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Course Name
Writers at Work: A Review for Professionals - Part III: Achieving Clear and Concise Writing

Contact Hours: 10

Course Description
This is the third of four review courses that together provide an in-depth review of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, sentence structure and style. While it is preferable that students take all four courses in sequence, they may also pick and choose the individual courses that suit their needs.

Part III of the review will help the student understand the writing process with the goal of writing clear, concise and complete documents. Tutoring, readings, textbook and exercises help students ensure that they understand the concepts and can revise their own writing to be more clear, concise and grammatically correct.

Outcome
Upon successfully completing the course:
  • The student will understand the writing process.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to recognize and correct common sentence errors that cloud the meaning and cause confusion.
  • The student will understand the ability to revise ineffective writing and to generate clear and concise writing.

Assessment
Writing exercises allow students to practice what they learn in each lesson.


Required Book(s)

Outline

Week 1: The student will learn about the writing process and will receive an short essay assignment. The instructor will be available for tutoring and to answer questions.


Week 2: Through reading and completing exercises, the student will learn about techniques for conquering writer's block and will write a draft of his/her essay. The instructor will be available for tutoring and to answer questions.

Week 3: Through reading, studying and practice, students will revise their drafts, especially focusing on effective openings and closings. The instructor will be available for tutoring and to answer questions.

Week 4: Through reading, studying and completing exercises, students will learn about editing and proofreading. They will apply what they learn to the final revision of their essays. The instructor will be available for tutoring and to answer questions.