{Checklist of C Course Requirements}

Words of Wisdom

What a writer can do, what a fiction writer or a poet or an essay writer can do is re-engage people with their own humanity.

— Barbara Kingsolver

This checklist is meant to guide in the preparation of the proposal for a C course.
 
  • Does not allow undergraduate aides to grade more than 10% of the writing portion of the final grade.
  • Does not allow undergraduate aides to grade more than 10% of the writing or public speaking portion of the final grade.
  • Is not included in the Core Curriculum Communications requirements.
  • Is worth at least one credit.
  • Requires writing and public speaking significant to and essential for the major. (As a guideline, the name of the major appears in the course title, the course figures into the GPR for the major, or the course is part of a College Core Curriculum.) The C course is integral to and prepared specifically for the major. Assignned writing or speaking are of the type students will encounter in their academic careers or in the workplace.
  • Has a reasonable instructor-to-student ratio (no greater than 1:25) to ensure course quality. The ratio is determined by including the instructor/s plus any aides, graduate or undergraduate as instructors. If a higher ratio is proposed, the committee will require compelling evidence that it will not adversely affect course quality.
  • Ensures all aides, graduate and undergraduate, are appropriately monitored and supervised.
  • Requires that students pass the writing and public speaking components and specifies so on the syllabus. (The W & C Course Advisory Committee wants to prevent the case where a student might get credit for a graduation requirement in writing or speaking without actually writing.)‚Äč 
  • Bases a substantial percentage of the final course grade on written products or public speaking performances. Resumes and related materials can be included only if they are specific to the major. Essay examinations can be included only if they are take-home with time to draft and revise. Oral presentation slides, handouts, scripts, web sites, and posters which accompany an oral presentation may count as writing. These percentages should be based on finished, written products or speaking performances, or on drafts. Although drafts are encouraged, they need not be graded; if they are graded, they can count for up to 50% of any assignment. The percentages listed below represent the minimum required percentage of the final course grade.
    • 1-credit course: 70%
    • 2-credit course: 50%
    • 3-credit course: 33%
    • 4-credit course: 25%
    • 5-credit course: 20%
  • Does not allow undergraduates aides to grade more that 10% of the writing or speaking portion contributing to the final grade.
  • Assigns at least 1250 words (five pages, double-spaced) of graded, finished writing and 5 minutes of public speaking. Drafts cannot be counted in this total.
  • Includes some instruction in writing and in public speaking. Instruction can be defined as, but is not limited to, providing opportunities for practice, providing and discussing models, conducting workshop classes, and lecturing on rhetorical forms or principles. Some instruction may occur outside of class as homework, but in-class is instruction recommended.
  • Provides some formative feedback on both writing and speaking, preferably on major projects in progress. Formative feedback gives students an opportunity to improve and is structured so that students may use it to revise final drafts or improve performance. It is not simply comments on finished and graded papers or on a rubric filled in during a final presentation. For public speaking, formative feedback can include comments on practice performances, on notes or outlines of a performance, or on slides.
 
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