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Written And Oral Intensives Course Requirements

All Iona College students are required to complete 2 WI and 2 OI courses as part of their degree requirements (The Columba Cornerstone does not fulfill this requirement). Courses that meet the criteria set forth by the Core Curriculum Committee, may request designation as a Writing Intensive (WI) or Oral Intensive (OI). The following guidelines for designating courses as Writing or Oral Intensive were developed by the CCC in consultation with Iona College writing and speech faculty. Core, major, minor, and/or elective courses are all eligible for WI/OI designation. Faculty should consult the faculty website for instructions about applying for these designations for their courses.

Core Writing-Intensive Designation Guidelines (WI)

Department-Designated Writing-Intensive Courses

Writing Process Intensive Requirements

  • One 7-10 page paper, substantially revised at least two times after the original, with the professor providing feedback and instruction on each draft.
  • Professor must meet with each student individually at least once over the course of the semester to discuss draft.
  • The final revised Writing Process Intensive paper serves as the Critical Thinking Core Signature Assignment that must be uploaded to e-Portfolio under CORE SLO #2 with an accompanying set of student reflections on their experience of the assignment and its contribution to the development of their writing skills.


Writing Product Intensive Requirements

  • Minimum total of 15 pages (3750 words) of new writing (e.g., three 5-page papers or one 15 page paper completed in segments).
  • Word and page count only include writing that is part of a paper at least 4 pages in length (one page assignments and exercises do not count toward the minimum).
  • Two revisions required (e.g., 1 paper revised twice, or 2 papers each revised once) with the professor providing feedback and instruction on drafts.
  • A final revised essay assignment will serve as the Critical Thinking Core Signature Assignment that must be uploaded to the student’s e-Portfolio under CORE SLO #2 with an accompanying set of student reflections on their experience of the assignment and its contribution to the development of their writing skills.

Suggestions and Strategies for Implementing a Writing-Intensive Course

  • Flip the classroom – deliver instruction online and use class time to “workshop” writing assignments
  • Have students develop essays over time. For example, a Writing Product Intensive course might treat each assigned essay as a segment of a larger work.
  • In a Writing Process Intensive class, track student progress by having students submit all prior drafts with each iteration.
  • Replace other types of assessment with written essay work.

It is strongly recommended that course instructors utilize one of the five ENG 120 models (Reflective, Close Reading, Synthesis, Editorial, Research) as a frame for at least one of their writing assignments, as, by incorporating ENG 120 models into writing-intensive courses, students benefit from a more intentionally integrated core curricular experience.

Core Oral-Intensive Designation Guidelines (OI)

Department-Designated Oral-Intensive Courses

  • At least 25% of the coursework must be based on oral communication assignments
  • Oral communication assignments must be spread out across the semester
  • Oral communication must be required of every student in the course
  • Assignments must address more than one oral communication skill
  • Students must receive the instruction necessary to perform assignments
  • Students must receive feedback on their demonstrated communication skills in class assignments
  • Part of the grade for each oral communication assignment must reflect the student’s mastery of required communication skills
  • One of the oral communication assignments must result in some measurable artifact (e.g., video; audio recording; presentation slides) that is required to be uploaded to the student’s e-Portfolio under CORE SLO #2 with an accompanying set of student reflections about their experience of the assignment relative to its contribution(s) to the development of their oral communication skills.

Suggestions and Strategies for Implementing Oral-Intensive Courses

  • Create several oral intensive assignments to help students build skills as the course progresses; avoid a single speech assignment near the end of the term worth 25% or more of the final grade. One-time communication experiences rarely build skills.
  • Individual students should not be able to opt out of oral communication assignments. If you assign a group presentation, require each member of the group to do a significant portion of the presentation.
  • Feedback may be rendered by the instructor, fellow students or others (e.g., mentors in the community) and should be written. Samples of communication skills feedback forms can be found on the Core Curriculum webpage.
  • Provide instruction on oral presentation skills through mini-lectures, assigned readings or other instructional materials. Arrangements can be made with the Speakers’ Center in the Speech Communication Studies Department to provide such instruction. For copies of handouts on a variety of oral communication skills see the Core Curriculum webpage.

Other assignments with a possible oral component might include:

Group Experiences; Public Speaking; Storytelling and Narrative assignments; Service-Oriented Communication assignments; Professional Communication Skills assignments; and Collaborative Learning. (Adapted from East Tennessee University and Fairbanks University).

WI and OI Special Designations Table

Course Number Course Name OI WI
BIO 101 General Biology 1   X
BIO 450 Biology Seminar X  
CHM 140 Chemistry of Emotions   X
CHM 222 Analytical Chemistry   X
CS 481 Software Project Development: Design   X
ECO 310 Econometrics   X
ECO 355 The FED Challenge X  
ECO 409 History of Economic Ideas   X
EDU 466 Observation and Student Teaching at the Childhood Level X X
ENG 314 Introduction to Literary Studies   X for majors only or with permission
ENG 358 Advanced Writing: Strategies and Skills   X open to all
ENG 499 Senior Seminar: Literature and Criticism   X for majors only or with permission
HST 301 The Study of History X X
HST 497 History Capstone X X
ITA 260 Italian Civilization   X
ITA 265 Dante’s Divine Comedy   X
ITA 261 Italian American Experience   X
MCO 377 Writing and Reporting for Multiplatform Journalism   X
PHY 101 General Physics 1   X
PHY 105 Earth Science   X
PHY 106 General Astronomy   X
PHY 120 Computer Music System   X
PSY 331 Personnel Psychology X  
PSY 338 History and Systems: Psychology of Learning X  
PSY 342 Violence Toward the Self X  
PSY 390 Experimental Psychology 1   X
PSY 412 Social Psychology   X
PSY 441 Developmental Psychology   X
PSY 445 Hormones and Behavior X  
PSY 491 Experimental Psychology 2 X X
PSY 496 Senior Seminar X  
RST 209 Peace and Social Justice X  
RST 318 Violence, Peace, and Social Justice X  
RST 343 Sufism: Traditions of Islamic Mysticism   X
RST 370 Creative Peacemaking   X
RST 450 Religious Studies Capstone   X
SOC 322 Race and Ethnic Relations   X
SOC 450 Senior Seminar   X
SCS 101 Introduction to Oral Communication X  
SCS 205 Interpersonal Speech Communication X  
SCS 225 Public Speaking X  
SCS 304 Business and Professional Speaking X  
SCS 332 Problems in Media Communication X  
SCS 334 Gender Differences in Human Communication X  
SCS 346 Intercultural Communication X  
SCS 366 Audiology X