Essentials Of College Writing – comm215 (3 credits)

This course covers the essential writing skills required for college-level coursework. Students will learn to distinguish between interpretive and analytical writing while using the writing process and specific rhetorical strategies to develop position and persuasion essays and a case study analysis, and learning teams will prepare an applied research paper. The course offers exercises for review of the elements of grammar, mechanics, style, citation, and proper documentation.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Academic Essay Analysis

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform each of the steps involved in the writing process.
  • Interpret data for analysis in writing.
  • Demonstrate organization and focus in an academic essay.

Research and Supporting Evidence

  • Apply critical thinking skills to essays, research papers, and case study analyses.
  • Identify the characteristics of a good resource as it relates to a specific topic.
  • Evaluate the relevance, reliability, and objectivity of sources.

Collaborative Writing

  • Demonstrate the ability to support ideas with appropriate evidence.
  • Transform written material into an integrated learning team presentation.
  • Synthesize research information and materials to produce a research paper.
  • Use peer editing methods to produce clear and concise writing.

Documentation, Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics

  • Apply the rules of English sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, style, and usage in a written document.
  • Apply the rules of style to a written research paper, using appropriate methods to summarize, paraphrase, cite, and reference sources.

Writing Situations

  • Apply appropriate rhetorical strategies to a persuasive essay.
  • Utilize different types of writing styles as appropriate for mood and point of view.

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