Course Summary
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Self-paced. Students have 60 days with a 30 day extension (if needed) to complete the course
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 English Composition


The course objective is to build upon the concepts taught in English Composition I by focusing on a research perspective. Students will be introduced to proper research techniques for academic writing and will practice navigating the research process, beginning with a research question and culminating in a final 6-8 page argumentative research essay. Additionally, students will gain experience interacting with and evaluating scholarly research sources outside of those chosen for their final essay.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to apply the basics of research writing
  • Evaluate the types and quality of sources
  • Improve rough drafts using revising and editing skills
  • Develop effective research questions and thesis statements
  • Engage in meaningful analysis of research
  • Apply the principles and techniques of argumentative writing
  • Structure research essays effectively
  • Integrate research according to citation conventions
  • And polish final drafts using proofreading skills

General Course Topics:

  • Introduction to the research writing process
  • Defining academic research writing
  • The purpose of research writing
  • Managing your research project
  • The qualities of a good research question
  • Choosing a manageable research topic
  • Formulating a thesis
  • Outlining and classical essay structure
  • The seven steps of the research process
  • Finding and evaluating research sources
  • Distinguishing scholarly journals from other sources
  • Understanding bias
  • Strategies for gathering reliable information
  • Research and critical reading
  • Connecting source materials
  • Annotated bibliographies
  • Research writing and argument
  • Persuasion
  • Models of argument
  • Purpose, audience, tone, and content
  • Creating a rough draft
  • Introductions
  • Body paragraphs
  • Conclusions
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Citing and referencing techniques
  • Blending source material with your own work
  • Anatomy of a well-cited paragraph
  • Revising and editing
  • General areas of revision
  • Cohesion
  • Developing a final draft
  • Using sources creatively
  • Detecting assumptions and generalizations
  • Fact-checking and proofreading
  • Reflection and reflective learning
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

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