Courses in English Composition Board (Division 360)

Placement in ECB Writing Practicum or Transfer Writing Practicum is determined by portfolios, which students are required to submit prior to their orientation. All entering LS&A students and all students required by their program must submit a portfolio. After evaluating the portfolio, the ECB notifies academic units of their students' placements, and the academic unit counselors convey the information to the students. Freshpersons may receive the following placements: ECB Writing Practicum, Introductory Composition, Introductory Composition with Writing Workshop, Exempt with Writing Workshop or Exemption. Transfer students receive placements of Transfer Writing Practicum, English 220, Exemption with Writing Workshop, or Exemption.

Those students placed in ECB practica must enroll in an ECB course as the first part of their writing requirement. No substitute will satisfy the College writing requirement.

ECB Practicum courses meet for 2 hours a week. In addition each student has a required bi-weekly half hour conference with the instructor. To enroll in the ECB course, students should select a section compatible with their schedule from the Time Schedule, from updated course lists at department counseling offices.

Any student who fails to attend the first class meeting and has not notified the instructor or department in writing may be dropped from the class by action of the instructor or department. At the same time, students are responsible for their own schedules and must process all drops through CRISP.

Students who receive the placement of Exemption with Writing Workshop come to the ECB Writing Workshop, 1025 Angell Hall, during their first term of enrollment to receive writing instruction before being certified for Exemption. No student with a Mandatory Writing Workshop placement may graduate without certification.

Students are welcome to visit the ECB office at 1025 Angell Hall to discuss their writing assessment or to ask for course information.

See the introduction to this Course Guide for information about the LS&A Junior/Senior Writing Requirement and for a list of those courses approved by the ECB for satisfaction of that requirement.

100. Writing Practicum. ECB Assessment. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (TUTORIAL). May be elected for a total of four credits for any combination of ECB 100-105.

ECB Writing Practicum 100 is a two credit course offered September 5 to December 8. Students place into Practicum on the basis of their portfolio. Each section of ECB 100 has a maximum enrollment of 16. Students meet with their instructor two hours each week in class and bi-weekly in half-hour individual sessions. The writing instruction is designed to meet individual needs. At the end of the Practicum, each student prepares a portfolio of his/her writing which is read and evaluated by two ECB lecturers. On the basis of writing skills demonstrated in the portfolio, practicum students are assigned to the appropriate level of the College writing program. NOTE: A few sections of ECB 100 are linked to specific content-area courses.

Section 002. The ECB Practicum-Psychology 111 Program enables students to fulfill both their practicum requirement at the same time that they complete the introductory course work required for most advanced psychology courses. The program links section 002 to Psychology 111, a general introduction to psychology both as a social science and a natural science. The class of sixteen students meets two hours per week for the full term. Each student receives half hour writing conference bi-weekly. Students put together a portfolio which is read and evaluated by two ECB lecturers. On the basis of writing skills demonstrated in the portfolio, practicum students are assigned to the appropriate level of College writing program. Registration by override only.

Section 005. Suitable for students planning a concentration in the lab sciences. Especially useful for students currently enrolled in a Natural Science lab course such as Biology 100, Chemistry 123, etc. The class of sixteen students meets two hours per week for the full term. Each student receives half hour writing conference bi-weekly. Students put together a portfolio which is read and evaluated by two ECB lecturers. On the basis of writing skills demonstrated in the portfolio, practicum students are assigned to the appropriate level of College writing program. Registration by override only.

Section 006. Suitable for students planning a concentration in the social sciences. Especially useful for students currently enrolled in Psychology 171, Political Science 140, Sociology 100, or Cultural Anthropology. The class of sixteen students meets two hours per week. Students put together a portfolio which is read and evaluated by two ECB lecturers. On the basis of writing skills demonstrated in the portfolio, practicum students are assigned to the appropriate level of College level writing program. Registration is by override only.

Section 007. A 14-week Practicum that focuses on issues of Race and Ethnicity. The course is not linked to any other course or discipline, but students may be interested in the subject matter for this thematic Practicum. The class of sixteen students meets two hours per week for the full term. Each student receives half hour writing conference bi-weekly. Students put together a portfolio which is read and evaluated by two ECB lecturers. On the basis of writing skills demonstrated in the portfolio, practicum students are assigned to the appropriate level of College writing program. Registration by override only.

Section 027. Suitable for students enrolled in a Studio Art or History of Art course, or who have a special interest in art, art history, or architecture. The class of sixteen students meets two hours per week for the full semester. Each student receives half hour writing conference bi-weekly Students put together a portfolio which is read and evaluated by two ECB lecturers. On the basis of writing skills demonstrated in the portfolio, practicum students are assigned to the appropriate level of College writing program. Registration by override only.

106. Transfer Writing Practicum. ECB Assessment. Transfer standing. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (TUTORIAL). May be elected for a total of four credits for any combination of ECB 106-109.

Students are placed into Transfer Writing Practicum on the basis of their portfolio. ECB 106 has a maximum of 16 students who meet with their instructors four hours each week in class and once a week in required half-hour individual writing conferences. The writing instruction is designed to meet individual needs. At the end of the practicum, each student prepares a portfolio which is read and evaluated by two ECB lecturers. On the basis of writing skills demonstrated in the portfolio, Transfer Practicum students are assigned to the appropriate level of the College writing program.

Section 003 is offered September 6 to October 18.

107. Transfer Writing Practicum. ECB Assessment. Transfer standing. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (TUTORIAL). May be elected for a total of four credits for any combination of ECB 106-109.

ECB 107 is offered October 25 to December 8. For description, see ECB 106.003.

300. Seminar in Peer Tutoring. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This seminar prepares students to join the ECB Peer Tutoring Program where they serve as consultants to other undergraduates who need help with their writing. After completing ECB 300, students go on to take ECB 301 in the next term where they are given course credit for serving as writing tutors. As part of their training, seminar students discuss readings in the theory of composition, learn about writing in the different disciplines, examine the strengths and weaknesses in their own writing, and begin, under supervision, to practice tutor. Course work includes three papers as well as brief reports on the tutoring experience. Registration by override only. Contact the ECB.

301. Directed Peer Tutoring. ECB 300. (1-3). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL).

This is Peer Tutoring for credit, open only to students who have completed ECB 300. Those who enroll for 1 credit will tutor 2 hours per week, for 2 credits 3 hours per week, for 3 credits 4 hours per week. In addition all Peer Tutors meet one hour a week for a discussion session. The weekly meeting serves for planning and administration of work being carried on by a large number of people at various venues across the campus. It is also used for further professional development, carried out through readings and writing projects. Registration by override only.


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