WRITING 110 Syllabus
Course Description and Learning Objectives
WRIT 110 exceeds the Harpur Writing (W) requirement by requiring students to submit at least 15 pages of formal, written work. Throughout the semester, students will learn and practice skills that will make them more capable and confident college-level writers. They will plan, draft, and substantially revise their work for submission in a final process portfolio, which will be evaluated both on the quality of its final products, and on improvement shown throughout the semester. Students will also engage in many informal written assignments, peer review exercises, critical reading activities, and research assignments, all aimed at improving skills and developing confidence. By the end of the term, students who successfully complete this course should demonstrate the ability to
- Critically read a variety of texts in multiple genres, and analyze the effectiveness of the rhetorical choices made in these texts, to aid them in making effective rhetorical choices in their own writing.
- Write and revise a variety of texts in multiple genres and for a variety of audiences and purposes.
- Improve their writing in response to feedback provided by peers and by the instructor, and provide constructive feedback to peers so that they may do the same.
- Engage in the process of academic research, by finding and evaluating appropriate sources for a given writing task using BU library resources, critically reading and drawing from sources to support their own ideas, citing sources both in-text and at the end-of-text using the conventions of MLA style, and integrating sources appropriately by summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting, while avoiding plagiarism.
- Revise globally and edit locally, with an awareness of how to improve larger rhetorical features, and an awareness of how to conform to the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and spelling.