The Writing Professional program develops written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications. Students will have the opportunity to really break down the writing process and see how it is useful in constructing and finally writing their own work. Students will discover various styles and sentence structures that can alter the meaning and impact of their writing and ensure they have the tools necessary to convey the meaning they intend, communicate their thoughts effectively and clearly and ensure their writing is presented professionally in terms of grammar, spelling and other issues that can otherwise inhibit successful writing.
Students will learn the various techniques appropriate to different writing purposes as well as the different tones and styles applicable to particular contexts (professional, academic, clinical, etc.) In understanding how other sources can help to solidify a piece of writing, students will gain the skills they need to conduct basic research into external sources, what kinds of sources are best used for particular purposes and how best to incorporate this information into their writing in the most effective way possible.
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:
Apply the steps of the writing process
Identify essay components
Write effective and grammatically correct paragraphs
Analyze the role of reading and writing in your academic and professional career
Write effective and grammatically correct essays
Apply strategies to achieve clarity and effective style in writing
Differentiate between the writing pattern types
Identify sentence types, parts of a sentence, and patterns
Discriminate between proper and improper use of punctuation in writing
Apply the proper use of punctuation in writing
Apply the proper use of spelling in writing
Examine strategies and guidelines for writing an effective research paper
Write an effective and grammatically correct research paper
Apply research strategies and methods for finding information
Describe the various information sources available for research
Apply the steps of the writing process and appropriate research and citation methods to write essays, literary analyses, and research papers
Critique writing samples in terms of style, substance, and appropriate research and citation methods
Differentiate between the writing styles required by the different disciplines
Differentiate between the MLA, APA, and Chicago style guides
There are no specific prerequisites for this program. Students will need access to both a computer and the internet. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.
This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.
Patricia has a degree in Medical Assisting from The Career College of Northern Nevada, Dental Assisting from the Community College of the Air Force, and is currently working on her B.S. in Criminal Justice Studies from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. She has over 10 years of experience working in doctors’ offices and has been an Air Force Reservist since 2009. She has worked as an instructor for multiple schools over the last 4 years teaching medical and dental assistant curriculum, as well as OSHA safety requirements and career development.
This program does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.