Course Summary
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16 weeks (35 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 6 English Composition or Research Writing


The course objective is to focus primarily on the formal writing and communication tasks that security professionals are required to perform as part of their jobs and to be successful as a student in a college-level or graduate course.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Write grammatically and with correct usage in accordance with The Elements of Style and The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Compose a peer review of another student's writing in accordance with 'Conducting Peer Reviews' and other required readings and lesson presentations
  • Write an academic research paper/report on a complex, security-related topic using Chicago style
  • Write strong sentences in accordance with The Elements of Style and other guidelines for government writing as listed under Required Readings
  • Revise writing by using revision techniques and completing the revision process as outlined in the required lesson presentations and The Tongue and Quill, Chapter 8
  • Evaluate appropriate research and analysis into a formal academic research paper, following the guidelines of The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Write an effective recommendation as outlined in the description for the assignment using the guidelines under Required Readings
  • Create an annotated bibliography for the Final Research Paper using The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of a written statement from an investigative interview
  • Write an incident report based on the results of an investigation, using the fundamentals of effective writing

General Course Topics:

  • Communication basics
  • Audience and purpose analysis
  • Oral communication basics
  • Writing basics
  • Research (methods, citation)
  • Elements of rhetoric
  • Analysis (types, methods, considerations)
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Presentation of ideas (format and structure of technical reports)
  • Annotated bibliography
  • Survey of DoD writing products
  • Taking a written statement
  • Incident/security violation reports
  • Policy writing
  • Legal case analysis (issues-role-analysis-conclusion)
  • Research paper
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials