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Course Introduction

This is the third course in the Academic English: Writing specialization, and it is a more advanced writing course. It will help you raise the level of your writing and make you more aware of the type of writing you can expect in college. You’ll learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it using correct MLA citations. Also, you'll learn to write a synthesis essay, which will help develop your critical thinking skills. Finally, you’ll write a documented essay, which will help further enhance your skill of using outside sources in your writing.

1 video (Total 1 min), 4 readings
4 readings
Pre-Course Survey10m
Writing Levels10m
Message about Opinions10m
Message About Peer Reviews10m
6 hours to complete

Advanced Argument Essays

In the previous class, you learned about writing argument essays. Here you're going to learn how to make your essays more academic by writing more body paragraphs and adding support from outside sources. You will write a new argument essay, and since you already know how to write an argument, this will be a good way to practice using sources. You will also start learning about MLA format.

2 videos (Total 16 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
9 readings
Introduction to Using Sources10m
Practice Using Sources Effectively10m
Practice Integrating Quotes Effectively10m
Writing Longer Essays10m
Types of Paragraphs Practice10m
Advanced Argument Essay Assignment10m
Sample Advanced Argument Essay10m
Check Your Essay10m
Quiz Instructions10m
1 practice exercise
Advanced Argument Quiz14m
4 hours to complete

Avoiding Plagiarism

The topic of this module is very important for you to know about before you start taking college classes. Plagiarism is a kind of academic dishonesty that gets students into big trouble or even gets them dismissed from school. In this module, you will learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

3 videos (Total 11 min), 7 readings, 3 quizzes
7 readings
Introduction to Plagiarism10m
What is Plagiarism? - Learning Objectives10m
How to Avoid Plagiarism - Learning Objectives10m
More On Plagiarism10m
Plagiarism Practice10m
Plagiarism Game10m
Quiz Instructions10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz6m
Plagiarism Quiz10m
8 hours to complete

Synthesis Essay

In college classes, you will often be asked to read several articles and write an essay about an idea you form from reading the articles. This kind of essay is called a synthesis essay. In this module, you will be given two lists of articles to choose from. You will need to read the articles on your list and then write a synthesis essay. You will use sources from the articles to support your own ideas.

4 videos (Total 20 min), 8 readings, 4 quizzes
8 readings
Readings on Plagiarism in Music10m
Synthesis Essay Readings10m
Synthesis Essay Assignment10m
Using Sources Review10m
Sample Synthesis Essay10m
MLA Format Basics Objectives10m
Check Your Essay10m
Quiz Instructions10m
1 practice exercise
Synthesis Essay Quiz14m
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Top reviews from Advanced Writing

By DBAug 17th 2016

An absolutely wonderful course! I learned a lot about advanced essay writing. I think it is a must-take course for those who are interested in writing academic and research essays!

By MAMay 11th 2019

This course was so much useful for writing especially for essay and another writing.\n\nBy this kink of course we are able to write an interesting essay.\n\nthank so much Coursera



Tamy Chapman

Instructor, International Programs
University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education

Helen Nam

International Programs, UCI Extension

About University of California, Irvine

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways....

About the Academic English: Writing Specialization

The skills taught in this Specialization will empower you to succeed in any college-level course or professional field. You’ll learn to conduct rigorous academic research and to express your ideas clearly in an academic format. In the final Capstone Project, all the knowledge that you’ve gained over the span of these courses will culminate into an academic research paper on an issue of your choice....
Academic English: Writing

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