English 1301 - Introduction to Academic Writing
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.
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."
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
Upon successful completion of English 1301, a student should be able to