WRIT 232

Research Writing and Information Literacy

5 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 7, 2019 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

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.

Learning outcomes

General

  • 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 writers 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.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 1: Communication

  • 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.