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Tasha M Buttler
B CUSP 101
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core I: Composition

Offers an interdisciplinary approach to composition, including generating a compelling topic; the articulation of a thesis; the development of supporting evidence; the ability to draw conclusions from the evidence, clear organization of the essay, correct mechanics; awareness of audience, and knowledge of resources for research. Prerequisite: may not be taken for credit if previously earned a minimum grade of 2.0 B CUSP 114, B CUSP 134, or ENGL 131. Offered: A.

Class description

This is a skills acquisition course offering credit both for pre-calculus and composition. In mathematics, we will be exploring the concept of the mathematical function and its use in modeling real-world examples. We will also be teaching you how to how to read and write college-level essays in which you summarize an author’s main points with precision, identify a counter position, and then make your own claim (or assertion). You will learn to compose your essays much like you would compose a mathematical proof, that is, defining your terms and outlining your thought processes. Some of the essays and fiction you read will be independent of the math content, and some of it will overlap between the writing process and mathematical problem solving. The reading material will include short stories and applied examples from the natural sciences. You will be introduced to UW Bothell resources such as the library, the quantitative skills center, and the writing center. The goals are for you to learn more about how to inquire about issues in a critical and creative way, how to communicate persuasively, and how your inquiries relate to personal and civic responsibilities. This course fulfills the general education requirement codes for “Areas of Knowledge” in quantitative and symbolic reasoning (QSR) and English composition (C).

Student learning goals

Read a literary text and an essay and summarize main points with precision

Read a literary text


Employ basic research techniques to explore discussions about a topic of interest

Articulate an arguable claim showing your position on an issue, and support with evidence

Have fun!

General method of instruction

Seminaring, discussion, small group work. Requires 8-10 hours of homework for this portion of the course.

Recommended preparation

Read fiction over the summer.

Class assignments and grading

Short papers, reading preparations, quizzes, one longer paper, revisions, participation.

Must also sign up for pre-calculus BCUSP 123D.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Tasha M Buttler
Date: 06/17/2010