Research Writing –

com220

(3 credits)

Students focus on gathering research, evaluating and documenting sources, and developing a major research paper. Selected readings prompt discussion regarding bias, rhetorical devices, arguments, and counter arguments. Grammar exercises address commonly confused sets of words, modifiers, parallel structure, sentence variety, and sentence clarity.
This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Identifying Components of Argumentation

  • Identify examples of bias, rhetorical devices, argumentation, and effective counterarguments.
  • Complete a research plan based on a chosen topic.

Gathering and Evaluating Information

  • Discuss strategies for gathering reliable information.
  • Evaluate the credibility of different types of sources.

Working With Sources

  • Create an annotated bibliography.
  • Use grammar, mechanics, spelling, and punctuation appropriately.
  • Determine how to summarize, paraphrase, and quote research sources.

Formulating an Argument

  • Discuss strategies for formulating a viable argument.
  • Develop a thesis statement for a research paper.

Organizing Information

  • Construct a full-sentence outline.
  • Develop appropirate support for a research argument.
  • Incorporate source material into a research paper.

Drafting an Introduction and a Conclusion

  • Use sentence variety, sentence clarity, and parallel structure appropriately.
  • Create an introduction and a conclusion for a research paper.

Reviewing the Research Paper

  • Create a rough draft of a research paper.
  • Differentiate between commonly confused words.
  • Recognize the benefits of completing a peer review.

Revising the Research Paper

  • Determine how to use feedback from multiple sources to revise a research paper.
  • Discuss the role of feedback and writing tools in the revision process.

Completing the Research Paper

  • Complete a persuasive research paper.
  • Use appropriate style, tone, mechanics, and style formatting in a research paper.

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