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


The course objective is to introduce the fundamentals of writing and presentation in the context of the Department of Defense. Mastering these fundamentals allows students to communicate more effectively to a variety of audiences, using a range of methods.

Learning Outcomes:

  • write grammatically and with correct usage in accordance with The Elements of Style and The Chicago Manual of Style
  • 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
  • compose a peer review of another student's writing in accordance with "Conducting Peer Reviews" and other required readings and lesson presentations
  • 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
  • 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

General 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
  • discussion forums

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials