ChS 113B - Class 13855
Approaches to University Writing (mandatory co-requisite:
Supplemental Instruction Leader: George Zavala
(3 Units plus 1 unit
EPT score of 120-141.
This course is designed to develop expository prose writing with a focus
on both content and form. Specific emphases shall include the exercise of
logical thought and clear expression, the development of effective organizational
strategies, and the appropriate collection and use of evidence. The course
includes instruction on diction, syntax, and grammar, as well as the elements
of prose style. Students receive credit for only one (1) course chosen from
CHS, ENGL, and
PAS. Students in ChS 113
must also be enrolled in University 062 (one unit of credit) for supplemental
instruction. Individual tutoring is available through the
Chicana/o Studies Writing and Tutoring Lab, JR 142, or the
Learning Resources Center in Bayramian
Regular meetings are Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:00 to 9:15 am from Jan
23 to May 8, except Apr 1 (César Chavez Holiday) and Apr 8-13 (Spring Break).
There is no final exam.
JR117 (8:00 to 9:15 am)
SI sessions (9:30 to
Throughout the course, students will engage in writing as a recursive
process that includes developing ideas, drafting, and revising writing.
As they read and analyze multicultural materials, including fiction, creative
non-fiction, and scholarly articles, as well as multimedia materials such
as films, lectures, presentations, etc., students will:
- Demonstrate competency in university writing by organizing and presenting
material clearly. Students will write persuasively and logically using
the conventions of edited American English, but with attention to contextualizing
students’ home languages vis-à-vis Standard American English.
- Use rhetorical strategies in their writing, such as an appeal to
audience, argumentation, persuasion, and logic.
- Find scholarly evidence to develop their ideas.
- Demonstrate the ability to use the university library and its online
resources and to document their sources using one of the standard documentation
styles, such as MLA.
Students will learn to use academic style guides such as
will demonstrate their ability to use conventions of format, structure,
style, and language appropriate to the purpose of an essay.
- Use academic technology, such as
and employ library tools to help them with their research, such as the
extensive collection of library databases and research tools.
- Demonstrate their understanding of and adherence to rules of academic
honesty in presenting written work.
Departmental Student Learning Outcomes:
This course will address the following Chicana/o Studies Department Measurable
Student Learning Outcomes:
- SLO 1. Demonstrate an ability to think critically,
analytically, and creatively about the Chicana/o experience in the local
and global society.
- SLO 2. Demonstrate competency in oral, written,
and research skills.
- SLO 3. Acquire the leadership skills that will
promote social change in Chicana/o communities and the broader society.
Rights and Responsibilities:
Students must familiarize themselves with information in the University
course catalog appendices that deal with their rights and responsibilities:
- Rights: The University's nondiscrimination policies
address disability (Appendix
D-3), sexual assault and rape (D-5),
sexual harassment (D-7),
and complaint procedures (D-9).
- Responsibilities: Refer to the student conduct
E-1) and academic dishonesty policy (E-2).