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WRIT 205 (section 08139): M 10.10-11, Tu 10.10-11, W 10.10-11

Instructor: Melanie Thongs

WRIT 205 Course Description

This one-credit course provides individualized and small group instruction designed to help undergraduate writers improve their sentence and paragraph writing skills. The sentence skill development exercises in this course emphasize the types of sentences most commonly used in writing assignments across the disciplines. The class also provides instruction on building effective paragraphs (descriptive, expository, narrative, and persuasive) and shaping them for use within specific disciplinary genres and conventions. This class is pass/fail and roughly two thirds (or more) of the work is done during class time.

WRIT 405 (section 08139): Tu 11.10-12, W 11.10-12

Instructor: Melanie Thongs

WRIT 405 Course Description

This one-credit course provides individualized and small group instruction on the “moves” used in academic and professional writing, including journal articles, theses, and dissertations, as well as writing required for coursework. Using the textbook Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills 3rd Ed, students in this class perform exercises that cover the essential and nonessential components of writing the sections of academic papers—introductions, methods, results, discussions, and conclusions. Other topics, such as how to present data in multiple formats, how to qualify results, and how to tailor papers to match the conventions of specific disciplines are also discussed. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic revision, editing and proofreading skills, and students with works in progress can schedule one-to-one consultations with the instructor during the final third of the semester. This class is pass/fail, and practically all work is done during class time (except in the case of students with works in progress).

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Graduate Writing Resources

These resources are meant to be guides and tools to aid in the writing process. For more assistance, please visit the Graduate Writing Center during our walk-in hours or schedule an one-on-one appointment.

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