1100 Sample Course Calendars

Writing 1100 will look different as it moves across campus.  Below, you'll find four possible iterations of the course.  All adhere to the shared outcomes and standards for 1100, but each fulfills them as appropriate to the discipline housing the course.

A Humanities Section of 1100
In this section of 1100, students work primarily with textual criticism and produce a research paper that offers a close read of a work.

Week 1    Informal writing: responses to the reading

Week 2    Draft of first paper, receives feedback

Week 3    Paper 1: incorporates one primary and one secondary source, 4 pages, receives feedback

Week 4    Library session on beginning research; Draft of paper 2

Week 5    Paper 2: Genre analysis of article in field, 4 pages, receives feedback

Week 6    Proposal for final paper, receives feedback

Week 7    Library session on gathering and evaluating research; Annotated Bibliography for final paper

Week 8    Literature review for final paper, 2 pages, receives feedback

Week 9    Presentations of final papers, students give written feedback to peers

Week 10  In-class workshops of final papers

Finals      Final Paper due, 8 pages

In this course, the students have a piece of polished, final draft prose due weeks 3, 5, 8, and 10.  The other weeks are informal pieces that work toward these polished pages.  The library visits twice—weeks 4 and 7—to assist in gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing research.  The final project begins week 6, where the student evaluates what he’s accomplished the first five weeks of the course and writes a proposal detailing where to go next.  The final five weeks of the course are devoted to the research paper, the sequence of assignments guarding against plagiarism while also encouraging students to begin their research early.  The presentations week 9 can be five minutes of speaking with five minutes of feedback, and to do well on the presentation, the student will have to have narrowed her research question and agenda while also finding a way to present it to peers not immediately invested in the project, which is a good skill for a researcher of any field to have.

A Social Science Section of 1100
In this section of 1100, students pay close attention to research methodology and then develop their own project in response.

Week 1    Analysis of article using Case Study methodology, receives feedback

Week 2    Analysis of article using survey methodology

Week 3    Analysis of article using experiment methodology

Week 4    Paper 1: synthesis of 3 articles, 2 pages, receives feedback

Week 5    informal writing on possible topics

Week 6    Library session on beginning research

Week 7    Annotated Bibliography, 4 pages

Week 8    Research proposal, 3 pages, receives feedback

Week 9    Library session on synthesizing research; Literature review

Week 10  peer review of research papers

Finals      Research paper due, 10 pages

In this course, the students have a piece of polished, final draft prose due weeks 4, 7, 8, and finals week.  During the first three weeks of the quarter, students read three different articles on the same subject, each employing a different research method (case study, survey, experiment).  Each week students write an analysis of the article and its method.  Since students will repeat this assignment two more times, the first one receives feedback to guide their subsequent writing.  Week 4 students synthesize the three articles, which prepares them to write a literature review in their final project.  In week 5 they begin thinking toward a final project.  Librarians visit the course twice, in weeks 6 and 9, to assist with research.  Students write a research proposal week 8 that draws upon their annotated bibliography, followed by a literature review in week 9, all of which feed into the research paper due at the end of the term.

A Technical Writing Section of 1100
In this section of 1100, students write a series of smaller papers rather than a larger project.

Week 1    Informal in-class writing

Week 2    Library session on evaluating research; Article review and critique, 2 pages

Week 3    Informal in-class writing

Week 4    Library session on gathering sources; Annotated Bibliography, 2 pages

Week 5    Library session on synthesizing sources; Analysis, 1 page

Week 6    Memo due, 1 page

Week 7    Cover Letter, 1 page

Week 8    Instructions, 2 pages

Week 9    Proposal, including Specifications, 5 pages

Week 10  Revision of selected pieces for portfolio

Finals      Portfolio of selected projects accompanied by reflection essay

After a visit by the Librarians early in week 2 to discuss evaluating sources, students write an analytical critique of an article provided by the professor.  In week 4 students begin gathering sources and write an annotated bibliography, with another session from the Library.  Starting week 5, students will revisit the same subject matter weekly, writing about for a different audience in a different genre each week.  Week 5 is a one-page analysis of the literature written for engineering colleagues.  Week 6 is a memo that moves through the research quickly and presents it in an easy-to-digest form.  Week 7 is a cover letter aimed at clients, using the research to argue for a course of action.  Week 8 is a set of instructions for some technical aspect covered in the literature.  Week 9 is highly technical: a proposal accompanied by specs for a project the students would like to design.  In week 10 students revise a handful of these documents for inclusion in an end-of-the-quarter portfolio.  Each of these assignments could go through revision before submitted (i.e. a peer review on Wednesday, final draft on Friday), and then be revised a second time for the final portfolio.

A STEM Section of 1100
In this section of 1100, students write regularly in preparation for, during, and after, a lab.

Week 1    Analysis of pop culture texts

Week 2    Library session on evaluating research; Analysis of scientific texts

Week 3    Annotated bibliography, 3 pages, receives feedback

Week 4    Library session on citation; Review of pop culture and scientific texts, 3 pages, receives feedback

Week 5    Informal writing in preparation for lab

Week 6    Methods, 1 page, receives feedback

Week 7    The Lab; Informal writing: diary of lab work

Week 8    Revision of Methods based on what happened in lab

Week 9    Graph of data from lab, 1 page, receives feedback

Week 10  Abstract, Introduction, Discussion, 4 pages, receives feedback

Finals      Final lab report, 4 pages

In this course, students begin reading pop culture texts on a scientific problem.  They then shift to reading scientific texts on the same problem.  In week 3 they write annotations of all these texts, and in week 4 they write a review essay of both the scientific and the pop culture texts.  The librarians visit early in the course to discuss evaluating research and again to discuss citation.  The second half of the course builds toward a lab, with students writing a piece of the lab report each week.  Week 6 has them writing a methods section for what will happen in the lab.  Week 7 is the lab itself, and in week 8 students revise their method paper based on what actually happened in the lab.  Week 9 is devoted to visual texts, and students learn to communicate their findings through graphs and charts.  In week 10, students write the final components of their lab: its abstract, introduction, discussion, and conclusion.  The final paper for the project is a lab report, one that is 6 weeks in the making will have gone through substantial revision.