Course GEDU 725 | Every spring semester.
General Education course descriptions in the USF General Catalog online.
- Engage in writing tasks that contribute to successful academic writing.
- Become familiar with the APA style as it applies to dissertation writing.
- Assess their writing in terms of how well it positions them as doctoral candidates in the USF academic community.
- Practice different styles of formal writing according to the specifications of the various chapters of the dissertation.
- Have the opportunity to select a portion of their dissertation for a final assignment.
The following represents topics to be investigated during this course:
- Overarching considerations
- Conceptualization of a research topic
- Theoretical framework which forms the base of a study
- Connections among, and between, chapters
- Specific to the dissertation
- Avoidance of passive voice
- Use of verb tense
- Developing habits of "polishing" your writing
- Writing alternative phraseology
- Repetition in the dissertation
- Stylistic differences between dissertation chapters
- Transitions between sections/chapters
- Organizing a manuscript with headings
- Reference citations in text
- Reference list
- Grammatical usage/writing style
- Recognizing sentence fragments
- Detecting comma faults
- Agreement between subject and verb; between pronoun and antecedents
- Correcting errors in case
- Parallelism - Consistency
- Writing/developing paragraphs
- Using transitional expressions for paragraph coherence
- Making paragraphs coherent
- Determining the fundamental purpose
- Planning your writing [constructing outlines]
- Correcting misused words and phrases
Merriam Webster's Manual for Writers & Editors. (1998). Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (2001, 5th Edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Strunk, Jr., W. and White, E.B. (2000). The elements of style. (4th Edition). Needham Heights, Massachusetts: Allyn & Bacon.