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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:

  • Locate, read and assess reliable academic sources. 

  • Integrate sources into own writing  appropriately using paraphrase, summary, quotation and quantitative data.  

  • Cite sources correctly using discipline-appropriate citation styles both in the written text and in source pages.

  • Adapt writing, voice, tone and structure based on academic audience analysis.   

  • Evaluate and write arguments which synthesize multiple points of view, with awareness of logical, emotional and ethical appeals.

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in the research strategy and take corrective measures to draft a well-researched argument.

  • Produce constructive peer responses -- orally and in writing -- that respectfully give useful feedback.