College: Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: Biological & Agricultural Engineering
REPORT ON RECERTIFICATION OF W COURSE: AGSM 439
We recommend that AGSM 439 Management of Agricultural Systems I be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (1/19 to 1/23). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria: 1) Percentage of final grade is based on writing quality: 81.5; 2) Assigned writing is appropriate to major; 3) Total number of words: 3000; 4) Instructor to student ratio: 1:23.
Since original certification, the course has not changed significantly. Writing assignments include a scaffolded series of assignments leading up to a collaboratively written paper; each students writes one of these four sections individually, for 33.3% of their grade and 2000 words. The sections include project definition; background research; flow analysis/selection analysis; economic analysis; risk analysis/implementation plan. Students also individually write a project definition and a description for a second project. Formative feedback is given through peer review and meetings with the instructor. Lectures are given on writing style, samples are reviewed, and students learn to write in a team.