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PSYC503 - Introduction to Scholarly and Technical Writing

Course Details

Course Code: PSYC503 Course ID: 4980 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides an overview of the primary concepts, genres and mechanics of academic writing at the graduate and professional level. Students will develop writing and editing skills that will assist them in their success as graduate students and future professionals. Discussions, assignments, readings and editing will be utilized to successfully accomplish the goals of this course.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

In this course, students will:

  1. Distinguish between scholarly and non-scholarly research.
  2. Appraise the relevance of writing purpose and audience.
  3. Identify purpose of different types of academic writing
  4. Analyze and critique academic writing resources
  5. Synthesize scholarly academic research.
  6. Assess personal academic writing knowledge.
  7. Explore the publication process.

Discussions: Due Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8
Weekly dialogs with classmates will be based on engagement with assigned course readings and/or related multi-media and will take place in the online classroom on designated discussions. A set of instructions for each dialog will be posted on its respective discussion by the professor. While designed to promote lively discourse within a community of fellow learners, the dialogs are academic in nature and require a scholarly orientation, with students supporting their perspectives with ideas and concepts from their readings and research. Detailed instructions can be found in the Discussions area of the classroom.

Assignments: Due Weeks 2, 4, 6, 7 & 8

Week 2: Students will review a scholarly article, respond to questions posted, provide a critique of the article and discuss suggestions for future research.

Week 4: Students will gather research on a topic of interest and create an annotated bibliography.

Week 6: Students will use the research from Week 4 to create a Literature Review paper.

Week 7: Students will use the research from Week 4 and Week 6 to create an abstract and introduction.

Week 8: Students will submit a term-project wherein they interview professionals in their field of interest, compile this information, and reflect on the relevance of academic writing.

Discussion Forums

Points

(210 points)

Percentage

(21.00 %)

Week 1 Forum

35

3.5%

Week 3 Forum

35

3.5%

Week 4 Forum

35

3.5%

Week 5 Forum

35

3.5%

Week 7 Forum

35

3.5%

Week 8 Forum

35

3.5%

Papers

Points

(690 points)

Percentage

(69.00 %)

Week 2 Article Analysis

165

16.50 %

Week 4 Annotated Bibliography

165

16.50 %

Week 6 Literature Review

180

18.00 %

Week 7 Abstract & Introduction

180

18.00 %

Course Interview & Reflection Project

100

10%

Singh, A. A., & Lukkarila, L. (2017). Successful academic writing: A complete guide for social and behavioral scientists. New York: Guilford Publications Inc. M.U.A.

http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy2.apus.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=1516720

Book Title:Successful Academic Writing : A Complete Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
ISBN:9781462529391
Publication Info:Guilford Press Lib
Author:Singh
Unit Cost:$21.89
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.