WRIT 101 is an introduction to academic discourse. The focus of the course is on the writing process, a process that results in well-supported, thesis-driven prose. While formal argument will not be the only emphasis, the writing you will do in this course uses many of the strategies of formal arguments: a clear stance; reason, logical support; concession; refutation; authorial voice; awareness of audience; and the correct documentation of borrowed materials. Your reading assignments and class discussion will lead directly or indirectly to writing assignments, and you will be reading mature non-fiction prose.
You will write a diagnostic essay on the first day of class. This essay may provide your instructor with valuable information about your writing skills. During the course, you will be assigned at least 4000 words of graded writing, an amount which covers six essays, including a research paper and a final exam (a timed writing assignment). Some of these essays may be written in class, and most will require you to incorporate material from sources you find in the library, since the University community assumes that students leave WRIT 101 with the tools needed to document borrowed material without unintentionally plagiarizing and to understand what constitutes plagiarism and what its consequences might be. (You will complete a required library orientation as part of the class.) Your WRIT 101 teacher will design an essay exam which reflects the work you have done in the course. The exam counts from 10% to 15% of your final grade in this course.
The required texts for all WRIT 101 classes are Muriel Harris, The Prentice Hall Reference Guide to Grammar and Usage (Winthrop 3rd Custom Edition--8th edition), and an anthology of readings chosen by your instructor. We recommend that you purchase a current college-level dictionary.
Department of English - Winthrop University -
Rock Hill, SC 29733-0001 - 803-323-2171