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.
5 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 7, 2019 to present
Meets graduation requirements for
- Develop the skills to identify and explore a topic in an academic context.
- 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.
- Synthesize material from multiple sources to produce inter-textual writing that furthers the writer¿s own argument.
- Construct coherent, complex, and persuasive arguments.
- Choose appropriate organizational strategies to convey ideas.
- Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines.
- Demonstrate an understanding of issues related to academic integrity and ownership of information by citing and using sources appropriately.
- Discuss issues of information access and cultural inequities, such as the ethical dimensions of original research, the digital divide, and how authority is expressed and challenged.
- Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
- Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
- Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
- Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
- Construct logical and coherent arguments.
- Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.
- Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.