Multimodal Composition

Catalog Description (ENG 202 Writing Seminar)

This course is one of the English Department’s new writing seminars, courses that make writing and language their explicit subject. Individual sections of ENG 202 focus on different topics, but all seminars emphasize the processes of academic reading and writing and use student writing as a primary text (that is, they give the same kind of critical attention to writing by students as to writing by published authors).

Multimodal Composition

The focus of this course will be representing scholarly work using a variety of modes (textual, visual, auditory, gestural, etc.) and media (print, audio, digital, presentational, etc.). Particular emphasis will be placed on representing data and communicating scholarly work to both expert and non-expert audiences. Projects in the course may include a scholarly web text, audio essay, blog posts, an infographic, video essay, and other forms of multimodal texts.

Course Objectives

This class is one of four required writing (W) courses that you must complete as part of your Common Course of Study. By completing this and your other three W courses at Lafayette, you will be learning to . . .

analyze a variety of rhetorical situations (W1)

identify and employ a range of strategies for discovering, developing, organizing, revising and editing (W2)

identify and apply the discourse conventions of a chosen academic discipline(s) or field(s), including conventions of genre, format, citation, structure, and vocabulary (W3)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of English 202, students will have written approximately 5,000 words of revised prose and demonstrated the ability to . . .

  • identify and employ a range of strategies for discovering, developing, organizing, revising, and editing/proofreading ideas
  • focus their writing on a specific purpose
  • identify and respond to the needs of different audiences and rhetorical situations
  • integrate their ideas with those of others
  • apply the technologies commonly used to discover, research, and communicate ideas within academic and professional environments