CLOs for Composition II

The Department of Rhetoric and Writing has adapted the following outcomes for composition courses from the outcome statements of the Council for Writing Program Administrators. Course objectives are also aligned with the UALR General Education Core Curriculum and Core Competencies. The program conducts assessments of student portfolios every semester to ensure we are following the following guidelines. By the end of the course, students should be able to:

A. Demonstrate advanced rhetorical ability by completing texts that offer structured analytical arguments with claims supported by evidence. (E.g., rhetorical analysis, visual analysis, opinion-editorial piece, thesis-driven essay.)

B. Demonstrate control over style and voice in different contexts through manipulation of the mechanical aspects of language (grammar, punctuation, usage, spelling.)

C. Revise and reflect on all major projects [at least 3] effectively, based on instructor feedback, peer review, and self-assessment. (E.g., evidence of improvement on global & local issues plus a substantial reflection essay.)

D. Produce at least one final draft that effectively uses electronic and print sources from a range of publication types in the support of structured academic arguments. (E.g., a source-based essay of extended length, using sources located through library databases.)

E. Effectively use different software programs and applications to compose and revise documents in different modes and mediums. (E.g., an e-portfolio site or blog with working links that is eye-friendly, readable, and navigable.)

F. Demonstrate control and agency over genres by producing a sequence of related assignments across professional, public, and non-essay genres. (E.g., portfolio contains sustained engagement with a research topic through a press release, an opinion-editorial essay, and a design for a billboard ad or PSA.)