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Communication Skills For Graduate Study

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This course provides new graduate students in University of Phoenix programs with an introduction to strategies for academic success within the University of Phoenix adult learning model. Topics include oral and written communication, methods for finding and evaluating course resources, critical thinking, program standards, stress and time management, and Learning Team processes.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Collaboration and Team Dynamics

    • Differentiate between the needs of individuals and groups in a group setting.
    • Collaborate with Learning Team members to prepare an assignment using APA format.
    • Examine how team collaboration benefits the development of academic projects.

    Research and Information Utilization

    • Evaluate the reliability and validity of various sources of secondary research.
    • Use scholarly resources to support academic assertions.
    • Prepare an annotated bibliography using APA formatting and citation requirements.
    • Discuss what constitutes plagiarism.


    • Evaluate the importance of ethical reasoning and ethical decision making.
    • Identify ethical traits, concepts, and principles.

    Critical and Creative Thinking

    • Apply critical and creative thinking skills to personal and professional development.
    • Identify characteristics of critical and creative thinking.
    • Explain how critical and creative thinking contribute to the quality of decisions.

    Written Communication Skills

    • Evaluate personal writing strengths and weaknesses.
    • Utilize the requirements of the APA format.
    • Identify the characteristics and expectations of graduate level writing.

    Competencies for Academic Success

    • Discuss how the degree you are pursuing will help you achieve your career goals.
    • Utilize various University of Phoenix tools, resources, policies, and procedures to effectively manage your learning experience.
    • Identify best practices for managing time and stress.

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