This course must be taken in the student's first year. It aims to develop the skills necessary for students to become independent learners, and to support and enhance performance in many other courses at UCR.

The focus of ACCCOMM102 is on academic writing and presenting. Students are expected to do secondary research, critically select and evaluate scholarly sources, learn to cite and reference, develop coherent thesis statements, structure information, and use appropriate academic language and style. Through constant revision of their own writing, peer reviewing other essays, and study of essays in the 100 Great Essays, students will hone their critical thinking skills. Presentation skills are developed through an individual Persuasive Speech and a Research Talk. In addition, students participate in group discussions and critically reflect on their learning process.