Graduate Writing III: Advanced Composition: CAEX 6070/6071

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SKIL 6070/6071:
Graduate Writing III: Advanced Composition

Graduate Writing III - Advanced Composition Skills is a course designed to help you strengthen your scholarly writing skills, with a focus on synthesizing sources and organizing a small-scale literature review.

NOTE: This course is for Master's and Doctoral students who have successfully completed SKIL 6065/6066: Graduate Writing II - Intermediate Composition Skills, or have a 4 or 5 on your Doctoral Writing Assessment.


$210* + applicable taxes and/or fees

*Walden doctoral students who took the Doctoral Writing Assessment and either received a score of 4 or 5, or completed their required graduate writing class(es) may take this course for $0 tuition. Additional taxes or fees may still apply.


Course Information

Course Description

In this 8-week course, students build on already developed paragraph, paraphrasing, and analysis skills. Students explore how to synthesize sources on a topic and organize their ideas into a literature review. They also receive instruction in advanced scholarly voice and APA style nuances. By the end of this course, students should be more comfortable entering the scholarly conversation in their respective fields.

Course Outcomes
  • Demonstrate synthesis
  • Develop a literature review based on independent research
  • Critique colleagues’ writing
  • Apply revision strategies
  • Reflect on writing strengths and areas for improvement
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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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Testimonial 1

"This course was very helpful for improving my writing and I would recommend to any and every doctoral student."



"This was the best writing course I have ever had."



"This should be a required course at the Doctoral level."