Utilizing Information In College Writing –


(3 credits)

This nine-week course focuses on developing the research, writing, and evaluation skills of entry-level college students. Topical areas include information utilization, critical reading, organization, and documentation as they relate to a major research paper. Students will continue to build their writing skills as they incorporate outside feedback and explore various strategies to improve their arguments. Activities include preparing a research plan, creating an annotated bibliography, and completing a research paper.
This undergraduate-level course is weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Working with Sources

  • Avoid plagiarism when writing quotes, paraphrases, and summaries.

Revising Your Project

  • Revise a research paper using feedback received from multiple sources.

Refining Your Claim

  • Develop a challenging thesis statement.
  • Predict the success of a research paper.

Organizing Your Project

  • Create an annotated bibliography.
  • Organize information in a logical sequence using an outline.

Gathering Ideas and Information

  • Demonstrate strategies for gathering information from a variety of sources.

Evaluating Sources

  • Evaluate the credibility of different sources of information.

Drafting Your Project

  • Use statistics, graphs, and illustrations to improve the argument in a research paper.
  • Use correct tone, style, and mechanics in a research paper.

Completing Your Project

  • Develop a research paper.

Beginning Research

  • Complete a research plan based on a chosen topic.
  • Choose an appropriate topic for a research-based project.

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