Upper-Division Writing Courses
All students at UCI must complete the lower-division writing requirement and take an upper-division writing (UDW) course, usually in their major course of study. Faculty across the disciplines teach these “W” courses, and all “W” courses are approved by the UCI Faculty Senate before being designated as satisfying the General Education UDW requirement. Proposals for “W” courses are reviewed regularly by the Council on Educational Policy, which considers the recommendation of the Writing Advisory Group, in consultation with the Campus Writing Coordinator. Visit the UDW page for more information.
Disciplinary-Specific Writing Guides
WRITE ON: Weekly Email Tips for UDW Instructors (Archive)
- Fall 2016, Week 1: Why Talk about Reading in Upper-Division Writing
- Fall 2016, Week 2: Debunking the Myth of the (Official, Singular) Writing Process
- Fall 2016, Week 3: Style and Voice in “Academic” Writing
- Fall 2016, Week 4: A Case for Peer Review
- Fall 2016, Week 5: Responding to Student Writing — Commenting
- Fall 2016, Week 6: Responding to Student Writing — Conferencing
- Fall 2016, Week 7: Helping Students Use Feedback
- Fall 2016, Week 8: An Appeal for Authentic/Alternative Assessment of Student Writing
- Fall 2016, Week 9: Looking Ahead to Your Next UDW Course
- Fall 2016, Week 10: Rounding Out the Quarter
The Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication
Opened in 2012 and affiliated with the CWC, the CEWC provides a range of writing skills development opportunities for students. We recommend that you make the existence of such services known to your students on your course syllabi. CEWC staff offer workshops for faculty and instructors, and staff can also arrange to visit your class to present to your students.
Center for Engaged Instruction
The mission of the CEI at UCI is to improve the quality of teaching and learning through pedagogical development for faculty and teaching assistants, to promote the use of innovative teaching techniques, including the use of instructional technology, and to foster campus-wide conversation about enhancing student learning through innovative teaching.
Writing Across the Curriculum Clearinghouse
The WAC Clearinghouse, maintained by Colorado State University, offers a tremendous set of resources for faculty who teach both writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines. Research reports and scholarly studies complement practical advice on this must-see website.
If you encounter plagiarism, please see the Division of Undergraduate Education’s new website on Academic Honesty. This site contains links to the forms you will need to fill out, as well as resources for determining your next steps when you have found instances of plagiarism.
We also recommend that you develop curricula that teach students about citing sources properly. We need to communicate with students about WHY we are asking them to consult “outside” sources as a means of creating knowledge. Doing so will help them understand how scholars, academics, and citizens construct knowledge and participate effectively–and ethically–in the many conversations of the academy in particular and our society in general.
You can also consult the Council of Writing Program Administrators: Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices.