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Course Description

Person writing with a pen on paper at a wooden table

This course is designed primarily for those not pursuing a specialization in English and focuses on the development of the skills for effective writing. Topics will include sentence and paragraph structure, essay organization, and the implementation of convincing written arguments. Students will apply these skills to the completion of several written assignments, culminating in a short work of non-fiction prose.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Identify the characteristics and basic structure of an essay;
  2. Describe and apply basic strategies for effective writing;
  3. Explain the functions of the parts of an essay; and
  4. Write a short, coherent, grammatically correct, persuasive academic essay.

Course Topics

  • The Power of Writing
  • The Essay
  • The Persuasive Essay
  • The Issue of Voice in Persuasive Argument
  • The Sentence as Basic Building Block
  • The Introductory Paragraph
  • Body Paragraphs
  • The Concluding Paragraph
  • Putting It All Together
  • The Editing Process
  • Proofreading and Style
  • Reflecting on Your Own Writing

Additional Requirements

Restriction(s): Not available to students registered in ENGL majors or minors.

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Online Quiz (5 x 2%) 10%
Introductory Paragraph 10%
Short Essay Assignment 35%
Draft Thesis Topic 5%
Participation Discussion Boards & PEAR Activities 10%
Take-Home Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

Note:

Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Zoom as a video communication tool.  A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. 

Please view the Technical Considerations.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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