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Revised INTD 105 Writing Requirements, 2015

In the spring of 2015 College Senate approved a change to the amount and nature of writing required of students in INTD 105. At its heart, the change increases the prominence of revision in the writing process, and ties the library instruction requirement to a research paper. While the change may seem substantial at first, the INTD 105 coordinators do not intend it to require major changes in the ways people teach sections, as discussed below.

Revised Writing Requirement

Each section of INTD 105 will require students to write three papers of at least three pages in length–and substantial revision is required of all of them. A fourth paper will require research, following library instruction. A minimum of 5000 words (approximately twenty double-spaced pages) is expected from each student at the end of the term.


Revision of essays serves an important pedagogical purpose, not simply to fix mistakes but to expand critical thinking. In compliance with SUNY General Education Guidelines, INTD 105 assessment includes an assessment of revision. This proposal formalizes the way students do some of the revision of papers in the course and sustains a common experience across sections. By decreasing the number of "original assignments," we want to encourage the writing seminar faculty to work with their students when they revise. A final paper, an "original assignment," will not only emphasize the importance of invention to the writing process, but guarantee that crucial library outcomes have been fulfilled.




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