Course Descriptions



WRC 0203: Integrated Reading and Writing (formerly WRC 0103 Developmental Writing)

Course Description:

Integrated Reading and Writing offers students the opportunity to increase reading and writing skills before enrollment in WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I. It affords intensive practice in the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, organization, sentence structure, and use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The course also offers practical instruction in strategies for improving critical reading of academic writing, such as determining word meaning; understanding main ideas and supporting details; identifying the writer’s purpose, point of view, and intended meaning; analyzing relationships among ideas; using critical reasoning when reading; and developing study skills. It also introduces synthesis, library research, and documentation. Offered on a credit/no-credit basis, the course does not satisfy any degree requirements. It may be repeated.

Final exam: All WRC 0203 students will take a common final examination similar to the writing section of the THEA examination.

· Students who do not pass the final examination will not receive credit for the course.

· Additionally, even if students do pass the final examination, whether or not they receive credit will depend upon the quality of their class work and the requirements of the instructor.

· While faculty should use A, B, C, D, and F for grades, the final grade in Banner will appear as a CR or an NC.

· The grade of D or F constitutes an NC.

Textbooks (reviewed every two years)

McWhorter, Kathleen T. Reflections: Patterns for Reading and Writing.  Boston: Bedford/St.                     Martin’s, 2013.  Print. ISBN: 978-0-312-48688-4 ($73.50-New , $55.25-Used)

The Writing Program Student Handbook (most current edition) ($13.50)

Bullock, Richard, Michal Brody, and Francine Weinberg. The Little Seagull Handbook with                         Exercises. 2nd ed.  New York: Norton, 2014. Print. ISBN 978-0-393-93581-3                        (packaged with electronic access). ($26.75-New , $20.25)


WRC 1013: Freshman Composition I

Course Description:

Freshman Composition I focuses on developing and expressing ideas clearly and effectively to communicate with various audiences for various purposes and occasions, through written, oral, and visual venues by means of individual and team projects.  Students review principles of the writing process, including planning, logical organizational and development strategies, revision, and editing, and are introduced to rhetorical techniques (persuasion). The course develops students’ critical thinking skills through practice with summary and paraphrase, analysis, evaluation, quantitative literacy, and synthesis of multiple sources drawn from a variety of cultural and intellectual contexts.  It also offers students opportunities to engage in reflection on their work and to engage in extensive library research. Students practice ethical decision-making through responsible selection, use, and documentation of sources.

The Registrar will bill each student enrolled in this course an additional fee for writing materials.

Textbooks (reviewed every two years)

The Writing Program. Research and Composition.  4th   Custom Ed.  Boston: Longman, 2015.                 Print.  ISBN: 9781323131350

 Bullock, Richard, Michal Brody, and Francine Weinberg. The Little Seagull Handbook
            with Exercises
. 2nd ed.  New York: Norton, 2014. Print. ISBN 978-0-393-93581-3                    packaged with electronic access). ($26.75-New , $20.25-Used)

The UTSA Writing Program Student Handbook (most current edition)  ($13.50)


WRC 1023: Freshman Composition II

Course Description:

Building on the skills introduced in Freshman Composition I, Freshman Composition II focuses on persuasive communication. The courseprovides intensive writing practice in the use of logical organization and development to help students express ideas clearly and effectively, orally, visually, and in writing. Students also address varied audiences for different purposes and use different genres (e.g., essay, editorial,proposal). Freshman Composition II continues to promote ethical decision-making through responsible methods of data gathering and analysis to produce valid arguments based on factual information and effective use of sources, including quantitative data, for support. It also offers students opportunities to reflect on their work.  Students may enroll in a discipline-specific section of the course, such as anthropology, architecture, business, communication (documentaries or internet arguments), environmental science, quantitative literacy, orscience. Prerequisite: WRC 1013.

Discipline-specific classes: 

One approach to Writing across the Curriculum is a discipline-specific focus for selected WRC 1023 classes. To date, we have offerings with a focus in anthropology, business, communication (documentaries, internet arguments) engineering, environmental science, quantitative literacy, and science/pseudoscience. Faculty who teach these classes may require an additional text which addresses issues related to that discipline/topic.

 Textbooks (reviewed every two years)

Bullock, Richard, Michal Brody, and Francine Weinberg. The Little Seagull Handbook with                            Exercises . 2nd ed.  New York: Norton, 2014. Print. ISBN 978-0-393-93581-3                        (packaged with electronic access). ($26.75-New , $20.25-Used)

Ramage, John D., John C. Bean, and June Johnson. Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with                             Readings. 10th ed.  New York: Pearson Longman, 2014. Print. ISBN:                                     9781323180198($76.00)

The UTSA Writing Program Student Handbook (most current edition) ($13.50)

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