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Course Description

This course addresses the key elements necessary for effective academic writing in college. The course begins with a focus on prewriting strategies and builds to drafting and revising essays. In addition, the course includes skill development at the sentence and paragraph level.


Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:

· University policies[->0]: You must be logged into the student website to view this document.
· Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.

University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality.

Course Materials

Arlov, P. (2012). Wordsmith: A guide to paragraphs and short essays (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

McLean, S. (2011). Writing for success. Irvington, NY: Flat World Knowledge.

Supplemental Materials

Associate Level Writing Style Handbook


All electronic materials are available on the student website.

Week One: The Writing Process|
Objectives|1 1.1 Identify the steps in the writing process.1.2 Demonstrate correct application of grammar, diction, syntax, and punctuation to writing.|||
Reading|Read the University of Phoenix Material: Final Assignment Overview and Timeline.|||
Reading|Read Ch. 1 of Wordsmith.|||
Reading|Read Ch. 3 of Wordsmith.|||
Reading|Read the following sections in Ch. 3 of Writing for Success: · Section 1.1: Commas · Section 5.1: Apostrophes|||
Participation|Participate in class discussion. Make six substantive posts on three days each week.||10|

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