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MALS 4020 - Graduate Research and Writing

Critical thinking, accomplished through solid research and clear writing, is paramount to success in one’s academic and professional pursuits. This course enables students to develop clear analytic and rhetorical writing skills at the graduate level; these skills will be utilized throughout the curriculum in all degree areas. Each student will organize and produce a focused paper on a topic related to the student's degree field that contains a continuing argument centered around a clear thesis statement supported by the work of experts. Sources will be evaluated for validity and incorporated in the paper with regard to the absence of plagiarism and proper Turabian author-date documentation. Focusing on the thesis statement, students will research and analyze current data and trends in the field, build a rhetorical argument, and draw conclusions. The course stresses editing and revision for mechanics, style, and language. It is designed to improve writing and communication skills for use in academic and professional settings. This course is required of all degree seeking students and should be taken in the first two quarters of enrollment. A final grade of B or better must be earned in this course to meet degree requirements.


Sections

Spring 2014 - On campus (CRN - 4726)

Schedule Information


Required Reading:

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. Eighth Ed. Turabian, Kate. University of Chicago Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780226816388.

UPDATE: They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 3rd Edition. Graff, Gerald and Birkenstein, Cathy. Norton, 2014. ISBN: 9780393935844.

Recommended:

1) Quick Reference Sheet: English Composition and Style. Quickstudy, 2001. ISBN: 9781572225275.

2) Quick Reference Sheet: Grammar & Punctuation. Quickstudy, 2012. ISBN: 9781423218654.

Pre-Class Assignment:

1. Complete the Academic Integrity Exam-Plagiarism. 2. Consider a topic (see Week 1 instruction about topic selection) in which you can do library research related to your field of study. Begin some preliminary research to assure yourself there is enough research in the area and to assist in narrowing the topic if needed. Try Googling your idea—if you get millions of hits, it is too big. If you get 1000 or less you may be on to something.

Please check eCollege one week before class begins for any pre-class assignments; www.ucolonline.com

If you wish to buy your books via the DU bookstore, please check their online site at "the DU Bookstore" to make sure your books are in stock before coming to campus or ordering online.

Spring 2014 - On campus (CRN - 4727)

Schedule Information


Required Reading:

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. Eighth Ed. Turabian, Kate. University of Chicago Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780226816388.

UPDATE: They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 3rd Edition. Graff, Gerald and Birkenstein, Cathy. Norton, 2009. ISBN: 9780393935844.

Recommended:

1) Quick Reference Sheet: English Composition and Style. Quickstudy, 2001. ISBN: 9781572225275.

2) Quick Reference Sheet: Grammar & Punctuation. Quickstudy, 2012. ISBN: 9781423218654.

Pre-Class Assignment:

1. Complete the Academic Integrity Exam-Plagiarism. 2. Consider a topic (see Week 1 instruction about topic selection) in which you can do library research related to your field of study. Begin some preliminary research to assure yourself there is enough research in the area and to assist in narrowing the topic if needed. Try Googling your idea—if you get millions of hits, it is too big. If you get 1000 or less you may be on to something.

Please check eCollege one week before class begins for any pre-class assignments; www.ucolonline.com

If you wish to buy your books via the DU bookstore, please check their online site at "the DU Bookstore" to make sure your books are in stock before coming to campus or ordering online.

Spring 2014 - Online/Distance (CRN - 4733)

Schedule Information

  • CRN: 4733
  • Instructor: Seely, Jennifer
  • Credits: 4
  • Date/Time:
  • Delivery: Online/Distance
  • Location: ONLINE

Required Reading:

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. Eighth Ed. Turabian, Kate. University of Chicago Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780226816388.

UPDATE:They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 3rd Edition. Graff, Gerald and Birkenstein, Cathy. Norton, 2009. ISBN: 9780393935844.

Recommended:

1) Quick Reference Sheet: English Composition and Style. Quickstudy, 2001. ISBN: 9781572225275.

2) Quick Reference Sheet: Grammar & Punctuation. Quickstudy, 2012. ISBN: 9781423218654.

Pre-Class Assignment:

1. Complete the Academic Integrity Exam-Plagiarism. 2. Consider a topic (see Week 1 instruction about topic selection) in which you can do library research related to your field of study. Begin some preliminary research to assure yourself there is enough research in the area and to assist in narrowing the topic if needed. Try Googling your idea—if you get millions of hits, it is too big. If you get 1000 or less you may be on to something.

Please check eCollege one week before class begins for any pre-class assignments; www.ucolonline.com

If you wish to buy your books via the DU bookstore, please check their online site at "the DU Bookstore" to make sure your books are in stock before coming to campus or ordering online.

Spring 2014 - Online/Distance (CRN - 4734)

Schedule Information

  • CRN: 4734
  • Instructor: Seely, Jennifer
  • Credits: 4
  • Date/Time:
  • Delivery: Online/Distance
  • Location: ONLINE

Required Reading:

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. Eighth Ed. Turabian, Kate. University of Chicago Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780226816388.

UPDATE: They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 3rd Edition. Graff, Gerald and Birkenstein, Cathy. Norton, 2009. ISBN: 9780393935844.

Recommended:

1) Quick Reference Sheet: English Composition and Style. Quickstudy, 2001. ISBN: 9781572225275.

2) Quick Reference Sheet: Grammar & Punctuation. Quickstudy, 2012. ISBN: 9781423218654.

Pre-Class Assignment:

1. Complete the Academic Integrity Exam-Plagiarism. 2. Consider a topic (see Week 1 instruction about topic selection) in which you can do library research related to your field of study. Begin some preliminary research to assure yourself there is enough research in the area and to assist in narrowing the topic if needed. Try Googling your idea—if you get millions of hits, it is too big. If you get 1000 or less you may be on to something.

Please check eCollege one week before class begins for any pre-class assignments; www.ucolonline.com

If you wish to buy your books via the DU bookstore, please check their online site at "the DU Bookstore" to make sure your books are in stock before coming to campus or ordering online.

Spring 2014 - Online/Distance (CRN - 4735)

Schedule Information

  • CRN: 4735
  • Instructor: Wyrick, Jason
  • Credits: 4
  • Date/Time:
  • Delivery: Online/Distance
  • Location: ONLINE

Required Reading:

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. Eighth Ed. Turabian, Kate. University of Chicago Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780226816388.

UPDATE: They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 3rd Edition. Graff, Gerald and Birkenstein, Cathy. Norton, 2009. ISBN: 9780393935844.

Recommended:

1) Quick Reference Sheet: English Composition and Style. Quickstudy, 2001. ISBN: 9781572225275.

2) Quick Reference Sheet: Grammar & Punctuation. Quickstudy, 2012. ISBN: 9781423218654.

Pre-Class Assignment:

1. Complete the Academic Integrity Exam-Plagiarism. 2. Consider a topic (see Week 1 instruction about topic selection) in which you can do library research related to your field of study. Begin some preliminary research to assure yourself there is enough research in the area and to assist in narrowing the topic if needed. Try Googling your idea—if you get millions of hits, it is too big. If you get 1000 or less you may be on to something.

Please check eCollege one week before class begins for any pre-class assignments; www.ucolonline.com

If you wish to buy your books via the DU bookstore, please check their online site at "the DU Bookstore" to make sure your books are in stock before coming to campus or ordering online.

Spring 2014 - Online/Distance (CRN - 4736)

Schedule Information

  • CRN: 4736
  • Instructor: Eagleman, Lance
  • Credits: 4
  • Date/Time:
  • Delivery: Online/Distance
  • Location: ONLINE

Required Reading:

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. Eighth Ed. Turabian, Kate. University of Chicago Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780226816388.

UPDATE: They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 3rd Edition. Graff, Gerald and Birkenstein, Cathy. Norton, 2009. ISBN: 9780393935844.

Recommended:

1) Quick Reference Sheet: English Composition and Style. Quickstudy, 2001. ISBN: 9781572225275.

2) Quick Reference Sheet: Grammar & Punctuation. Quickstudy, 2012. ISBN: 9781423218654.

Pre-Class Assignment:

1. Complete the Academic Integrity Exam-Plagiarism. 2. Consider a topic (see Week 1 instruction about topic selection) in which you can do library research related to your field of study. Begin some preliminary research to assure yourself there is enough research in the area and to assist in narrowing the topic if needed. Try Googling your idea—if you get millions of hits, it is too big. If you get 1000 or less you may be on to something.

Please check eCollege one week before class begins for any pre-class assignments; www.ucolonline.com

If you wish to buy your books via the DU bookstore, please check their online site at "the DU Bookstore" to make sure your books are in stock before coming to campus or ordering online.

Spring 2014 - Online/Distance (CRN - 4737)

Schedule Information

  • CRN: 4737
  • Instructor: Verble, Barbara
  • Credits: 4
  • Date/Time:
  • Delivery: Online/Distance
  • Location: ONLINE

Required Reading:

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. Eighth Ed. Turabian, Kate. University of Chicago Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780226816388.

UPDATE: They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 3rd Edition. Graff, Gerald and Birkenstein, Cathy. Norton, 2009. ISBN: 9780393935844.

Recommended:

E-text acceptable.

1) Quick Reference Sheet: English Composition and Style. Quickstudy, 2001. ISBN: 9781572225275.

2) Quick Reference Sheet: Grammar & Punctuation. Quickstudy, 2012. ISBN: 9781423218654.E-text acceptable.

Pre-Class Assignment:

1. Complete the Academic Integrity Exam-Plagiarism. 2. Consider a topic (see Week 1 instruction about topic selection) in which you can do library research related to your field of study. Begin some preliminary research to assure yourself there is enough research in the area and to assist in narrowing the topic if needed. Try Googling your idea—if you get millions of hits, it is too big. If you get 1000 or less you may be on to something. 3.Begin to think of an "Introduction" about yourself. What makes you unique? What is your field of study? How many classes have you taken in your graduate program? You will post your introduction in Week 1. It may be an audio (mp3 files are best), video (mp4 files or links to online video are best), or written piece.

Please check eCollege one week before class begins for any pre-class assignments; www.ucolonline.com

If you wish to buy your books via the DU bookstore, please check their online site at "the DU Bookstore" to make sure your books are in stock before coming to campus or ordering online.

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