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Course description:  ENGL 205: Research and Argumentation

The following is a description of ENGL 205:  Research and Argumentation

Course description

Students move from library research and source-evaluation strategies through brainstorming, proposal, then producing drafts and editing a variety of research-based essays that take a position and are tailored to the needs of the reader. This course is especially recommended for students planning on transferring to a four-year school.

Course outcomes

Students who earn a 2.0 or higher will be able to:

  • Evaluate and write arguments, with awareness of logical, emotional and ethical appeals
  • Synthesize multiple points of view within your own argument-based text.
  • Choose an appropriate research topic and identify effective search terms (narrowing and broadening a search to pinpoint precise source material).
  • Understand and use a wide variety of research sources including library, hard and on-line services (data bases, search engines, bibliographical and other specialized research materials).
  • Evaluate sources critically (credibility, quality of evidence, etc.).
  • Analyze and incorporate complex scholarly readings.
  • Interpret and use information (statements, visuals, graphs, statistics, etc.) critically to draw reasonable conclusions.
  • Support claims with the use of summary, paraphrase and quotation in context.
  • Identify and avoid plagiarism and show awareness of its ethical implications.
  • Differentiate among and use both in-text (parenthetical) and end-of-text bibliography list for at least 2 forms of citation systems (APA, MLA, CSE, CMS etc.).
  • Produce both short (less than 8 pages) and long (more than 10 pages) research-based, persuasive papers, in addition to other written products (bibliographic review, annotated bibliography, research proposal, etc.).
  • Show attention to detail with minimal typos, grammar errors, and other signs of weak professionalism.
  • Work collaboratively on partnered projects and peer reviews.