Module 3:  Directed Self-Placement

What is the Difference between RC 1000 and RC 1000+2000?

Option 1 - RC 1000:  Expository Writing

  • Graded, 3-credit hour, required, academic writing course.

  • Completed during your first 30 hours at Appalachian.

  • Requires process writing, culminating in a final e-portfolio. 

  • Curriculum focuses primarily on analysis, argumentation, and academic research skills with a heavy emphasis on information literacy. 

  • Assignments require effectively focusing on one idea, developing that idea, supporting it with credible evidence, accurately documenting sources, and organizing your writing for an academic audience.

  • Most sections feature multimodal composing to prepare students for the variety of writing situations and tools they will later encounter. 

  • Some sections are themed or include a service learning component. 

  • Ideally, a student who chooses to enroll in RC 1000 should be confident that she/he has a sufficient foundation in academic writing to meet the challenges and expectations of college-level writing.

Option 2 - RC 1000 + RC 2000: 

Expository Writing PLUS Writing Lab

  • Graded, 4-credit hour, academic writing course + 2-hour online writing lab.

  • Description above, PLUS:

    • Co-requisite writing lab allows students to receive additional one-on-one support from their writing instructor, ranging from work on sentence-level issues to holistic draft revisions. 

    • Registration approval is required to enroll in these courses.

    • Ideally, a student who chooses to enroll in RC 1000 + RC 2000 recognizes her/his ability to be successful in a college-level writing course with additional personal investment and instructor support. 

What is the Challenge Essay?

The Self-Inventory, combined with your own experiences, may help you determine that you are an experienced writer who wants to place out of RC 1000 by attempting the Challenge Essay. The Challenge Essay is both optional and free. Once you enroll via the Rhetoric & Composition website, you will gain access to materials hosted on our ASULearn site

When can I attempt the Challenge Essay?

To register for a Challenge Essay window, click on the following link (Challenge Essay) and sign-in to your App State account. Then, select the dates that work best for you. Remember that you must sign-up for a window prior to the Challenge going live at 8am on the first day of the window. You may register for only one Challenge period. 

Challenge Windows & Sign Up

Challenge Date #1: July 6-10

Challenge Date #2: July 20-24

Challenge Date #3: August 3-7

Challenge Date #4: August 15-19

Are There Other Resources for Determining My Placement Decision?

If you are still uncertain about which choice is best for you, please consider contacting a member of the DSP Team or reaching out to the following resources: 

 

  • Contact DSP in the Orientation Registration Support Center.

  • Discuss your concerns with your academic advisor during orientation sessions.

  • Email Meg Ruggiero, the Director of DSP, at mcswainma@appstate.edu

  • Contact Dr. Jessie Blackburn, the Assistant Chair for Rhetoric and Writing Studies, at blackburnjb@appstate.edu.

  • Revisit your Self-Inventory results. 

  • Review Information on the Rhetoric and Writing Studies’ Website.

CONTACT

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Tel: 828-262-2167

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