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Online English Composition Course

English Composition

Writing is an essential skill in almost any professional career you can name. In this online english composition course, students learn to become better readers and writers. Your goal is to produce clearer, more active sentences, better structured paragraphs, and more coherent and interesting personal and analytical essays. Throughout the semester, class discussions will use the critique of images and videos on art as a stimulus for writing. Students will develop two polished essays that will be presented for peer critique.

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Because the pen is more powerful than the sword

Develop confidence and fluency in your writing

Instructor-Led Course

Feedback from design professionals

Creative Projects

Stretch your skills, grow your portfolio

Learn at Your Own Pace

Self-paced and scheduled programs available

Course Outline

1 - Introduction and Generation

How do you come up with ideas for your writing? In this first lecture, we'll discuss different ways to think about writing and to generate ideas for your essays. We'll also visit the role of grammar and style in effective and clear writing.

2 - Expansion and Revision

This lecture describes some time-tested ways to get from your rough notes to something resembling a complete piece of writing. We'll also explore the topic of how to develop a voice in your writing, in this case an academic voice. Think of this lecture as offering tools that will help you build and shape your work.

3 - Editing and Proofreading

The best writing needs at least one editing and proofreading pass. In this lecture, we'll explore a process that is essential to any good writing, whether it's a design brief or the elusive Great American Novel.

4 - Until I See What I Say: Writing as Conversation

This lecture will offer insight into the two aspects of writing as conversation: how to capture your experience in your writing and how to integrate outside material to enrich your work.

5 - Writing for Academia

So far in this course, we've focused on both the larger issues surrounding academic writing and the nuts and bolts of grammar and punctuation. The content of this lecture falls somewhere in the middle ground: how to write with, around, and in response to others' work, and how to represent the progress of your ideas on the page.

6 - Writing for the Professional World

In the last few lectures, we've been focusing on tools, rules, and techniques for writing the academic essay. Much more important, though, is the chance to practice habits of thought and analysis that will help you become a strong writer, thinker, and creator throughout your professional life and beyond. In this lecture, we'll examine how the writing skills you've developed in this course can be applied in the working world.

Course Outcomes

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Use various strategies for generating ideas for expository writing.
  • Develop an essay outline and flesh out ideas and arguments.
  • Meet expectations for writing and thinking in an academic "voice."
  • Improve the quality of written work through editing and proofreading.
  • Capture the experience of a text or image in writing.
  • Incorporate quotation in writing in an appropriate and effective manner.
  • Avoid plagiarism in writing.
  • Create and communicate structure and flow in a piece writing.
  • Apply strategies for academic writing in a professional context.
  • Identify and correct style and grammar issues such as commonly confused words, commas and semicolons, run-on sentences, comma splices, fragments, modifier and parallelism issues, apostrophe issues, and passive sentences.

Course Registration

Interested in this course? Scheduled enrollment options are available. Ask Admissions about taking this course as part of a degree program.

Course LevelClasses startRegistration FeeTuition
Degree course
3-credit course, 15 week
Jan, Apr, Aug$200$510/credit
* Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for updates to course or program content.

Software and Supplies

To take this course you'll need:

  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • MS Word or equivalent program.

Who’s Teaching

Course developed by Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Getting Started

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Related Programs

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