Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Description
Instructor
Sinckler, Robin
Discipline and Number
RHET 1302 Section 504
Day
TR Time 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Rhetoric

Description of Course:

RHET 1302 will prepare you for college-level writing while helping you develop your critical thinking skills. Rhetoric is the study and practice of how people communicate with audiences, not only in writing and speech, but also through visual and digital media. In this class, you will develop skills to analyze the way rhetoric, in its various forms, addresses audiences. By paying attention to the strategies that good writers use to address their readers, you will learn to reason better and to persuade others in your own writing, both through rhetorical appeals and through analysis of audience and purpose that is at the heart of the study of rhetoric. Practically speaking, you will also learn skills that you can use in your future course work regardless of your major.

Required Texts:

Gooch, John, and Seyler, Dorothy. Argument!. Second edition REVISED. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2015. ISBN-13:978-1-259-74111-1.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

General Education Core Objectives
-Communication skills - Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
-Critical thinking skills - Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
-Teamwork - Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
-Personal responsibility - Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Student Learning Objectives for RHET 1302
-Communication skills - Students will be able to engage processes and use skills to enhance their written communication skills by completing essay assignments.
-Critical thinking skills - Students will be able to engage processes and use skills to enhance their written communication skills by completing essay assignments.
-Teamwork - Students will be able to collaborate effectively in peer reviews of their written essay drafts.
-Personal responsibility - Students will be able to apply ethical principles for synthesizing research and documenting sources for their written essays.

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