Singapore University of Social Sciences

Essential Academic Writing Skills

Essential Academic Writing Skills (COR160)

Synopsis

This University core course offers the essential writing skills required by undergraduates in a university to help them function effectively in an academic environment and beyond. The course introduces students to the basic principles of critical reading and writing skills, such as summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting and synthesizing information from different texts, critically evaluating information for use in project papers, selecting and incorporating information from other sources in a text as well as accurately documenting such information within and at the end of a text following referencing conventions. These skills are generic and transferable to other disciplines and students can apply them immediately in their class work, assignments, project papers and examinations.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 2.5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester

Topics

  • What Is Academic Writing and Writing as a Process
  • Reading Critically
  • Working with Multiple Sources
  • Summarising, Paraphrasing & Quoting
  • Synthesising
  • Writing a Persuasive Argumentative Essay
  • Understanding Fallacies

Learning Outcome

  • Cite sources in writing using the proper citation and referencing style
  • Evaluate information criticallly from various sources to respond to a task
  • Synthesise information from various sources in writing in response to a given task
  • Develop a rhetorical structure of an essay
  • Apply persuasive argumentative writing strategies in response to a given task
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