WTAMU 2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog Course Description: English 1302: Research and Rhetoric—Prerequisite: ENGL 1301. Course builds on topics introduced in WTAMU’s ENGL 1301—fundamentals of rhetoric, rhetorical grammar, plagiarism and academic integrity—and explores claim types, the research process and documentation.
English 1302 engages students in inquiry-driven research and research-based writing. Students practice a variety of research methods as they pursue ideas and information from a variety of source-types: websites, online journals, print texts, interviews, statistical data, etc. Students analyze and synthesize their findings in order to develop a carefully supported, thesis-driven argument appropriate for the academic context.
As part of the Texas Core Curriculum, English 1302 meets the definition specified for 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.”
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 1302, a student will be able to