Course Syllabus

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Course Description

In this course, students develop academic writing skills. Students use the writing process to construct an expository essay with an emphasis on coherence and correctness in written communication. Students also conduct basic research for the expository essay. Selected readings provide the basis for discussion regarding the difference between fact and opinion. Grammar exercises focus on verb tense and form, subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement, and pronoun case. Students also complete exercises covering topic sentences, paragraph development, citations, and formatting guidelines.


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Course Materials

Associate Level Writing Style Handbook, available online at


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|Week One: Expository Writing | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives |Differentiate between fact and opinion. | | | | |Determine strategies for selecting and narrowing an appropriate essay topic. | | | |Course Preparation |Read the course description and objectives. |10/8 | | | |Read the instructor’s biography and post your own. | | | |Reading |Read the Associate Program Material: Final Project Overview and Timeline regarding the final | | | | |project requirements. | | | |Reading |Read the Associate Program Material: Steps in the Writing Process. | | | |Reading |Read the Associate Program Material: Characteristics of the Expository Essay. | | | |Participation |Participate in class discussion. |10/8-10/14 (2 |20 | | | |posts...
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