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Course Goals

Rhetorical Knowledge

   Students will be able to:
  • Understand and use the concepts of purpose, audience, and rhetorical situation in their writing;
  • Understand and apply key rhetorical terms, including rhetor, exigence, kairos, identification, extrinsic proof, intrinsic proof, situated ethos, invented ethos, pathos, logos, and enthymeme in their writing;
  • Demonstrate rhetorical awareness pertaining to the conventions of Academic English by using appropriate tone, style, format, and structure in their writing.

Inquiry & Research

   Students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate information literacy skills by finding and evaluating a variety of source materials;
  • Demonstrate critical reading skills by summarizing, paraphrasing, analyzing, and synthesizing information from a variety of source materials in their writing;
  • Formulate viable research questions, hypothesis, and conclusions;
  • Understand the extent and nature of the sources needed to meet rhetorical goals within a specific writing situation;
  • Learn how to participate ethically and responsibly in the inquiry and research process.


Writing Craft

   Students will be able to:
  • Assess accurately the strengths and weaknesses of their own writing and develop individual plans for revision and improvement;
  • Understand and enact revision as substantive change;
  • Identify and address "higher-order concerns" in their writing and others';
  • Identify and address "lower-order concerns" in their wriring and others'.
Digital Literacy

   Students will be able to:
  • Use a variety of technology tools to collaborate, compose, and revise;
  • Use a variety of digital and multimedia sources crtically;
  • Understand that images, sounds, and animations - in addition to words - constitute the building blocks of 21st century communication.