EN-120b Expository Writing II

Course Description:
This course focuses on improving students’ research, pre-writing, expository writing, and critical thinking skills. The course will provide the students with the basic skills necessary to write research-supported papers in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.

  • This course also meets PLO #(s) 2 of Liberal Arts program.
  • Prerequisite Courses: EN 120a

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):
The student will be able to:
1. Enrich and deepen his or her self-knowledge by exploring different academic experiences.
2. Articulate and understand their experiences through effective writing, reading, speaking and various modes of artistic expression.
3. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and basic skills appropriate to their personal and professional goals in their chosen area of specialization.

 

B. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - GENERAL:
The student will be able to:
1. Investigate research topics in a variety of disciplines.
2. Write research-supported papers in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
3. Establish and defend a position in an argumentative research paper.


SLO

PLO1

PLO2

PLO3

1

 

IDM

 

2

 

IDM

 

3

 

IDM

 

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - SPECIFIC:
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1. Investigate research topics in a variety of disciplines.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

    • Locate and select appropriate, high-quality source materials by:
  • Interviewing experts.
  • Searching the Internet.
  • Using the library for print materials.
  • Viewing visual media/multimedia.
  • Conducting surveys and/or observational field research.

Compose questions for interviews, conduct interviews, and submit summaries of interviews.
Research and document information found online in bibliographies and papers.

Attend library presentations on locating and requesting sources. Complete online tutorials on locating and requesting sources.

View and properly reference visual media/multimedia.
Compose and conduct small-scale surveys and/or observational research.

1.2 Distinguish primary and secondary sources.

Distinguish primary and secondary sources on a quiz or handout. Bring sources to class for classification and evaluation.

1.3 Discriminate facts from opinions.

Discriminate facts from opinions on a handout, quiz, or through a class/group discussion as measured by a discussion rubric.

1.4 Conduct preliminary research to narrow a broad subject to a specific assignment topic.

Submit prewriting notes. Compiled and edited annotated bibliographies.

General SLO 2. Write research-supported papers in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1 Demonstrate note-taking strategies to compile information from a variety of sources.

Research notes for evaluation following a checklist/rubric.

2.2 Prepare outlines and/or utilize similar planning tools.

Submit outlines and/or graphic organizers for evaluation following a rubric/checklist.

2.3 Develop research thesis and/or hypothesis.

Submit thesis for evaluation following a prescribed rubric.

2.4 Define plagiarism and take the steps necessary to avoid it.

Complete handouts or quizzes on plagiarism. Scrutinize drafts using a checklist or flow chart.

2.5 Summarize source texts.

Summarizing and referencing activities/class work of source texts in handouts, essays, and research papers.

2.6 Paraphrase source texts.

Paraphrasing and referencing activities of source texts in handouts, essays, and research papers.

2.7 Synthesize ideas gleaned from a variety of sources, along with their own opinions, into cogent prose.

Student exercises and papers that synthesize ideas from several sources in handouts, essays, and research papers.

2.8 Format formal papers utilizing the MLA style.

Submitted papers as assessed by an MLA format checklist.

2.9 Utilize the MLA documentation style to formally acknowledge sources. This will consist of brief parenthetical citations within the text that are keyed to an alphabetical list of works that appear at the end of the paper.

Submitted papers with citations and a works cited page in MLA format.

2.10 Write samples of a wide variety of rhetorical patterns.

Submitted essays and research papers using various rhetorical patterns following prescribed rubric for each pattern.

2.11 Revise as necessary to produce written work predominately free from grammatical and mechanical errors.

Submitted drafts for peer review and instructor evaluation as assessed by a revision checklist.

2.12 Produce three substantive research papers that demonstrate the skills identified in outcomes 2.1-2.11 in each of the areas of humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Three research papers which follow a prescribed rubric in the areas of humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

General SLO 3. Establish and defend a position in an argumentative research paper.

Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Engage in concession and refutation of specific ideas to develop a thoughtful response to controversial material.

An argumentative research paper as assessed by a rubric.

D. COURSE CONTENT
Rhetorical patterns
Research methods
Summarizing, paraphrasing, and note-taking skills
Outlining
Thesis development and argumentation
MLA format

E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

  • Lecture, group discussion, online activities, and guest lectures.

F. REQURIED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
Fawcett, Susan. Evergreen: a guide to writing with readings. 10th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Print.


G. REFERENCE MATERIALS
None

H. INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

J. EVALUATION
None

J. CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

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