Principles and Practice of Writing for Graduate Students
What is GC 512?
- GC 512 provides students with the principles and practices to write according to the conventions of academic English and to communicate with specialist and nonspecialist audiences. The course was designed for doctoral students who have completed at least 32 credit hours in their PhD program.
- During the fall and spring semesters, we offer one section for STEM students and one section for students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In the summer, we endeavor to offer one “mixed” section (STEM and non-STEM combined). While we occasionally experiment with a relaxation of the 32-credit-hour requirement, students who have completed all/most their coursework and who have a significant writing project underway benefit the most.
How do I register?
When does GC 512 meet?
- STEM section (CRN 40746): Wednesdays, 3:30-6:20 pm
- Arts, humanities, and social sciences (CRN 39467): Thursdays, 3:00 – 5:50 pm
Course learning outcomes
1. write according to the conventions of academic English
- at the sentence level: use various types of clauses, make appropriate verb choices, avoid needless complexity and jargon
- at the paragraph level: write clear topic sentences, employ smooth transitions within paragraphs, and create coherence across paragraphs
2. use a writing process prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, submitting to successfully complete academic writing assignments
3. identify strengths and weaknesses in a text
4. create effective posters and/or PowerPoint presentations
5. communicate effectively with specialist and nonspecialist audiences