First-Year Composition Courses

 

B WRIT 132 Interdisciplinary Writing Stretch I (5)

Extends B WRIT 134 over two quarters. Provides an extended experience at working with reading and writing. Must complete both B WRIT 132 and B WRIT 133 for composition graduation credit.
 


B WRIT 133 Interdisciplinary Writing Stretch II (5)

Extends B WRIT 134 over two quarters. Provides an extended experience at working with reading and writing. Must complete both B WRIT 132 and B WRIT 133 for composition graduation credit. Prerequisite: B WRIT 132.
 


B WRIT 134 Interdisciplinary Writing (5) C

This courses offers an interdisciplinary approach to composition, including generating a compelling topic; the articulation of a thesis; the development of supporting evidence; the ability to draw conclusions from the evidence, clear organization of the essay, correct mechanics; awareness of audience, and knowledge of resources for research. By the end of B CUSP 134, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies outlined by the Council of Writing Program Administrators:

Rhetorical Knowledge

  • focus on a purpose, respond to the needs of different audiences and respond appropriately to different kinds of rhetorical situations

  • use conventions of format and structure appropriate to the rhetorical situation and adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality

  • understand how genres shape reading and writing and write in several genres

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing

  • use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating

  • understand a writing assignment as a series of tasks, including finding, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources
  • integrate your own ideas with those of others and understand the relationships among language, knowledge, and power

Composing Processes

  • be aware that it usually takes multiple drafts to create and complete a successful text and develop flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proof-reading and understand writing as an open process that permits writers to use later invention and re-thinking to revise your work
  • understand the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes and learn to critique your own and others' works
  • learn to balance the advantages of relying on others with the responsibility of doing your part

Knowledge of Conventions

  • learn common formats for different kinds of texts
  • develop knowledge of genre conventions ranging from structure and paragraphing to tone and mechanics, and practice appropriate means of documenting your work
  • control such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Composing in Electronic Environments

  • use electronic environments for drafting, reviewing, revising, editing, and sharing texts and understand and exploit the differences in the rhetorical strategies and in the affordances available for both print and electronic composing processes and texts

During the quarter, B WRIT 134 students can expect to do the following:

  • complete a minimum of 10-12 pages of revised, finished, and polished writing
  • compose frequent short pieces inside and outside of class that reinforce critical reading processes and thoughtful composing processes
  • compose 3-5 revised essays that focus on inquiry, analysis, argument, and/or synthesis and use sources appropriately and ethically
  • submit and receive feedback on writing, especially during the early stages of a project
  • actively participate in discussion, group work, presentation, and collaboration and engage with and value the ideas of others in your composing processes and in class
  • participate in peer revision activities and incorporate peer feedback before submitting final versions of essay
  • reflect on writing, reading, thinking, and projects

 


B WRIT 135 Research Writing (5) C 

This course strengthens performance of college-level argumentative writing and scholarly research, critical reading and thinking, and the critique and the creation of print and new media texts. Prerequisite: B CUSP 134. By the end of B CUSP 135, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • select and continually refine a research topic, question or problem using appropriate sources
  • develop and support claims with valid evidence and contribute new insights to existing academic conversations or lines of inquiry
  • use academic library resources to develop research strategies, including the ability to identify keywords and perform search queries, recognize relevant resources/tools, and collect and evaluate information
  • identify primary and secondary sources and articulate the difference between primary and secondary research methods
  • plan, organize and compose a focused research project
  • quote, summarize and paraphrase from texts and to produce appropriate documentation of sources
  • effectively present research to a specific audience
  • assess one’s research process through engaged self-reflection and peer critique

During the quarter, B WRIT 135 students can expect to do the following:

  • complete a minimum of 10-15 pages of revised, finished, and polished writing
  • compose frequent short pieces that reinforce critical research processes and thoughtful composing processes
  • use appropriate technologies to research, write, and present work
  • complete a research project
  • actively participate in discussion, group work, presentation and collaboration
  • engage with and value the ideas of others in the research and composing process and in class
  • participate in peer revision activities and incorporate peer feedback before submitting final work
  • use sources appropriately and ethically
  • reflect on research, writing, reading, thinking and projects
     

B WRIT 137 Writing Studio (2)

Develops strategies for improving academic writing. Focuses on interpreting assignments, developing rhetorical awareness, applying self-assessment, and improving revision. Credit/no-credit only.

During the quarter, B WRIT 137 students can expect to do the following:

  • identify strengths and challenges in writing
  • give and receive productive feedback on writing
  • revise and develop writing
  • work with peers on writing