EC6 Writing Goals & Objectives

The goals and objectives given below represent the minimum standard that every student must achieve to pass the course. Students performing at the most basic level would be operating at a level commensurate to a grade of 60, while more able students should demonstrate abilities at a higher standard and level of achievement.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to do the following:

Goal 1: To analyse and discuss academically a current social, environmental, political or economic problem and propose possible solutions in an essay of this genre.

Objective 1.1:To define and exemplify a problem with some clarity.
Objective 1.2:To describe and discuss the size and seriousness of the problem.
Objective 1.3:To discuss the causes and negative effects of a problem.
Objective 1.4:To develop, describe and justify a possible policy-level solution, including details about implementation.

Goal 2: To utilise a process approach to writing to achieve improvements at each stage of the drafting process.

Objective 2.1:To use a prewriting technique before writing a rough draft.
Objective 2.2:To self and peer review rough drafts according to criteria aligned with classroom activities.
Objective 2.3:To incorporate peer and instructor feedback into successive improvements and to document that process.
Objective 2.4:To produce a polished final draft.

Goal 3: To successfully locate, evaluate, integrate, and attribute published ideas related to their written discussion.

Objective 3.1:To use notions of authority, currency, relevance, and purpose to evaluate and select published ideas.
Objective 3.2:To paraphrase published ideas accurately.
Objective 3.3:To successfully integrate expert opinions and statistics into the writer’s own discussion.
Objective 3.4:To cite and reference according to APA conventions.
Objective 3.5:To refine awareness of plagiarism and means of avoiding it.

Goal 4: To further awareness of and capability with effective academic paragraphs.

Objective 4.1:To use topic sentences to state the topic and the controlling idea clearly.
Objective 4.2:To develop controlling ideas successfully through discussion, integrated research, and transitions.
Objective 4.3:To ensure focus on the paragraph topic is maintained throughout the paragraph.
Objective 4.4:To maintain cohesion of ideas from sentence to sentence.

Goal 5: To further mastery over language common in academic writing of this genre.

Objective 5.1:To hedge ideas.
Objective 5.2:To improve academic lexis.
Objective 5.3:To accurately describe actions in the simple present and in the imaginary future.
Objective 5.4:To develop further accuracy over plural and singular nouns.

Updated 2018.02.15