CO302: Writing Online - Course Description

Prerequisite: CO150: College Composition

CO302 Writing Online focuses on the analysis and production of texts that are written and read only in electronic formats (e.g., hypertexts, sites on the World Wide Web, Internet discussion groups and forums, and electronic mail). In this course, students will explore the rhetorical and cultural contexts in which these texts occur, and learn and practice strategies for producing and interpreting these texts. CO302 will also prepare students to write as members of a society in which increasing amounts of public and social discourse takes place online.

To study online writing, students will

CO302 requires students to complete five writing assignments:

As an intermediate composition course, CO302 assumes complete control of skills developed in CO150 so that students can go well beyond introductory academic writing. Like the other intermediate composition courses offered through English, the course emphasizes (1) writing processes with a special emphasis on revising and editing, and (2) critical reading processes with an emphasis on reading from a writer's point of view.

Methods of Evaluation: This course will be taught using traditional grading. In addition to grades on writing assignments, grades will also be assigned for in-class writing activities (e.g., daily writing activities, peer review workshops), posts to a class Web discussion forum, and out-of-class writing and reading activities (homework). Typically, the course grade will be based on in-class writing and homework assignments (15%), regular participation in discussions of course readings on a Web discussion forum (10%), and formal essays (75%).

Course Syllabus: A sample weekly syllabus for this course is available on this site. Please note that this online syllabus serves as a general model that can be adapted by CO302 instructors. Specific sections of CO302 may use a syllabus that varies from the sample weekly syllabus.