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Writing Subcommittee Minutes, 11/10/08

Members Present: J. Carter, N. Hinman, K. Kuipers, M. Medvetz, M. Semanoff, S. Smillie, K. Zoellner

Members Excused/Absent: H. Bruce

Ex-Officio Present:  K. Peterson, K. Ryan

Chair Hinman called the meeting to order at 2:15 p.m. 

 

The minutes from 11/3/08 were approved.

 

Communications:

  • Student member Siri Smillie, ASUM Vice President and Political Science major was welcomed to the committee. 

 

Business Items:

  • The committee discussed the review forms and made several revisions (see below).  Members are encouraged to fill out the form using one of their writing courses.  Once the forms are in use additional revisions may be required.  
  • Chair Hinman will propose a spring review schedule and circulate via email.  
  • The committee will meet again on December 1st.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:05 p.m.

Writing Course Review Form

I. General Education Review - Writing Course

Dept/Program
Subject

Course # (i.e. ENEX 200)

  

Course Title

II. Endorsement/Approvals
Complete the form and obtain signatures before submitting to Faculty Senate Office.

Please type / print name

Signature

Date

Instructor

    

Phone / Email

    

Program Chair

III Overview of the Course Purpose/ Description: Provides an introduction to the subject matter and explains course content and learning goals.

IV Learning Outcomes: Explain how each of the following learning outcomes will be achieved.

Student learning outcomes :

Use writing to learn and synthesize new concepts

 

Formulate and express opinions and ideas in writing

 

Compose written documents that are appropriate for a given audience or purpose

 

Revise written work based on constructive feedback

 

Find, evaluate, and use information effectively (see http://www.lib.umt.edu/informationliteracy/)

 

Begin to use discipline-specific writing conventions

 

Demonstrate appropriate English language usage

 

V. Writing Course Requirements Check list

Is enrollment capped at 25 students?
If not, list maximum course enrollment.  Explain how outcomes will be adequately met for this number of students.  Justify the request for variance.

o Yes o No

Are outcomes listed in the course syllabus? If not, how will students be informed of course expectations?

o Yes o No

Are expectations for Information Literacy listed in the course syllabus? If not, how will students be informed of course expectations?

o Yes o No

Are detailed requirements for all written assignments included in the course syllabus? If not how and when will students be informed of written assignments?

o Yes o No

What instructional methods will be used to teach students to write for specific audiences, purposes, and genres?

Will written assignments include an opportunity for revision?  If not, then explain how students will receive and use feedback to improve their writing ability.

o Yes o No

VI. Writing Assignments:  Please describe course assignments.  Students should be required to individually compose at least 16 pages of writing for assessment. At least 50% of the course grade should be based on students' performance on writing assignments.  Clear expression, quality, and accuracy of content are considered an integral part of the grade on any writing assignment.

Formal Graded Assignments

Informal Ungraded Assignments

VII. Syllabus: Paste syllabus below or attach and send digital copy with form. ß The syllabus should clearly describe how the above criteria are satisfied.  For assistance on syllabus preparation see:  http://teaching.berkeley.edu/bgd/syllabus.html

 

Upper-division Writing Requirement Review Form

I. General Education Review - Upper-division Writing Requirement

Dept/Program
Subject

Course # (i.e. GEOG U 315) or sequence

  

Course(s) Title

Description of the requirement if it is not a single course

II. Endorsement/Approvals
Complete the form and obtain signatures before submitting to Faculty Senate Office.

Please type / print name

Signature

Date

Instructor

    

Phone / Email

    

Program Chair

III Overview of the Course Purpose/ Description

IV Learning Outcomes: Explain how each of the following learning outcomes will be achieved.

Student learning outcomes :

Identify and pursue more sophisticated questions for academic inquiry

 

Find, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information effectively from diverse sources (see http://www.lib.umt.edu/informationliteracy/)

 

Manage multiple perspectives as appropriate

 

Recognize the purposes and needs of discipline-specific audiences and adopt the academic voice necessary for the chosen discipline

 

Use multiple drafts, revision, and editing in conducting inquiry and preparing written work

 

Follow the conventions of citation, documentation, and formal presentation appropriate to that discipline 

 

Develop competence in information technology and digital literacy

 

V. Writing Course Requirements Check list

Is enrollment capped at 25 students?
If not, list maximum course enrollment.  Explain how outcomes will be adequately met for this number of students.  Justify the request for variance.

o Yes o No

Are outcomes listed in the course syllabus? If not, how will students be informed of course expectations?

o Yes o No

Are detailed requirements for all written assignments including criteria for evaluation in the course syllabus? If not how and when will students be informed of written assignments?

o Yes o No

Briefly explain how students are provided with tools and strategies for effective writing and editing in the major.

Will written assignments include an opportunity for revision?  If not, then explain how students will receive and use feedback to improve their writing ability.

o Yes o No

Are expectations for Information Literacy listed in the course syllabus? If not, how will students be informed of course expectations?

o Yes o No

VI. Writing Assignments:  Please describe course assignments.  Students should be required to individually compose at least 20 pages of writing for assessment. At least 50% of the course grade should be based on students' performance on writing assignments.  Clear expression, quality, and accuracy of content are considered an integral part of the grade on any writing assignment.

Formal Graded Assignments

Informal Ungraded Assignments

VII. Syllabus: Paste syllabus below or attach and send digital copy with form. ß The syllabus should clearly describe how the above criteria are satisfied.  For assistance on syllabus preparation see:  http://teaching.berkeley.edu/bgd/syllabus.html

 Paste syllabus here.