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ASC Courses and Workshops: WCSS 6050: Grad Writing I - Basic Comp Skills

WCSS 6050: Graduate Writing I - Basic Composition Skills

Ideal Students

  • Graduate students who want to strengthen their scholarly writing skills, with a focus on critical reading and effective summary
  • Those graduate students whose course instructors have encouraged them to enroll in a writing skills course
  • NOTE: Graduate students only (master's or doctoral).

Course Description

In this 8-week course, students study effective writing processes to advance their scholarly writing skills. The course is designed to help prepare master’s and doctoral students for successful writing experiences at Walden, including writing-intensive coursework. In a supportive environment, students practice the core concepts of critical reading, prewriting, drafting, and revising and practice applying those concepts through discussions and a variety of assignments, including a final 1-page summary of a selected journal article. Students also complete an assessment of their skills and a personal plan for continued development of their scholarly writing.  

Course Outcomes

  • Evaluate scholarly writing for strengths and weaknesses
  • Use a functional writing process that incorporates critical reading, prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing
  • Write clear and mechanically correct sentences and paragraphs in standard English
  • Incorporate Instructors’ comments on written work into revised drafts
  • Write an evaluative essay with cohesive paragraphs that summarizes main ideas
  • Assess progress with writing skills
  • Develop a plan for continued learning of scholarly writing

To Register

Please send an e-mail to your academic advisor. Click here to get information on contacting academic advising.


This course costs $195. This amount does not include any applicable taxes and/or fees. 

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