This course builds upon the foundations established in COM/155. It addresses the various rhetorical modes necessary for effective college essays: narration, illustration, description, process analysis, classification, definition, comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and argumentation. In addition, requirements for research essays, including the use of outside sources and appropriate formatting, are considered.
Identify the purpose and process of research writing.
Complete a research plan based on a chosen topic.
Gathering and Evaluating Information
Identify strategies for gathering reliable information.
Evaluate the credibility of different types of sources.
Working with Sources
Describe the value and purpose of using a style guide.
Identify the major components of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association style guide.
Demonstrate how to summarize, paraphrase, and quote research sources.
Writing a Thesis
Develop a thesis statement for a research paper.
Apply source materials to support or refute the thesis statement.
Develop and organize appropriate support for a research paper.
Construct an outline for a research paper.
Drafting an Introduction and a Conclusion
Write an introduction for a research paper.
Write a conclusion for a research paper.
Drafting the Research Paper
Create a rough draft of a research paper.
Apply APA style guidelines to a rough draft.
Use sentence variety, sentence clarity, and parallel structure appropriately.
Revising the Research Paper
Apply feedback and writing tools in the revision process.
Completing the Research Paper
Write a well-researched, college-level essay by applying effective writing techniques.
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