WRT 160:
Composition II
Oakland University
Fall 2014
CRN: 41220
Wilson Hall 400, TR 1:00–2:47 p.m.


Jim Nugent, Ph.D.




306 O'Dowd Hall

Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 noon–12:30 p.m. and by appointment anytime


Course Description

WRT 160: Composition II explores methods of research and writing including the use of rhetorical strategies and synthesis of scholarly sources to create academic arguments. WRT 160 emphasizes processes of writing and revision with a focus on information literacy, critical thinking, and effective communication in diverse rhetorical contexts. A grade of 2.0 or higher must be achieved to satisfy the university general education requirement in the writing knowledge foundation area. 4 credits.

General Education Outcomes

Specific Course Learning Outcomes

Students will:

Course Objectives

In addition to reinforcing the outcomes from WRT 150: Composition I, WRT 160 will instill in students a basic understanding of:

Required Text

Course Policies

Assignments and Grading

There will be four major assignments in this class, listed below, which are due on the dates listed in the course calendar. You must complete all of these assignments to receive a passing grade.

I will give grades (0.0, 1.0–4.0) for all graded assignments in this class. The final grade is determined as follows:


Rhetorical Analysis


Annotated Bibliography


Academic Writing Project


Final Portfolio


Exercises and Small Assignments


Social Practices—This grade will reflect:

  • your contributions to class discussions, peer review activities, online activities, and group projects;
  • your commitment to submitting timely and complete work;
  • your ethos as a respectful citizen of the classroom and as a thoughtful rhetor in class-related communications; and
  • your capacity for successful collaboration with others.

Needless to say, if you are not in class, you are not doing many of these things, so this grade will also be a partial reflection of your attendance.

ADA Notice

Students with disabilities who may require reasonable accommodations should contact Oakland University’s Disability Support Services office for assistance: