WR 115W - Introduction to College Writing: Workplace Emphasis
This course introduces students to the expectations of workplace reading, writing, and project management. Students will be introduced to rhetorical concepts and engage in a collaborative writing process to produce projects with a variety of purposes and audiences across multiple genres. Projects may include job letters, memos, technical reports, and other documents and multimodal projects drawn from students’ chosen fields. Students will produce 2000-2500 words of revised, final draft copy or appropriate multimodal analogs for this amount of text; at least one of the projects will incorporate source material and practice attribution conventions. This course fulfills writing requirements for some Lane programs. Note: This three-credit writing course will count as a prerequisite for WR 121 at Lane only. Students who plan to transfer should be aware that most other colleges and universities in Oregon will not accept WR 115W as a prerequisite for WR 121.
Prerequisite: A letter grade of C- or better, or Pass, in WR 093 or WR 097 , or placement test.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. The Writing Situation (audience & purpose):
a. Understand the importance of target audience, purpose and point of view.
b. Focus each writing on a unifying thesis idea that summarizes the writer’s intent or position.
c. Develop each writing through carefully crafted organizing patterns, clear coherence devices, and credible supporting evidence.
d. Make stylistic decisions appropriate to the subject, situation, and audience.
2. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing:
a. Have developed critical thinking skills through pre-drafting, writing, feedback from peers, and frequent revising as well as through close examination of student and professional writing.
b. Understand what it means to choose words, sentences, paragraphs, and formats that serve a specific audience, situation, and communications purpose.
c. Write logically constructed essays and related assignments based on varying rhetorical approaches, including inductive and deductive reasoning.
d. Develop problem-solving abilities.
3. The Writing Process:
a. Understand writing as a series of stages—beginning with pre-drafting and ending with proofreading.
b. Work with other writers to critique and revise his/her own work and the work of others.
c. Develop confidence in his/her writing voices as s/he learns strategies for communications situations.
d. Assess his/her own writing strengths and weaknesses.
4. Writing Skills and Conventions:
a. Express ideas clearly, concisely, and carefully in forms compatible with success in the workplace and in WR 121 (in Edited Standard Written English).
b. Show competence in grammar, usage, and punctuation.
c. Know and use appropriate formatting styles.
d. Know how to acknowledge courses and avoid plagiarism.
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