Department of English
& Foreign Languages
The Center for Writers
English Usage and
Composition for Graduate Students
Course Description: This course provides practice in critical thinking, grammar, usage, and
composition skills through the analysis of secondary literature relevant to education and the
behavioral sciences and through writing multiple expository essays, one of which is a
documented research paper.
Course Objectives: This course is designed to support graduate studies in education and the
behavioral sciences by improving your ability to
* Read and think critically about secondary literature in education and the behavioral
* Develop a written argument using a clear thesis and well organized paragraphs with
* Use sources and data critically in a balanced and thoughtful way as support for original
* Learn the conventions for format, usage, and citation developed by the American
Psychological Association (APA).
* Craft clear sentences that avoid basic errors in spelling, usage, and punctuation.
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Fifth Edition
Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers. Seventh Edition
In addition, students will be asked to use materials placed on reserve at the Cameron Library.
Course Requirements: You are expected to complete all the readings by the time of the class
for which they are listed on the syllabus. Written work will include a diagnostic essay and four
graded essays with revisions.
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