The University of South Florida

The University of South Florida uses Writing Commons as a resource for its ENC 1101 (Composition 1) and ENC 1102 (Composition 2) courses.  The FYC Program at USF was awarded the 2011-2012 CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence for its dedication to teaching and technological innovation. For more information, head over to the CCCC website.

Composition I (ENC 1101) introduces students to the conventions and styles associated with academic writing . Throughout the course of the semester, students will compose three major writing projects; receive and give feedback to their peers through My Reviewers; and conference at least twice with their instructor on a one-on-one basis. Through each of these three projects, students will develop writing skills appropriate for a university setting and will be encouraged to think critically about the complex relationships between evidence and belief, artifacts and history, self and society.

Composition II (ENC 1102) introduces students to the field of rhetoric and provides students with an opportunity to analyze, research and compose arguments.‚Äč Like ENC 1101, Composition II is designed to improve students’ academic writing, research, information literacy, and critical thinking abilities. While ENC 1101 focuses on historiogaphy as an approach toward inquiry, Composition II focuses more on ways writers gain “agency” via argument, negotiation, and reasoning.  We focus on “agency” as a theme because effective writing is a form of power. To have an impact on their readers and positively influence the world, writers need to be able to cogently discuss complicated matters, advocate necessary changes, negotiate differences, and construct proposals for change. In academic contexts, writers gain agency by understanding the elements of effective argument and negotiation. Writers gain agency by understanding the needs and concerns of their audiences and by following the conventions for conducting inquiry and citing sources. Agency in this sense also indicates knowledge of available resources and the acquired ability to find, analyze, and integrate these resources into our communication tasks. In academic contexts, agency is not always political or personal–though it can be. For example, in the sciences or social sciences, writers can gain agency by writing a convincing argument about a chemical, biological, physical process. Writers can gain agency in the humanities by helping disputing parties negotiate conflicting interpretations of a topic or subject. To help students gain agency as academic authors, the major projects in 1102 emphasize analyzing arguments from a rhetorical perspective, developing arguments and negotiating differences, and using writing to effect change. Throughout the course of 1102, students will write three major projects; receive feedback at least once by their peers for each major project; and conference twice with their instructor on a one-on-one basis.