ENG 200 - Writing Seminar II
ENG 200 - Writing Seminar II - 3 credit hours
Pre-requisite: ENG 100
ENG 200, the second-year writing seminar, is designed for students who completed ENG 100 in their first year at UD. This course is a variable theme composition course focused on academic reading and writing as well as research and argumentation. In this course, students should further develop their reading, writing, research, and critical thinking abilities as they come into contact with the ways that at least three disciplines engage a particular theme. In addition, by studying scholarship across disciplines students should develop rhetorical awareness about the arguments, approaches, and other conventions of these disciplines. Students should also develop a process approach to writing such that by the end of the course it has become the process that they use for all of their writing at the University.Top
ENG 200 Student Learning Outcomes
Although ENG 200 is a course within the Common Academic Program, it is not a course within the Humanities Commons. That is because ENG 200 is taught only to second-year students. As a result it includes most but not all of the outcomes included in ENG 200H.
Upon completion of ENG 200, students should be able to:
- Write about primary and secondary texts on the course theme in a manner that reflects the ability to read critically;
- Engage in a process approach to writing college-level prose;
- Produce rhetorically effective college-level expository prose;
- Produce well researched academic arguments and appeals that are documented in accordance with the MLA style manual;
- Examine one topic from at least three disciplinary perspectives;
- Examine one topic with attention to differences such as race, class, gender, and/or sexuality.
Reading and Textbooks
All sections of ENG 200 are required to use the following handbook: Lunsford, Andrea. The Everyday Writer. 4th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010. Print.In addition to the handbook, faculty are required to assign scholarly readings from each of the three disciplines through which the course theme is explored. Top
Informal Writing Assignments
A Diagnostic Essay: All students are required to write a brief (1-2 page) diagnostic essay in response to a prompt of the instructor’s choosing. The diagnostic essay may be written inside or outside of class but should be collected by the instructor no later than the second class meeting.
The primary purpose of the diagnostic essay is to give the instructor a sense of students’ writing abilities early in the course so that the instructor can teach as effectively as possible to each class. If a student’s diagnostic essay suggests strongly that they have been placed in the wrong composition course, contact Susan Trollinger. Individual placement issues should not be discussed with students.
Formal Writing AssignmentsIn addition to the diagnostic essay, students must write at least four formal essays totaling at least 18 pages of university-level prose (not counting revisions). One of these formal writing assignments must involve significant library research including the use of Roesch Library catalog and databases. The remaining formal writing assignments may take a variety of appropriate forms of college-level prose and should be designed as well as sequenced to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes for this course.Top
To enable students to achieve the outcome related to research and documentation, ENG 200 requires that all students produce at least one formal essay that depends upon significant library research, which is to be conducted through Roesch Library. That being the case, all sections of ENG 200 are required to visit Roesch during the course of the semester for instruction provided by one of the Roesch Library instructional faculty. To set up this instructional session, contact the LTC at 229-4259.The ideal time to schedule a library session is after students have determined their research topics and before the formal writing assignment is due. Top
ENG 200 Information Literacy Outcomes
Upon completion of a library session for ENG 200, students should be able to:
- Locate popular and scholarly sources through online catalogs (UD, OhioLINK);
- Use appropriate limiters within these resources;
- Interpret results correctly in the online catalogs;
- Recognize online databases and understand their usefulness;
- Locate popular and scholarly sources through online databases.