Learning Outcomes for College Writing II (WRIT 201)

Below are the rhetorical knowledges; critical thinking, reading, research, and writing processes; and knowledge of conventions we ask students to understand, use, and appreciate in order to write with a sense of civic and academic responsibility in Advanced Composition.

Rhetorical Knowledge

By the end of advanced composition, students should be able to do the following:

  • Understand the relationship of rhetoric and writing to participation in academic and civic discourses
  • Understand the art of argumentation and have the ability to join academic, disciplinary, and civic conversations as a writer and reader
  • Write in multiple academic genres with an awareness of how genres shape and are shaped by reading and writing situations and disciplinary contexts
  • Have a consciousness of and maintain fluency with rhetorical decision-making as an important part of composing texts

Critical Thinking, Reading, Research, and Writing Processes

By the end of advanced composition, students should be able to do the following:

  • Practice argumentation as a means of critical thinking, or in other words, "ask pertinent questions, recognize and define problems, identify the arguments on all sides of an issue, search for and use relevant data, and arrive in the end at carefully reasoned judgments" (Derek Curtis Bok)
  • Understand and use rhetorical reading, analysis, and criticism as a means of interpreting and composing texts
  • Engage in information literacy as a means of invention, assessment, synthesis, and creative problem-solving
  • Appreciate the challenges of living with diversity and communicating effectively across differences
  • Use a variety of technologies to facilitate research, writing, communication, and document design
  • Enact collaborative and social aspects of learning with ease

Knowledge of Conventions

By the end of advanced composition, students should be able to do the following:

  • Understand the logic of genre conventions and documentation systems
  • Understand style, including ornamentation, appropriateness, clarity, and correctness, as a rhetorical decision based on the interrelationships of readers, writers, and texts in specific genres and contexts