WRA 110 – Writing: Science and Technology Monday and Wednesday: 10:20 A.M. – 12:10 P.M.214 Ernst Bessey HallMichigan State University Fall 2012
Instructor: Dr. Christie L. DanielsOffice: 251 Bessey HallPhone: 355-2400 (messages only)Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice Hours: MW 3:30-5:30 P.M. and additionally by appointment.Course Description:
As part of the general education requirement, First-Year Writing contributes to the Michigan StateUniversity mission by focusing on inquiry-based teaching and learning that encourages students tobegin to understand themselves as:
contributing members of MSU’s community of scholars
committed to asking important questions and to seeking rich responses to those questions
developing skills, knowledge, and attitudes that improve the quality of life for self and others through scholarly, social, and professional activities.In pursuit of these goals, Tier I Writing and Preparation for College Writing courses engage studentsin writing and reflection activities that make overt the ways that invention, arrangement, revision, styleand delivery literacy activities:
can be engaged across inquiry situations (scholarly, social, and professional)
require the development of knowledge about the importance of contextual factors that affect the application of these methods of inquiryOur shared learning outcomes support inquiry-based learning that transfers across writing situationsin relation to three major issues: writing, reading, and researching.
Our Course Section:
Our section of WRA 110 will focus on the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that successfully enhancewriting, reading, and researching in higher education in America. Some course materials have beenpre-selected to support this goal and focus us on the shared learning outcomes for the First-YearWriting Program at MSU. Specifically, we will be looking at issues and concepts dealing with digital technology and visual rhetoric to think about what we know about literacy, how we know what we know,and how we can engage and enhance our literacies through deep explorations of what things mean. Ilook forward to working with you this semester. We all have some shared and some different literacyexperiences, strengths and weaknesses; please remember to be respectful of the other members of this class as we support one another this semester. Specific learning objectives for each assignmentappear on individual assignments sheet.
The Little, Brown Compact Handbook.
(MSU customized version) Boston: Pearson.2010.Ballenger, Bruce.
The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers.
ed. Boston:Pearson. 2011.Pfeiffer, William and Kaye Adkins.
Technical Communication: A Practical Approach 8
Boston:Prentice Hall. 2013