Writing 465 Guidelines & Rubrics
WRIT 465 focuses on the
preparation of oral and written reports appropriate in business or government.
It is one of a small number of Winthrop courses that have both the writing intensive and
oral communication designations. Most of us who teach this course find it
rewarding because students are usually excited about and committed to the
projects they pursue. We have also found that classroom workshops,
frequent conferences, group work, and peer editing are very effective techniques
to use with these students. A notebook of useful WRIT 465 materials is
available in the Writing Center.
have junior status and must have passed CRTW 201 with a C- or better in order to
take WRIT 465. Any sophomores on your rolls should be told to drop the
course, unless they can prove that they actually have junior status.
of Writing Assignment
assignment is a semester-long project (usually a feasibility study). Written
components of the project MUST include:
-- letter of inquiry
-- survey or questionnaire
-- audience analysis
-- progress report
-- the formal report or
Other documents covered in the course SHOULD include:
-- instructions (may be a
-- technical description
-- technical abstract
-- application letter
In addition, students should
learn to access technological data. They should learn to use email and to
access and use internet sources. Students should use PowerPoint to present
their final projects. Students should also learn to interpret and
design various types of graphics and to integrate them into written text.
Types of Oral Communication
At least three
graded oral presentations are required in WRIT 465, and you must provide
students with detailed instruction on oral communication skills. Oral
presentations may include such assignments as "how-to" demonstrations, progress
reports, and group reports. A formal oral report on the major project is
required. Students should gain experience preparing and using visual
aids for these oral reports.
You should provide written
feedback to students about their oral presentations, and peer evaluation should
also be included.
Research and Documentation
Students should gain
experience gathering information from library and non-library sources, including
interviews and surveys. If your students need more advanced instruction
about library materials, you will have to provide such instruction.
learn an appropriate form of documentation. Please spend some time discussing
the correct use of borrowed information, for students may not remember the MLA
format used in WRIT 101 and 102, or you may want them to use another form of
documentation. Review with them the college-wide policy on academic dishonesty.
available in a number of campus computer labs.
Students must provide their own disks for the computers, and they must apply for
a computer account in Tillman 015. All WRIT 465 documents
should be typed or processed on a computer.
of correctness should be applied in WRIT 465. For example, in order to receive
a C, a document should be relatively error-free and acceptable for use in
business or government. Documents may be revised for a new grade, but you
should establish a revision policy to be included in your syllabus. You must
review a draft of the major project before it is revised for a grade.
The rubrics for WRIT 465 written and
oral communication are found at
Any textbook used in this
course must be approved by
Dr. Gregg Hecimovich.
When you have drawn up your
syllabi, please give one copy to Carol Schlabach.
All syllabi must also be archived electronically for accreditation purposes.
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