I. Catalog Course Description
Studies expository writing with special attention to the modes, arrangement and style. Students learn to write essays which are unified, thorough, clear and convincing. Students read essays to augment critical reading skills. They learn the research, reasoning and organizational skills necessary for effective academic and research writing.
II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program
The purpose of this course is to provide instruction in the procedures and skills necessary to write clear and effective college-level prose for the academic environment. The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.
Students who pass this course must demonstrate they can:
- Approach writing as a process.
- Present substantially error-free prose suitable in style and content to the purpose of the document and the audience (GenEd 2).
- Establish a thesis about a contemporary or enduring social issue and support the claim with appropriate reasoning and evidence (GenEd 6).
- Locate, evaluate, and correctly use information from multiple, appropriate resources to complete an argumentative research paper (GenEd 4).
- Write quality essays and assignments that demonstrate knowledge of either the Modern Language Association [MLA] or the American Psychological Association’s [APA] style manual (GenEd 2).