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Liberal Studies

for the 21st Century

Upper-Division Writing Liberal Studies Course Design

Course Goals and Expectations

Liberal Studies Upper-Division Writing courses help students become flexible and proficient writers for professional purposes.

Student Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students will demonstrate the ability to;

  1. Use appropriate evidence from multiple sources to illustrate how a chosen topic is relevant to a particular field.
  2. Convey ideas clearly, coherently, and effectively for a particular purpose, occasion, or audience representative as appropriate for the field.

Upper-Division Writing courses must provide students with the following:

  1. Two or more substantial writing assignments or the equivalent.
  2. A set of criteria for assessing student performance on writing.
  3. Feedback on student writing. (Feedback may be from various reviewers, but must include instructor response.)
  4. Opportunities for revision.

“Substantial” in requirement 1 should be interpreted as “intellectually substantial as appropriate for the level of the course.” The previous UPC expectation of “[together] totaling approximately 3000 words” may be used as a point of reference.

This course has been approved to meet FSU’s Liberal Studies Upper-Division Writing requirement and helps you become a flexible and proficient writer for professional purposes.

By the end of this course, students will:

  1. Use appropriate evidence from multiple sources to illustrate how a chosen topic is relevant to a particular field.
  2. Convey ideas clearly, coherently, and effectively for a particular purpose, occasion, or audience representative as appropriate for the field.

In this course, you will compose as a process, including drafts, revision, and editing. The writing cultivated by this process conforms to FSU’s definition of “college-level writing”, which is writing that:

  1. presents a clearly defined central idea or thesis;
  2. provides adequate support for that idea;
  3. is organized clearly and logically;
  4. is presented in a format appropriate to the purpose, occasion, and audience; and
  5. utilizes the conventions of a standard language.

As such, this course requires the completion of two or more substantial writing assignments or the equivalent. Instructors will provide criteria for evaluating your performance on writing, feedback on your writing (including instructor response), and opportunities for revision.

In order to fulfill FSU’s Upper-Division Writing requirement, the student must earn a “C–” or higher in the course, and earn at least a “C–” average on the required writing assignments. If the student does not earn a “C–” average or better on the required writing assignments, the student will not earn an overall grade of “C–” or better in the course, no matter how well the student performs in the remaining portion of the course.

These items may be included in an appendix to the syllabus if they are not clearly incorporated into the course syllabus.

  • A sample writing assignment or two.
  • A description of how the course will incorporate mechanisms for providing feedback and opportunities for revision.
  • A grading rubric or set of criteria for assessing student performance on writing.

Note: All syllabi are also required to include the syllabus language statements approved by the FSU Faculty Senate, available at http://facsenate.fsu.edu/Curriculum/Syllabus-Language


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