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    Saginaw Valley State University
  Feb 19, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Communication Intensive (CI) Courses

Successful completion of Composition I (English 111) or its equivalent (obtained through testing, transfer, etc.) will be prerequisite for enrollment in all communication-intensive courses. Communication-intensive (CI) courses will, at minimum:

• develop abilities in a range of  written and oral modes of academic discourse, with an emphasis on developing the ability to construct coherent, well-documented arguments in the presence of a wide range of perspective and experiences 
• refine students’ abilities to consider audience and to employ rhetorical strategies which communicate appropriately 
• include critical reading, viewing. and/or listening to several modes of communication with attention to developing skills necessary to identify premises and assumptions in complex arguments made from a range of perspectives 
• require critical use of outside resources appropriate to the course content, such as library and internet resources 
• refine students’ abilities to incorporate cited materials responsibly and effectively 
• require attention to both process and product in instruction and evaluation 
• extend and refine students’ editing skills 
• require that each student complete a minimum of 10 double-spaced pages of formal writing and the equivalent of 10 double-spaced pages of drafts and informal writing (such as posts to email dialogue groups, responses, journals, etc.) divided into multiple assignments which include appropriate feedback 
• require that each student engage in significant speaking activities (in a variety of forms) which include appropriate feedback