases, and direct quotations
- Interpret information and data to support thesis
|Week||Topic||Chapter or Reference||In-class work, Test or Assignment|
|2||– Introduction to Course
– Who’s Lying Now?
|E-mail Assignment (5%) – Due next class.|
Analyzing Texts: References
Diagnostic feedback and Self-assessment
– 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
– Reading Studies & Statistics
|Outline (15%) – Due next class.
In-class – exercise in outlining.
|6||– Writing Process: Editing and Revision
-Cause and Effect
– The editing process
|Editing (10%) – Due next class.
In-class: exercise in editing
|7||– Rhetorical Modes
-Informational vs. Persuasive Writing
– 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
– Audience awareness and personal style
|In-class: working on revisions|
|12||– Exam preparation and review||In-class: writing under duress.|
Final Exam: (20%)
|14||Final essay due||Final Essay Due (20%)|