Effective Academic Writing – eng215 (3 credits)

This course develops the skills used in writing applied research papers for a university-level audience. Students will write position papers, persuasive essays, and case study analyses. Students will study classical rhetorical concepts of authority and the Toulmin method of argument analysis, and will evaluate outside sources for objectivity and utility in constructing persuasive arguments. Students practice giving peer feedback, revising essays in response to feedback, and writing collaboratively as Learning Teams. The course reviews the elements of grammar, mechanics, style, and proper documentation of outside sources.

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.

Supporting Evidence in Academic Writing

  • Demonstrate the ability to support ideas with appropriate evidence.
  • Evaluate the relevance, reliability, and objectivity of sources.
  • Identify characteristics of effective support sources.

Integration of Various Writers in Academic Writing

  • Demonstrate effective peer-editing methods.
  • Transform written material into an effective visual and oral presentation.

Writing Mechanics in Academic Writing

  • Apply the rules of English sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, style, and usage in written documents.
  • Apply the rules consistent with APA style to written research papers.

Argument Analysis and Persuasive Writing in Academic Writing

  • Explain how data is shaped by the genre or format of writing in which it is presented.
  • Describe how to organize the written material for maximum persuasive effect.
  • Apply organization and presentation principles to a persuasive essay.

Principles of Authority and Argumentation in Academic Writing

  • Explain how classical rhetorical concepts of authority are used in published essays.
  • Analyze arguments contained in published essays using the Toulmin model of argument analysis.
  • Apply the concepts of authority and argument in academic essays and case study analyses.

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