Research Writing –

com220p

(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 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.

Completing the Research Paper

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

Revising the Research Paper

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

Reviewing the Research Paper

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

Drafting an Introduction and a Conclusion

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

Organizing Information

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

Formulating an Argument

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

Working With Sources

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

Gathering and Evaluating Information

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

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