Duke University

English Composition I

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Dr. Denise Comer

Instructor: Dr. Denise Comer

4.6

(1,117 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
25 hours to complete
3 weeks at 8 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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There are 10 modules in this course

To start our course, we will examine your own writing process and what it means to respond to the writing of others. We will also think about what academic writing means.

What's included

4 videos2 readings2 discussion prompts

This week will concentrate on the skill of reading critically. Additionally, we will learn about the conventions of academic writing, including integrating evidence and schools of citation. Finally, you are encouraged to write your own critical review of "The Sweet Spot." This is an optional writing assignment, but it is a requirement to receive a honor's certificate.

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5 videos5 readings1 quiz7 discussion prompts

This week, the central topic is visual images in academic writing. The goal is to practice interpreting and writing about images convincingly. Plus, Dr. Comer will help you think about what area of inquiry you would like to focus on in this course and what it means to write a draft. Finally, you will write your visual analysis and learn how to give meaningful feedback.

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9 videos5 readings1 quiz9 discussion prompts

Based on the feedback of your colleagues improve your visual analysis. After you receive feedback on your final submission, submit a self-reflection quiz about your experience writing this project.

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4 videos2 readings2 quizzes

This week, various aspects of effective research will be discussed, such as creating an annotated bibliography, research strategies, and avoiding plagiarism. You will conduct research for your next project, a case study, contribute to an annotated bibliography, and submit your case study draft.

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6 videos4 readings1 quiz10 discussion prompts

In preparation for improving your case study, Professor Comer will present strategies of writing more cohesively. After receiving your final feedback, please submit a self-reflection about this project.

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3 videos3 readings2 quizzes

This week, Professor Comer introduces the idea of public scholarship, how academic writing can be transformed for a broader public. Her guest, David Jarmul, will give an overview of how to write an op-ed. You will then have the opportunity to write your own.

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6 videos2 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

This week Professor Comer will address the topic of concise writing; how to convey meaning with fewer words. Your task is to rewrite your op-ed.

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2 videos2 readings2 quizzes

This final week is dedicated to how to move forward with your writing and apply the skills learned in this course to new contexts. Your final assignment is a self-reflection about your development as a writer over the last several weeks.

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2 videos1 quiz

Additional videos that highlight differences in academic writing across disciplines.

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17 videos

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Dr. Denise Comer
Duke University
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