Excellent English: A Writing Review - Part III: Achieving Clear and Concise Writing

Course Name

Excellent English: A Writing Review - Part III: Achieving Clear and Concise Writing

Contact Hours: 10

Course Description

This is the third of three review courses that together provide an in-depth review of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, sentence structure and clarity. While it is preferable that students take all three courses in sequence, they may also pick and choose the individual courses that suit their needs. Part III of the review will help the student develop a clear, concise, and dynamic writing style. Exercises, tutoring and mastery quizzes help students understand the concepts and revise their own writing to be more clear, concise, and dynamic. Topics include clear reference; using synonyms and transitions; avoiding redundancy and achieving concise, strong sentences; appropriate use of jargon; effective use of invented words; choosing strong verbs, etc.

Outcome

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Generate clear, concise and dynamic writing.
  • Recognize and revise redundancy, wordiness, weak constructions and passive verbs.
  • Use jargon appropriately.
  • Use logical transitions.

Assessment

  • Students will complete a variety of exercises that reinforce the material.
  • After each lesson, students will take a multiple-choice quiz.
  • After the final lesson, students will take a multiple-choice exam.

Outline

  1. Generate clear, concise and dynamic writing.
  2. Recognize and revise redundancy, wordiness, weak constructions and passive verbs.
  3. Use jargon appropriately.
  4. Use logical transitions.