Rhetorical Knowledge and Judgment

At the end of WRIT 150, students should understand how to

  • Discover genuine issues and focus on significant purposes in their writing
  • See writing as an interaction between the writer and reader and recognize how to meet the reader’s needs
  • Assess different rhetorical situations and respond in a manner that maintains the integrity of one’s own point of view
  • Identify and use conventions appropriate to the rhetorical situation (e.g., citation conventions in various disciplines)

Critical Reasoning and Ethical Inquiry

At the end of WRIT 150, students should be able to

  • Use writing as a tool of discovery to facilitate genuine inquiry, creativity, personal learning, independent thinking, and compelling communication
  • Integrate their own ideas with those of others (establishing their own authority while appropriately employing outside sources) to both understand and enter scholarly discussions
  • Interrogate assumptions that underlie personal, social, and cultural beliefs
  • Understand the epistemic and ethical uses of writing and critical reasoning in the creation of meaning and knowledge

The Craft and Processes of Writing

At the end of WRIT 150, students should

  • Understand the function of the writing process in terms of creating and completing a successful text
  • Develop multiple tools and flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading texts
  • Understand the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes, but also the individual’s responsibility in terms of authorship of the finished product
  • Be able to critique their own and others’ works
  • Identify the components of their own writing styles while experimenting with diverse styles

Grammatical and Genre Conventions

At the end of WRIT 150, students should

  • Understand common formats for different kinds of texts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of genre conventions ranging from structure and paragraphing to tone and mechanics
  • Be familiar with the appropriate means of documenting their work
  • Understand the crucial importance of controlling surface features such as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling