The First Year Writing Program offers several courses that meet students' core curriculum writing requirement. Students generally meet the requirement by taking one or two courses in the first year. Entering students complete the Writing Course Finder, a survey which asks them to reflect on their writing experiences and their goals and then choose among the program's course options.
For the latest course information and course descriptions please consult the UMass Lowell Undergraduate online Catalog. See course purpose and objectives below for the following courses:
Course Purpose and Objectives:
In College Writing I, we study and practice academic writing. Students will extend and develop their rhetorical knowledge, and apply that knowledge through regular informal and formal writing. By generating writing that aims to respond, explain, analyze, critique, interpret, and synthesize, students will learn to engage audiences for a variety of purposes in a range of contexts. In this student-centered course, writers will hone their craft. Approaching writing as a process of pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading, students will enhance the clarity and expression of their ideas. Students will exit with an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses as writers; successful completion of this course will prepare students for the research writing they will begin to practice in CWII. All students completing College Writing I will produce four formal essays during the course of the semester, working toward the following learning outcomes:
Course Purpose and Objectives:
In College Writing II, we study and practice academic research writing. Students will apply their rhetorical knowledge in the context of academic research through regular informal and formal writing. Students will generate and pursue complex theses through purpose-driven, process-based writing that engages audiences and integrates research. In this workshop course, writers will develop effective research habits and become familiar with the standards of academic research writing. Students will exit with an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses as writers and researchers; successful completion of this course will prepare students to meet the writing challenges they will encounter throughout their academic careers and beyond.
Building upon the skills acquired in College Writing I, students completing College Writing II will produce four formal, researched essays during the course of the semester, working toward the following learning outcomes:;
Course Purpose andObjectives:
A workshop course that thoroughly explores the writing process from pre-writing to revision, with an emphasis on critical reading, essay structure, mechanics, and academic integrity. Students will read, conduct rhetorical analyses, and practice the skills required for participation in academic discourse. Students will write expository essays throughout the semester, producing four formal essays. This four-credit version of the course provides extra time and guidance each week for critical reading, sentence-level work, and revision.
The learning objectives for this course include the following:
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