Writing, Speaking,
and Argument Program

Undergraduate

Learning Goals and Outcome Criteria for Primary Writing Requirement Courses

WRT 103 & 104, WRT 105, WRT 105E, WRT 105A/B - View PDF version - View Word version

Across all academic communities, writing, speaking, and argument enable us to discover, develop, test, and communicate our ideas. The Primary Writing Requirement courses familiarize students with key principles and strategies for developing as successful communicators across different modes and academic contexts. The criteria below hold up the foundational knowledge and processes that support ongoing growth as academic communicators. They articulate key aspects of composing processes and of academic compositions. This is because process is part of product. At the same time, in many contexts, our product alone represents not only our message, but also us.

To distinguish process-oriented objectives from product-oriented criteria, the sub-heading “the composition” separates out grading criteria for the formal compositions. All other learning objectives correspond to the writer’s awareness of composition knowledge and composing processes. Work related to these objectives is integrated throughout the course; it is not assessed with letter grades so that students have the freedom to try out and reflect on different approaches.

Critical Awareness of One’s Writing Situation

Through reflections, the writer

The composition

Effective Writing Process

Through a variety of assignments, the writer

Effective Process for Engaging Sources

The writer

The composition

Strength of Argument

The writer

The composition

Structure

The writer

The composition

Language Use

The writer

The composition