GISW ELEMECML 4186/5186 Studies in Graduate-Level Writing -- 3 unit(s)

This course is appropriate for graduate students, undergraduate students planning to pursue graduate degrees or anyone interested in professional participation in a research-based writing community. Receive individualized feedback on written assignments, as well as evaluation of your formal writing based on your own long-term professional goals and your short-term goals for each piece of communication.

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Course syllabus
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Course notes
Guided Independent Study courses are not ordinarily applied toward a graduate degree at UNI. Consult with your advisor about the applicability of course work toward your degree requirements.

GIS Web IconThis course is available in an online format, utilizing web pages and eLearning, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Students may need access to someone who can assist with computer set-up.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) distribution area
Students working toward their Bachelor of Liberal Studies may apply credit earned in this course to their degree. This Guided Independent Study course is applicable to the Professional Fields distribution area. Learn more about the BLS degree program.
Deanne Gute, Instructor

Locke, L. F., Silverman, S. J., & Spirduso, W. W. Reading and Understanding Research. 2010/3rd edition. Los Angeles: Sage.

Available new, used, in e-book form, and as a rental at Available new and used from

Graff, G., & Birkenstein, C. They Say, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 2006. New York: WW Norton.

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Additional Course Materials

Additional readings are assigned online. You may not need to buy, but will definitely need access to, the manual of style required in your discipline (for example, in psychology, education, and other fields, APA is required; in the humanities and literature, MLA is generally the required style; Chicago style is preferred in history and political science. For other areas of specialization, there are specialized styles such as ASA, American Sociological Association style, CSE, Council of Science Editors style, and AAA, American Anthropological Association style.). Web links to helpful resources, including citation style guides, are provided with many assignments.

University Book and Supply (UBS) carries most books used in GIS courses. Search for textbooks by course choosing "UNIV.NORTHERN IOWA" and the term you are enrolled in and GSW (web) or GSP (print) for the section.

Visit UBS at 1009 West 23rd Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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