Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition: CAEX 6065/6066

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SKIL 6065/6066:
Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition

Graduate Writing II - Intermediate Composition Skills is a course that is designed to help you strengthen your scholarly writing skills, with a focus on paraphrasing, synthesizing, and evaluating main ideas.

NOTE: This course is for Master's and Doctoral students who have successfully completed 6055 or 6056: Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition, or have been recommended to take this course from a course instructor.

Cost: Free

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


Course Information

Course Description

This 6-week course primes graduate students to not only understand a scholarly text but critically read and form an argument based on it. Topics covered include paraphrasing, APA citation, analysis, academic paragraphs, and revising and editing. Students participate in a robust writing community where they practice writing in discussions, keep a feedback journal, and apply their learning to papers for their discipline-specific courses. Through these activities, students should begin to see their place in the scholarly conversation.

Course Outcomes
  • Evaluate scholarly writing skills and strategies for strengths and opportunities for improvement
  • Use a functional writing strategy that incorporates critical reading and research, prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing
  • Write an evaluative essay with cohesive paragraphs that synthesize main ideas
  • Incorporate Instructors’ comments on written work into revised drafts
  • Assess progress with writing skills and strategies
  • 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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"I honestly resented having to take this course, initially, as I am a 4.0 doctoral student. However, I have learned a great deal from the course and therefore am sincerely grateful that I took it. Thank you very much."