Learning Outcomes for College Writing I (WRIT 101)

The Outcomes Statement for College Writing I describes the common knowledge, skills, and attitudes sought for students in WRIT 101 at the University of Montana.

Rhetorical Knowledge

By the end of first-year composition, students should be able to do the following:

  • Focus on a purpose appropriate to different writing situations, including different audiences
  • Write in multiple genres with an awareness of how genres shape reading and writing situations
  • Use specialized language from the discipline of composition to support learning

Critical Thinking, Reading, Research, and Writing Processes

By the end of first-year composition, students should be able to do the following:

Critical Thinking

  • Engage in inquiry as a means of learning, particularly by using strategies like exploration, explanation, evaluation, and reflection as interrelated means of inquiry
  • Understand the collaborative and social aspects of learning
  • Appreciate the challenges of communicating effectively across differences

Reading, Research, and Writing Process

  • Develop multiple, flexible strategies for writing, particularly inventing, drafting, and copyediting
  • Learn to give and receive feedback on written texts
  • Understand reading as a recursive transaction between a reader and a text
  • Understand research as a process of gathering, assessing, interpreting, and using different data to compose texts
  • Use a variety of technologies to facilitate research and drafting

Knowledge of Conventions

By the end of first-year composition, students should be able to do the following:

  • Use documentation appropriately and demonstrate an understanding of the logic of citation systems, especially MLA
  • Control punctuation, grammar, syntax, and spelling