This course combines a focus on research writing and information literacy. Students will explore critical issues about information literacy and learn practical step-by-step techniques for discerning and analyzing information resources, including online databases and World Wide Web sites. Students learn strategies to critically analyze a variety of texts and essays; to understand how audience and social/cultural factors shape writing; and to research, evaluate, interpret, paraphrase, quote and summarize texts. Students write and revise several papers and critique the work of other students.
- Develop the skills to identify and explore a topic in an academic context.
- Distinguish between various rhetorical situations and choose appropriate content, evidence, and style for a particular audience.
- Identify and apply the appropriate search strategies and tools to locate relevant information.
- Critically evaluate information within the context and purpose for which it was created.
- Demonstrate an understanding of issues related to academic integrity and ownership of information by citing and using sources appropriately.
- Synthesize material from multiple sources to produce inter-textual writing that furthers the writers own argument.
- Construct coherent, complex, and persuasive arguments.
- Choose appropriate organizational strategies to convey ideas.
- Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines.