WRTG Course Listing

Introduction to Writing (WRTG 101S, 3 Credits)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Practice in effective writing and clear thinking at all levels, including the sentence and paragraph, with emphasis on the essay and the integration of research into one's writing. An intensive review of grammar is provided. Focus is on organizing, developing, and writing academic essays. The goal is to apply specific steps within the writing process, including formulating purpose, identifying an audience, selecting and using research resources and methods of development, and completing other rhetorical tasks. Revision and recursive writing practice are emphasized and encouraged. Assignments include a comparison-contrast analysis, a cause-effect analysis, a research-supported essay, and a final reflective paper. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 101, ENGL 101X, WRTG 100, WRTG 101, WRTG 101S, or WRTG 101X.

Introduction to Writing (WRTG 101X, 3 Credits)

(Formerly ENGL 101X. Enrollment restricted to students for whom English is not a first language.) Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on a placement test or EDCP 103. Practice in effective writing and clear thinking at all levels, including the sentence and paragraph, with emphasis on the essay and research report. Specific steps reviewed within the writing process include formulating purpose, identifying an audience, and selecting and using research resources and methods of development. Assignments include composing a total of at least 4,500 words (approximately 20 pages). Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 101, ENGL 101X, WRTG 101, or WRTG 101X.

Academic Writing I (WRTG 111, 3 Credits)

(The first course in the two-course series WRTG 111– WRTG 112. Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) An introduction to reading, writing, and critical thinking in an academic setting. The goal is to practice strategies for understanding academic texts and for developing one's ideas in relation to those texts. Focus is on writing thesis-driven essays that incorporate ideas and information from sources and demonstrate critical thinking, proper attribution, and effective language use. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: WRTG 100A, WRTG 111, or WRTG 111X.

Academic Writing II (WRTG 112, 3 Credits)

(The second course in the two-course series WRTG 111– WRTG 112. Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Continued practice in reading, writing, and critical thinking with an emphasis on research and argumentation. The goal is to implement strategies for analyzing ideas and rhetorical techniques in academic texts and for conducting academic research. Focus is on writing an argumentative research paper that synthesizes information and ideas from multiple sources and demonstrates critical thinking, varied rhetorical strategies, proper source documentation, and effective language use. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 101, ENGL 101X, WRTG 101, WRTG 101S, WRTG 101X, WRTG 112, or WRTG 112X.

Research Writing (WRTG 291, 3 Credits)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Prerequisite: WRTG 112 or WRTG 101. Continued practice in critical reading, thinking, and writing skills. The objective is to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize diverse sources and viewpoints to develop persuasive and academic writing projects. Assignments include prewriting exercises, an annotated bibliography, a synthesis research essay, and a reflective paper. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 291, ENGL 291H, or WRTG 291.

Introduction to Professional Writing (WRTG 293, 3 Credits)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Prerequisite: WRTG 112, WRTG 101, or WRTG 101S. An overview of professional writing. The goal is to analyze professional communication scenarios to develop effective workplace writing. Topics include the standards, conventions, and technologies of professional writing; communicating to a variety of audiences; and developing appropriate written responses to workplace challenges. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 293, ENGL 293, or WRTG 293.

Advanced Research Writing (WRTG 391, 3 Credits)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in upper-level advanced writing.) Prerequisite: WRTG 112, WRTG 101, or WRTG 101S. Instruction and practice in academic research skills. The objective is to critically analyze scholarly and other credible sources and effectively integrate source material into a complex argument. Emphasis is placed on synthesizing multiple sources in producing a literature review on a focused topic. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 391, ENGL 391X, WRTG 391, or WRTG 391X.

Advanced Technical Writing (WRTG 393, 3 Credits)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in upper-level advanced writing.) Prerequisite: WRTG 112 or WRTG 101. Recommended: WRTG 291 or WRTG 293. A comprehensive, project-based study of applied technical writing. The aim is to design and develop appropriate and effective technical documents using strategies and technologies for a variety of audiences. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 393/393X, ENGL 393/393X, or WRTG 393/393X.

Advanced Business Writing (WRTG 394, 3 Credits)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in upper-level advanced writing). Prerequisite: WRTG 112, WRTG 101, or WRTG 101S. A comprehensive, project-based study of applied business writing. The aim is to develop documents appropriate to audience and purpose that are well-argued and conform to standards for business writing. Topics include context, purpose, audience, style, organization, format, results, technologies, and strategies for persuasion in typical workplace messages. In addition to shorter assignments, a substantial formal report that incorporates research and support for conclusions or recommendations is required. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 394/394X, ENGL 394/394X, or WRTG 394/394X.

Workplace Learning in Writing (WRTG 486A, 3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 9 credits in the discipline and prior program approval (requirements detailed online at www.umuc.edu/wkpl). The integration of discipline-specific knowledge with new experiences in the work environment. Tasks include completing a series of academic assignments that parallel work experiences.

Workplace Learning in Writing (WRTG 486B, 6 Credits)

Prerequisites: 9 credits in the discipline and prior program approval (requirements detailed online at www.umuc.edu/wkpl). The integration of discipline-specific knowledge with new experiences in the work environment. Tasks include completing a series of academic assignments that parallel work experiences.