UCOR 101 Course Description and Learning Outcomes

UCOR 101 Description

Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum is the most important course you will take in college. Not only does this class prepare you for the writing you will be required to do over the next four years, it will also prepare you to manage your time, read critically, produce professional-quality work, and move your mindset from high school to college. There is a great deal of reading and writing in this class. Students who receive an A in this class have really earned it.

Course Learning Outcomes

Critical thinking

  1. Students will employ critical thinking in analysis of writing and in use of information in their own writing
  2. Students will distinguish between critical thinking and uncritical acceptance of received information

Rhetorical knowledge

  1. Students will use the concepts of the rhetorical triangle in the analysis of writing
  2. Students will understand the difference between an arguable claim and an unarguable claim
  3. Students will go beyond rigid conventions of high-school writing (e.g. the five-paragraph essay, prohibition of first-person voice) and select a voice and structure appropriate for the audience and rhetorical occasion

Processes and Conventions

  1. Students will construct academic papers driven by clear theses and consisting of unified, coherent, and fully developed paragraphs with ideas that contribute directly to the paper’s thesis
  2. Students will write with a focus on process rather than product, and understand the purpose of drafting both for their writing and for their critical thinking
  3. Students will learn to identify errors in standard written English that they make and how to correct those errors
  4. Students will learn to locate and use sources on the basic concepts of usage and mechanics
  5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the rhetorical importance of sentence-level issues

Research and Ethics

  1. Students will integrate appropriate secondary materials into their arguments using paraphrase, summary, and direct quotation
  2. Students will use MLA documentation and differentiate between summary, paraphrase, and quotation.
  3. Students will be able to define plagiarism, understand its significance in an academic community, and understand the consequences of plagiarizing