Students complete 10-11 units of Notation-specific coursework in PWR along with 3-5 additional units in the student’s area of study. These units can also count toward the student’s major requirements.
To receive the notation, students must take the following courses:
- PWR 99A: Portfolio Preparation I (1 unit)
- PWR 99B: Portfolio Preparation II (2 units; for cohorts admitted after summer 2019, the gateway course is a prerequisite for this class)
- Notation Gateway Course: NCR students take PWR 194NCR: Introduction to Cultural Rhetorics (4 units) and NSC students take PWR 91NSC: Introduction to Science Communication (4 units)
- PWR Elective Course: PWR 91 (3-4 units) or PWR 194 (3-4 units)
- Non-PWR Elective Course with a significant communication component (3-5 units)
Continue reading for more information about the required courses for PWR Notation students.
ePortfolio Preparation Courses
PWR offers two courses in ePortfolio preparation that bookend a student's PWR Notation experience.
PWR 99A: Portfolio Preparation I
PWR 99A is a 1-unit course introducing ePortfolios and folio thinking for students in the PWR Notations. The course will assist students in designing an ePortfolio and in selecting and reflecting on work samples that represent student learning. This is the first of a two-part ePortfolio requirement for the PWR Notations. It should be taken as early in the student’s Notation program as possible, and no later than spring quarter of junior year.
PWR 99B: Portfolio Preparation II
PWR 99B is a 2-unit course that supports graduating PWR Notations students in building their final ePortfolios in preparation for the Spring evaluation process. Students will focus on key portfolio elements — reflection, storytelling, and visual design — to best highlight their skills and learning through their Notation program.
Notation Gateway Courses
Notation students take a gateway course to introduce them to fundamental principles needed to complete their Notation program. Each class is 4 units and should be taken early on in a student’s Notation program, if possible. The gateway courses are offered at least once every academic year.
Notation in Cultural Rhetorics students take PWR 194NCR: Introduction to Cultural Rhetorics
Notation in Science Communication students take PWR 91NSC: Introduction to Science Communication
Notation Elective Courses
Students are required to take two elective courses as part of their Notation, one offered by PWR and one offered by a non-PWR department or program.
PWR offers elective courses for Notation students every year in both cultural rhetorics (CR) and science communication (SC) tracks. These courses are open to all students, not just those in the PWR Notations.
Students can choose a non-PWR elective offered by other programs or departments on campus. The course must have a communication focus and provide students with the opportunity to produce an artifact they can include in their ePortfolio (i.e. written paper, oral presentation, multimedia project).
For more information about elective courses, visit the specific pages for each Notation, linked below.