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Wei Zhi Gao
B CUSP 134
Bothell Campus

Interdisciplinary Writing

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 101, B CUSP 114, or ENGL 131. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Course Title: Visual Intelligence & Verbal Intelligence

BCUSP 134B Interdisciplinary Writing examines relations between visual thinking and verbal thinking. The main textbook is Robert DiYanni and Pat Hoy's Frames of Mind: A Rhetorical Reader, supplemented by selected works of literature, photography, painting, and film. Course work is based on a sequence of assignments, including readings and visual examples, designed to illustrate how we can use both verbal and visual intelligence in creating arguments of all kinds.

Student learning goals

1. Acquire a set of skills in making sense of visual and verbal texts in a systematic and logical manner;

2. Become more efficient learners by following three links in learning: preview/view/review;

3. Critique different texts with intellectual maturity and balanced judgment;

4. Discover and explore thematic patterns and connections at the textual/intra-textual/inter-textual/contextual levels;

5. Engage in professional and responsible academic work.

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

None.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments include three papers: one primarily on visual materials, one primarily on literary texts, and a final project that brings visual and verbal elements together.

Writing, Participation, In-class presentation.


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 Wei Zhi Gao
Date: 07/07/2012