Elements Of University Composition And Communication I – com170 (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 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Rhetorical Modes and Prewriting Strategies

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

Thesis Statement and Organizing the Essay

  • Compose a thesis statement for an academic essay that makes a claim and support it with examples.
  • Construct a topic outline for an academic essay.
  • Identify organizational techniques that help writers and readers stay focused.

Drafting the Essay

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

Revising, Editing, and Completing the Essay

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

The Writing Process

  • Identify the basic structure of an effective paragraph.
  • Compose an effective paragraph.
  • Demonstrate correct application of grammar, diction, syntax, and punctuation to writing.
  • Identify the steps in the writing process.

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