WRT 205

Course Description

WRT 205 focuses on the rhetorical strategies, practices, and conventions of critical academic researched writing.

NEW Learning Outcomes (revised and approved by the faculty in April 2015)
1. Research Writing as Situated Process
Students will recognize and act upon the ways research varies according to the situation.
2. Researching and Evaluating Sources Rhetorically
Students will develop reading strategies for invention, rhetorical engagement with sources, and critical dialogue.
3. Research Writing Within and Across Genres
Students will recognize the role genre plays in determining research forms and practices.
4. Research and Writing as Rhetorical Action
Students will understand research as itself a rhetorical action.
5. Research Writing as Social Practice
Students will analyze, reflect on, and respond to the social nature and consequences of research beyond the classroom.


OLD Learning Outcomes (Applies to semesters Fall 2013 to Spring 2015)
As writers, readers, and researchers, students will:

  1. investigate a topic of inquiry and engage the complexities (social, political, ideological, economic, and/or historical) of and current debates about that topic.
  2. learn multiple research strategies, including primary research, and deepen their knowledge of library resources to identify sources appropriate to their research.
  3. read and evaluate sources rhetorically, considering authors’ positions in relation to audiences, recognizing points of connection and difference among texts, and establishing a critical dialogue with others’ ideas.
  4. understand the role of genres, styles, and technologies in communicating with particular audiences and for specific purposes.
  5. critically examine how digital media shape all stages of the research and writing process–invention, composing, revision, delivery–and consider how the effects of digital media vary according to audience, genre, context, and purpose.
  6. engage in informal writing as part of their composing processes and produce at least two to three sustained, finished texts that respond to specific rhetorical situations.
  7. practice and produce analysis, argument, synthesis, and summary as central components of researched writing.
  8. practice the strategies of incorporating the research of others into their own texts in a variety of ways (including summary, paraphrase, quotation) and provide textual evidence of where, how, and why sources are being used.
  9. produce texts that demonstrate a nuanced understanding of and an ethical relationship with source texts and research participants.
  10. develop revision strategies that reflect an understanding of audience and rhetorical situation.
  11. edit for organization, prose style, and technical control as they produce finished texts

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