Transitioning from Undergraduate to Graduate Writing: CAEX 4000

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SKIL 4000:
Transitioning from Undergraduate to Graduate Writing

Transitioning from Undergraduate to Graduate Writing is a course designed to help undergraduate students planning to pursue a graduate degree, or a student entering a graduate program who have been out of school for a while.

NOTE: This course has prerequisites that include 40 completed program credits; completion of ENGL 1010/1015S

Cost: Free

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

Course Information

Course Description

In this 6-week course, students transitioning from undergraduate to graduate writing learn how to identify scholarly writing, critically read and evaluate sources, and practice scholarly voice. Students demonstrate their scholarly writing skills by completing a 1- to 2-page paper in which they compare and contrast two peer-reviewed articles. Students also receive instruction in basic APA paraphrasing and citation.

Course Outcomes
  • Analyze scholarly writing
  • Apply critical reading and thinking
  • Synthesize scholarly articles
  • Evaluate scholarly writing
  • Apply APA documentation style
  • Apply scholarly voice 
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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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