Course Description

We know that effective writing will help students in their coursework but it's equally important to write well in the workplace. If a job interviewer is considering two qualified candidates, the candidate who can write well will have the edge. If you're interested in improving your basic writing beyond correct grammar and punctuation, this course will help you. The more you write, the more confidence you will have in your abilities as a writer.
 
The best grammar and punctuation in the world can still produce average or even poor writing if you don't know how to use the sentences properly or which type of sentence works best to get your point across.  By the same token, if you can write lyrical sentences but you string them together into paragraphs that are a tangled mess, the sense and impact of each sentence is lost.
This course is designed to give students the most flexibility and independence. You set your own schedule and learn at your convenience. Just because this course is online doesn't mean you're left on your own. The instructor will be reviewing and grading assignments and is always available to answer questions through email.
 
This course assumes you have a high school reading and writing level in English, and that you understand sentence structure, grammar and punctuation.
  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Refine sentences.
  • Create logical paragraph structures.
  • Write by showing and not telling.
  • Describe point of view and use it appropriately.
  • Write dialog.
  • Demonstrate writing interior monologue.
  • Demonstrate writing proportionately and with sophistication.
  • Identify poor phrasing and use appropriate substitutions.
  • Demonstrate proofreading skills.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Introductions 1 points
Lesson 2.1 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 2.2 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 2.3 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 2 Exam 5 points
Lesson 3.1 Assignment - Paragraph Writing 5 points
Lesson 3.2 Assignment - Exercise on Paragraph Writing 10 points
Lesson 3.3 Assignment - Paragraph Writing 10 points
Lesson 3 Exam 3 points
Lesson 4.1 Assignment - Narrative Paragraph 10 points
Lesson 4.2 Assignment - Descriptive Paragraph 10 points
Lesson 4.3 Assignment - Expository Paragraph 10 points
Lesson 4 Exam 3 points
Lesson 5 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 5 Exam 5 points
Lesson 6 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 6 Exam 3 points
Lesson 7.1 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 7.2 Assignment - Dialogue Writing 10 points
Lesson 7.3 Assignment - Dialogue Writing 10 points
Lesson 7 Exam 5 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 8 Exam 4 points
Lesson 9 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 9 Exam 5 points
Lesson 10 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 10 Exam 5 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 12.1 Assignment 5 points
Lesson 12.2 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 12 Exam 5 points
THE FINAL EXAM 60 points
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