COLL300 Research, Analysis, and Writing (3 semester hours)

Does the thought of writing a research paper make your hair stand on end? Are you postponing certain classes because they require research papers? Do you fear plagiarism more than malaria? If you answered yes to any of these questions, COLL300 is the course for you. COLL300 will help you gain confidence, so you can tackle even the toughest research assignments. You will be guided, step by step, from the beginning to the finished product as you write about a topic that you really want to explore. You will learn how to exercise your curiosity in writing research questions; how to be a detective in gathering and evaluating evidence; how to plan and organize a sturdy framework; how to conquer fears of citing sources and avoiding plagiarism; how to flesh out paragraphs with substantive details; and how to polish your finished paper. You will do all this in a supportive community with plentiful, constructive feedback. Each week will take you closer to becoming a skilled research writer. (Prerequisites: ENGL101 or ENGL110)