May 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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GS 1002 - Freshman Studies II

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course introduces students to the principles of report structure and professional documentation. Students are also introduced to collaborative writing strategies and given opportunities to practice this skill. College-level research strategies are introduced, with emphasis on locating appropriate sources, evaluating sources in terms of quality and bias, and citing and documenting sources correctly. Data analysis and techniques for visual representation of data to communicate meaning effectively will also be emphasized. Student research will be focused in an area related to the thematic subject matter of their particular section. Student research projects will address specific real-world problems and opportunities in a way that situates their work within the larger civic or professional context outside of the classroom. Thematic subject matter varies by instructor. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Produce professional quality documents-specifically report structure and document design
  • Access and organize information
  • Evaluate and analyze collected information
  • Communicate information, ideas, and results effectively via visual means
  • Produce coherent collaboratively written documents
  • Demonstrate expectations of responsible citizenship (civic engagement)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Rhetorical principles of technical communication
  • Principles of document design
  • Ethical considerations in technical communication
  • Report structure and organization
  • Research methods, working with both primary and secondary sources
  • Visual representation of data
  • Lectures, discussions, activities related to selected-topic subject material
  • Principles of effective slideshows and speaking/presentation strategies
  • Formal oral presentations with visual support
  • Collaborative writing strategies and practice
  • Writing workshops, including collaborative projects

Dr. Tammy Rice-Bailey

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