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 steps in the research writing process.
Complete a research plan based on a chosen topic.
Gathering and Evaluating Information
Identify strategies for gathering reliable information.
Evaluate the credibility of sources.
Working with Sources
Identify the major components of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association style guide
Demonstrate how to summarize, paraphrase, and quote research sources according to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Apply Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association style guidelines for citing and referencing sources.
Writing a Thesis
Develop a thesis statement for a research paper.
Identify primary support materials related to a thesis.
Analyze source materials to determine how they support or refute the thesis statement.
Construct an outline for a research paper.
Develop and organize appropriate support for a thesis in a research paper.
Drafting the Research Paper
Create the body paragraphs of a research paper from an outline.
Use sentence variety, sentence clarity, and parallel structure appropriately.
Apply Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association style guidelines to writing, citations, and format.
Drafting an Introduction and a Conclusion
Write an introduction for a research paper.
Write a conclusion for a research paper.
Revising the Research Paper
Apply feedback and writing tools in the revision process.
Apply organization, cohesion and transitions correctly.
Completing the Research Paper
Write an academic research paper.
Use appropriate style, tone, and mechanics, and correct Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) formatting in a research paper.
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