Full course description
Course Description: This course is designed to help you prepare for the critical research, reading and writing demands of graduate programs in the United States. The goal is to help you feel more confident and successful in your first year of graduate school. In this course, you will explore a research topic in your field; learn techniques for faster, more focused reading; development critical analysis skills as you explore and evaluate secondary research sources, and sharpen your academic writing skills for research writing. By the end of the course you should have a good foundation for beginning your research in your graduate program and identifying the areas you wish to explore further.
Course Learning Objectives
- Develop the ability to formulate critical reading and academic discussion questions to analyze and assess articles and videos effectively.
- Utilize rubrics and participate in group discussions to evaluate and critique academic summaries and abstracts.
- Demonstrate the capacity to conduct preliminary secondary research in the intended field of study and compile a list of articles focused on a specific sub-topic.
- Analyze academic citations in texts and bibliographies to assess their accuracy and adherence to scholarly conventions.
- Enhance writing skills to edit texts for clarity in rhetoric, organization, tone, and grammar, maintaining a professional standard.
- Assess academic literature reviews through the use of rubrics and collaborative discussions to identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.
- Develop the skill to synthesize information from multiple texts, identifying strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in knowledge, which may warrant further study or investigation.
- Demonstrate proficiency in composing and evaluating professional emails on diverse subjects.
- Formulate a personal growth plan encompassing both academic and skill-based objectives for the first year in a graduate program.
Format: This non-credit course is offered online using the Canvas LMS, over a 6-week period. It is asynchronous, but not self-paced. You will have a total of 56 days to complete the course. The 56 days to complete begins on the day of enrollment and under no circumstances will extensions be given. The course is approximately 45 hours. You should plan to spend about 7 hours per week and will have access to optional office hours. You will be assessed throughout the course to demonstrate proficiency on the subject matter. You must pass all assessments before receiving the course badge.
Refunds: Please note the course price does not include any credit card processing fees required by our vendor. Refunds can be issued within 48 hours of registration; no refunds will be given after the course has begun.
This course will open for enrollment March 26, 2024.