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Office of Writing Programs: English 1301

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English 1301 - Introduction to Academic Writing

Course Overview

Catalog Course Description: English 1301. Introduction to academic writing, rhetoric, rhetorical grammar, critical reading, plagiarism, academic integrity and the writing process. (3)

English 1301 introduces students to rhetorical concepts, the application of which constitutes an audience-based approach to argumentation that can be applied across writing contexts.  Students analyze scholarly and public texts for their contributions to ongoing discussions, and for their rhetorical work—their persuasive appeals to kairos, ethos, pathos, and logos—and synthesize these texts to develop and support their own perspectives.

A focus on invention—the discovery of the best available means of persuasion—calls attention to what can be argued, or the content of an argument. More specifically, it requires that students work with various types of analysis—compare and contrast, definitional analysis, and rhetorical analysis, for example. The subject of a composition, and the writer’s analytical approach, suggest the best arrangement for the composition, such as classical, Rogerian, or delayed-thesis.  

In addition to this focus on argumentation, English 1301 promotes writing as a recursive process in which revision is ongoing and means much more than surface editing; revision entails rethinking, rearticulating, and reorganizing. Grammar and style are considered rhetorical concerns. Students work with variations in voice, sentence structure, and modification to develop an academic voice with which to participate in academic argumentation. Students must submit at least one working draft of each major paper for feedback from instructors and oftentimes peers.

ENGL 1301 and the Texas Core Curriculum

English 1301 is a component of the Texas Core Curriculum, within the Foundational Component Area of Communication. Through the Texas Core Curriculum, “students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.” All courses within the core curriculum “adhere to the content description, core objectives, and semester credit hour requirements for a specific component area."

Communication Foundational Component Area Content Description       

  1. Courses in this category focus on developing ideas and expressing them clearly, considering the effect of the message, fostering understanding, and building the skills needed to communicate persuasively.
  2. Courses involve the command of oral, aural, written, and visual literacy skills that enable people to exchange messages appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
  3. The following four Core Objectives must be addressed in each course approved to fulfill this category requirement:

Critical Thinking Skills: creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information

Communication Skills: effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication

Teamwork: the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal

Personal Responsibility: the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making

English 1301 Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of English 1301, a student should be able to

  1. employ a writing process that is appropriate and effective for the specific rhetorical situation;
  2. produce a variety of written documents (e.g. essay, bibliography, email, discussion board, etc.);
  3. comprehend arguments from a variety of rhetorical genres, such as essays, articles, editorials, documentaries, etc.;
  4. develop an accurate written summary of a given text;
  5. construct a logical and persuasive analysis and/or evaluation of a given text;
  6. synthesize ideas and information from multiple texts to produce an original idea;
  7. revise writing to reflect ongoing instruction and individual feedback;
  8. select words and design sentences in a voice, style, and format rhetorically appropriate and effective for a given audience and purpose; 
  9. demonstrate proficiency in conventions of mechanics, punctuation, and grammar;
  10. propose a research project that is appropriate for the academic context.