Metropolitan State University

WRIT 531 : Advanced Writing

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal EL - General Education/Liberal Studies Elect.
This course focuses on the theory and practice of writing across genres. The course examines what genre is and why its an important concept for those who seek flexibility and versatility as writers. Students create a complex project of some length that incorporates a variety of genres to communicate a message. In addition, the course focuses on prose style, including practice in imitation, use of rhetorical devices, sentence and paragraph variety, and many other topics. Additional assignments include a multimedia project.
B. Course Effective Dates: 09/06/1999 - 08/16/2012 08/17/2012 - 05/05/2015 05/06/2015 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills and application of theoretical issues of writing.
  2. Able to provide substantive peer review feedback.
  3. Advanced information-gathering skills and ability to evaluate information sources.
  4. Advanced understanding of strategies and conventions of reading and writing.
  5. Advanced understanding of variations in genres.
  6. Confidence in writing process at an advanced level.
  7. Control of written voice or style.
  8. Understand writing as a search for meaning.
  9. Use of multiple revisions in writing process.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
Goal EL - General Education/Liberal Studies Elect.
G. Special Information
Prerequisite: A 4-credit 300-level writing course or instructor's consent.
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