{Checklist of C Course Requirements}

Words of Wisdom

I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss—you can’t do it alone.

— John Cheever

This checklist is meant to guide in the preparation of the proposal for a C course.
 
  • 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. Writing or speaking assignments are of the type students will encounter in their academic careers or in the workplace.
  • Has a reasonable instructor-to-student ratio (1:25) to ensure course quality. The ratio is determined by including the instructor/s plus any aides, graduate or undergraduate, on the instructor side. In cases where a higher ratio may be proposed, the committee will ask for compelling evidence that it will not adversely affect course quality.
  • Ensures all aides, graduate and undergraduate, are appropriately monitored and supervised.
  • Requires that students must 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 receive an A in 67% of the course but neglect the 33% that requires writing and speaking. This student, if she passed, would get credit for a graduation requirement in communication without actually writing or doing public speaking.)
  • Bases a significant percentage of the final course grade on written products or public speaking performances. Resumes and related materials must be specific to the major. Essay examinations must be 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. While drafts are encouraged, they do not have to be graded; if they are graded, they can be counted 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%
  • While collaborative work is encouraged, requirements for both writing and speaking must be met by each individual student.
  • Does not allow undergraduate aides to grade more than 10% of the writing or public speaking portion of 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, not just the assignment of writing or public speaking with comments on finished products. Instruction can be defined as, but is not limited to, providing opportunities for practice, providing feedback, providing and discussing models, conducting peer response or 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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