Course Summary
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Self-paced. Students have 60 days to complete.
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 English composition


The course objective is to build on introductory English composition skills by focusing on the research process. Students will learn how to effectively source information using proper research techniques, beginning by crafting a research question and culminating in a 6-8-page persuasive essay that will influence others to adopt or change a particular perspective. Students will also explore how persuasive writing strengthens important professional skills including communication, problem solving, and innovation skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • identify the audience and the purpose of a document
  • summarize main points of a source of information
  • locate and analyze sources and determine whether they are valid and credible
  • examine the credibility and ethical application of a source to a specific stance or perspective
  • discuss key considerations for using information to develop new ideas and take a stance / persuade others, including ethical considerations
  • describe strategies used (in sources) to persuade audiences to adopt/change a particular perspective
  • explain why persuasive writing is important
  • state the key elements of persuasive writing
  • identify audience and examine their positions, values, knowledge, and assumptions
  • use prewriting strategies (brainstorming, etc.) to determine content based on audience and purpose
  • outline a persuasive argument including an appropriate thesis statement, supporting information, and persuasive elements
  • identify which elements would be more persuasive for a given audience (numbers, story, etc.)
  • use an appropriate balance of appeals in writing to persuade an audience
  • great persuasive writing that ethically uses evidence and appeals to persuade a target audience to adopt a new perspective towards achieving a desired purpose
  • apply appropriate revisions and editing strategies to improve a final piece of persuasive writing

General Course Topics:

  • Persuasion in action
  • The writing process
  • The basics of research writing
  • Types of quality sources
  • Analysis and organization
  • Components o persuasive writing
  • Proposal components
  • Research integration
  • Making improvements
  • Finishing touches
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

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