AUGUST 2013 SEMESTER
ENG 112 X: ADVANCED WRITING
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COURSE PRE-REQUISITE: ENG 111
The course is designed to help students develop advanced writing and basic library research skills that will enable them to meet the challenges of scholarly work in assignments and term papers. By the end of the course, they should be able to produce a well-researched paper.
By the end of the course the student should:
Develop skills in academic writing that will be useful for assignments in all courses. 2.
Better organize thoughts.
Use APA style to make citations.
Produce a clear and well-written research paper.
Develop a personal style of writing.
The course focuses on:
Definition of writing and academic writing
Relationship between academic writing and other disciplines 3.
Characteristics and types of academic writing
Choosing a topic
Using the library and other sources of information
Parts of a research paper (thesis statement, outline etc) 7.
Mechanics (language, grammar sentence structure, punctuation, spelling paragraph development, types of writing). 8.
Format of academic papers (numbering systems and reference list)
Classroom activities will include lectures, discussions, writing tasks and library research. 2.
Assessment will be in the form of continuous assessment tests (CATS) and a final paper which is due at the end of the semester.3. 3.
The writing project at the end of semester MUST be given to the course lecturer PERSONALLY on or
30% (CAT 1 - 10%, 2 Essays 20%)
GUIDELINES FOR THE FINAL PAPER
at least 10 pages long
first line indented ½ inch
Times New Roman, size 12
Do not number the title and the outline pages. Number the pages from introduction at the bottom centre. •
Documentation Style: APA
The final paper MUST be handed in together with the draft. Failure to do so will result in a penalty of your final paper being given a grade lower.
You must hand in your paper in person and sign in for it. DO NOT give your paper and draft to somebody else to hand in for you.
Please note that because the focus of this course is more the process of writing the paper and less the final product, THERE ARE NO SPECIAL EXAMS FOR ENG 112. Please ensure that you will be able to register for the exams at the end of the semester, otherwise you will have to repeat the entire course.
The final paper must be on the topic approved by the lecturer during the course of the semester. HANDING IN A PAPER ON A TOPIC DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE APPROVED WILL RESULT IN GRADE F.
Peter, C. B. (1994). A guide to academic writing. Kijabe: Zapf Chancery.
American Psychological Association. (2002). Manual of American psychological association. Washington D.C: American Psychological Association. FURTHER READING
Lester, J.D. (1990). Writing research papers. (6th ed.). Harper Collins.
Lunsford, A.A. (2002). Everyday writer. (2nd ed.). Boston: Bedford/St Martin’s.
Oshima, A. and Ann Hogue. (1997). Introduction to academic writing. (2nd ed.). New York: Addison Wesley, Longman.
Perrin, R. (2005). A handbook for college research. Houghton Mifflin.
Walker, M. (1993). Writing research papers. New York: W.W. Norton & Company
Winkler, A.C. & McCuen, J.R. (1985). Writing the research paper. (2nd ed.). San Diego: Harcourt Brance Jovanovich.
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