Course Summary

Effective writing technique

The course provides a beginning place for students who are not accustomed to formal writing in the English language. It also offers the native speaker an opportunity to build a stronger foundation and improve written communication skills. Course components include (1) the writing process, (2) formal writing, documenting sources, and (3) a step by step guide for writing a research paper. A course in English composition is required for the B.R.S. degree and is valued at 3 semester hours of undergraduate credit.


Module 1. Write descriptive and narrative essays that meet stated criteria

Module 2. Write a summary, classification, cause-effect, and compare/contrast essays that meet stated criteria

Module 3. Compose a research paper using correct citations according to MLA writing standards.


Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on a single multiple-choice exam over Module 1 Unit 1 and four sets of writing assignments found in Modules 1-3.  Each of these five graded elements represents 20% of the course grade.  A sample exam problem follows:

In the active voice of a verb, (A) the subject performs the action, (B) the subject receives the action, (C) the object performs the action, (D) the adjective receives the action.


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