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As of October 2010, this site is no longer actively maintained.

Did I Miss Anything? (Tom Wayman)

Week 1
Introduction to Effective Academic and Professional Writing

Course Overview
• Syllabus (Course Home on KU-ACE)
Course Overview (.ppt)
How's That Working for You? (group activity)
Statement of Understanding/Com (.doc)
Final Paper Requirements (Course Home on KU-ACE)


  • Name
  • Program/time at Kaplan
  • Something that isn't obvious about this person


Class Activities

  • Difference between academic and personal writing
  • Key terms:
    • Rhetoric: the art of composing effective discourse (exchange of ideas, conversation)
    • Argument: in speech and writing, an assertion made about a topic that is supported by at least one reason
    • Persuasion: the act of seeking to change someone else’s beliefs, actions, procedures, etc.
    • Counterargument: an argument offered in opposition to another argument (Yes, but...)
    • Informed opinion
      (KU Handbook, p. 5)
    • Skim model paper (pp. 224-235)
  • Sources of ideas for topics
    • Finding a Topic
    • Magazines in the library
    • Critical conversations in your field

• Unit 1 Exercise (25 pts.) due in Dropbox before next class (directions and model on KU-ACE, Week 1; rubric in syllabus on Course Home)

Content covered in class today is also covered in “From Topic to Research Questions to Thesis” (KU Handbook for Writers, pp. 29–31).

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Week 2
Writing Styles & Library Orientation (librarian visit)

The Research Paper: Getting Started

8:15 Andy Gress on sources

Review formal vs. informal writing

Listening activity

Finding sources


  • Do background reading and start looking for sources on possible topic(s)
  • Read: ”Critical Thinking—The Ultimate Goal of Academic Writing” (KU Handbook, pp. 58–65)
  • Have conference on topic, plan to find sources (10 pts)

Useful Resources

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Week 3
Critical Thinking & Exploring Topics



Progress Check

  1. Skim "Top Ten Mistakes in Academic Research," The KU Handbook for Writers, pp. 196-200.
  2. Meet with one to three other people and discuss these questions:
    • What obstacles have you met in your research?
    • What are some ways to overcome those obstacles?
    • As a group, what are your top tips for research (list at least three tips).
  3. As a group, choose at least one problem/solution to share with the class.

Avoiding Logical Fallacies

Summarize your reading and thinking about your topic so far.

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Week 4
Research Citations, Plagiarism, & the Formal Research Plan


Check topic exploration draft against rubric (in syllabus) and common errors checklist.

Open-book quiz (use fallacies resources from Week 3 and common errors checklist above)

Preview research plan assignment (100 points).

APA documentation

Homework: Draft research plan

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Week 5
Continuing Research, Plagiarism,
& Prewriting

(Research plan draft due at the beginning of class; you cannot make this up if you have not arranged an extension in advance)

Peer edit Research Plan (100 points)

Exercise: See U5 Exercise Link on KU-ACE

  1. Skim the article on "Top Ten Mistakes in Academic Research" (available in the Doc Sharing area).
  2. With a partner, create a quotation sandwich based on this article.
  3. Cite anything you take from the text, with quotation marks and a parenthetical citation for anything taken word-for-word and a parenthetical citation for tips put into your own words. For your parenthetical citation, use (VanDam & Tysick, 2008).
  4. Compare your version with the original. Look for places where your version is too close to the original in language or organization. Add quotation marks or use more of your own words where necessary.

More practice: Paraphrasing and Pompous Proverbs (ppt)

Organizing Your Argument Paper

  • see Doc Sharing on KU-ACE for c-section paper and reverse outline

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Week 6
(Labor Day Holiday)
Intros, Conclusions, and Constructing the First Draft


No class meeting because of Labor Day holiday. To keep moving

  • If you feel stuck, read "Getting Started on a Draft: Cures for Writer's Block" (prewriting.pdf, available in the Doc Sharing area)
  • For ideas on introductions and conclusions read Hooks & Clinchers handout
  • Draft research paper (150 pts)
  • Draft Rubric (.doc)

Internet Resources

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Week 7
Constructive Collaboration & Peer Reviews

You will not receive credit for your argument drafts unless you have

  • used parenthetical citation
  • provided a reference list
  • and properly cited all material taken from sources.

Drafts will not be accepted after Week 7 unless prior arrangements have been made.


Register for a free TurnItIn account

  • use class ID 3357253 and enrollment password student
  • submit a paper
  • Check your Originality Report (see sample report)

Integrating Sources

APA Review: Correct model paper

Peer edit draft of argument paper (85 points)


  • Revise draft and hand in revised version next week (250 points).

Review Resources

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Week 8
Reflection and Revision; Polishing the Final Paper

Prepare for Presentations
Don McMillan on Life After Death by Powerpoint (mild language, but good examples of things to avoid)

Revising Activity (Dear John)

Plagiarism Review


  • Read "Protect Your R.E.P."
    • Go to search.ebscohost.com
    • select Academic Search Elite database
    • search for Vassallo and protect
    • read the article and identify two ways you can use Vassallo's ideas to revise your papers (15 points)
    • NOTE: If you retrieve the article through Kaplan's online library, search in Academic Search Premier database.
  • Polish final argument paper, if necessary.
  • Prepare an abstract for informal presentation (20 points) next week


Week 9
The Power of the Pen & The Key to Career Advancement

Informal presentations


Informal Presentations:
Informally present results of research (choose executive summary or fact sheet) and turn in final revisions of any assignments.

Final Review


Final Exam (letter about what you learned in this course)

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Week 10
Final Exam
Aug. 6, 10:00-11:45am

Final Exam (letter about what you learned in this course)

Tools for continued progress

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