|Introduces basic skills of academic research writing and logical thinking to help graduate students develop from readers into academic writers. Participants produce a preliminary abstract for a major paper—typically their graduation thesis—and deliver an oral presentation analyzing a research paper in their field.
Uses group discussion among participants (including the instructor and all students). For this reason, all participants must be able to communicate in spoken and written English. Participants should be prepared to discuss actively. This includes asking questions and sharing your ideas.
|Tentative schedule (this could change)
1. What is academic writing?
2. Audience and purpose in academic writing.
3. What is plagiarism? Why is it a problem?
4. What is a research question? How do I make one?
5. What is a thesis statement? How do I write one?
6. Logical argument I: Deductive reasoning
7. Logical argument II: Inductive reasoning
8. Basics of research design
9. Writing strong thesis statements
10. What is an abstract?
11. Writing the abstract
12. Logical, rhetorical, and statistical fallacies
13. Student presentations
14. Student presentations
15. Final abstracts
|Readings provided by the instructor or online|
|Students who enroll for course credit are required to meet the following conditions: attend at least 80% of meetings; write one abstract; deliver one oral presentation. Students who wish to observe the course for no credit may request to do so.|