Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition: CAEX 6055/6056

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SKIL 6055/6056:
Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition

Graduate Writing I - Basic Composition skills is a course designed to help you strengthen your scholarly writing skills, with a focus on critical reading and effective summary.

NOTE: This course is for Masters or Doctoral students only

Cost: Free

($210 + taxes and fees are charged for 2nd and subsequent course attempts)


Course Information

Course Description

In this 6-week course, graduate students take the first step in developing their reading and writing skills for scholarly work. Students read a research article and summarize its parts, thus becoming more familiar with the language, structure, and style of the academic conversation. In addition to summary writing, topics include APA citation, scholarly voice, and revision. Students also maintain a journal of writing feedback they’ve received and apply that feedback to papers for their discipline-specific courses. After completion, students move on to Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills.

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
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much time can I expect to spend on a SKIL course?

Most SKIL courses are 1.5 quarter credits and 1 semester credit. Therefore, according to Walden’s Credit Hour Guidelines, you should expect to spend 42 total hours on SKIL coursework. This translates to 10.5 hours per week for 4-week courses, 7 hours per week for 6-week courses, and 5.25 hours per week for 8-week courses. Note that these numbers are only an estimate, as the actual time spent depends largely on the student and their specific abilities and needs.

Are there any required texts for SKIL courses or workshops?

Most of our courses and workshops require the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (i.e., APA manual). This is the only text we require; other learning resources are built into the classroom.

How are SKIL Courses Graded?

SKIL courses, seminars, and workshops are graded on the S (Satisfactory) / U (Unsatisfactory) system. Grades in SKIL courses do appear on your transcript, but the grades do not impact your Grade Point Average (GPA).


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"From all the years which I have participated in academia, this is the first time where I truly was able to comprehend what writing is about. She instructed so that I was able to understand.  I was/am amazed at her skill set."