University Composition And Communication I – com155 (3 credits)

This course addresses the key elements necessary for effective academic writing in college. The course begins with focus on prewriting strategies and builds to drafting and revising essays. In addition, the course includes skill development at the sentence and paragraph level.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Rhetorical Modes

  • Determine appropriate purpose, audience, tone, point of view, and content for various types of writing.
  • Describe various rhetorical modes.

Planning Strategies

  • Identify organizational techniques that help writers and readers stay focused.
  • Describe strategies for choosing and narrowing an academic essay topic.

Drafting the Essay

  • Identify appropriate types of supporting paragraphs for a topic.
  • Prepare a first draft of an essay using appropriate strategies.
  • Formulate effective paragraphs using topic sentences.

Revising and Editing the Essay

  • Differentiate between editing and revising.
  • Implement writing tools to revise and edit an essay.

Completing the Essay

  • Create a final draft through revision.
  • Write a well-researched, college-level essay by applying effective writing techniques.

Developing a Thesis Statement

  • Compose a thesis statement for an academic essay that makes a claim and support it with examples.

Organizing the Essay

  • Identify appropriate introductions and conclusions for academic essays.

The Writing Process

  • Identify the steps in the writing process.
  • Demonstrate correct application of grammar, diction, syntax, and punctuation to writing.

Writing Effective Paragraphs

  • Identify the basic structure of an effective paragraph.
  • Compose an effective paragraph.

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