Introduction to College Writing
This course is designed for students who may not have recently taken a college-level writing course or who have been placed in the class as a result of the writing assessment. Students write short essays and work on developing and organizing ideas, composing well-structured paragraphs, and writing clear sentences.
Prerequisite: Placement on the writing assessment offered by Diagnostic Services. This course cannot be used to meet any general education requirement.
- Analyze the effects of individual writing choices.
- Apply conventions of Standard Written English to writing.
- Appraise own and others' work in writing.
- Devise and refine paper topics through extended inquiry.
- Edit so that grammar, punctuation, style, spelling and mechanics choices enhance rather than distract from the writing.
- Effectively utilize available word processing technologies to draft and save text.
- Employ college-level pre-writing, drafting, and revision strategies.
- Engage the instructor constructively about assessment.
- Identify the denotative and connotative meanings of words.
- Incorporate instructor and peer comments into writing.
- Listen and contribute in group situations.
- Measure the effectiveness of practices as readers and writers.
- Organize writing around a controlling idea, or thesis.
- Question the meaning of assigned texts, and discuss text constructively in class.
- Seek clarification about assignments when necessary.
- Understand and effectively respond to assignments as given.