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Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week...
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Subtitles: English, Hindi, Persian...
Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Hindi, Persian...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
21 minutes to complete

Course Introduction

This is the last course in the Academic English: Writing specialization. In this course, you will learn all of the steps to writing a research paper. You will learn how to choose topics, where to do your research, and how to plan the research paper. You will also master your understanding of using sources and avoiding plagiarism. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 2 readings
Reading2 readings
Pre-Course Survey10m
Message About Peer Reviews10m
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Introduction to Research

In this first module, you will learn about research assignments in American universities. You will practice choosing topics for different assignments. Then you will learn about choosing academic sources and evaluating them for reliability. These are important steps for getting your research off to a good start for any research assignment....
Reading
3 videos (Total 18 min), 6 readings, 4 quizzes
Video3 videos
Choosing a Research Topic Video Lecture7m
Finding and Evaluating Academic Sources Video Lecture10m
Reading6 readings
Introduction to Research Writing10m
Lecture Objectives10m
Sample Research Assignments10m
Choosing Search Terms Practice10m
Lecture Objectives10m
Evaluating Sources Practice10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz6m
Introduction to Research Quiz14m
Week
2
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Doing Research and Planning the Paper

In this module, you will learn more about finding sources. Then you'll learn about how to be organized in your research by taking good notes on your sources. Also, you'll learn about writing an annotated bibliography, which is a common assignment when writing a research paper in college....
Reading
4 videos (Total 14 min), 8 readings, 5 quizzes
Video4 videos
More on Finding Sources and Taking Notes Video Lecture7m
Making an Outline Video Lecture2m
Thesis Statements for Research Papers Video Lecture3m
Reading8 readings
Lecture Objectives10m
Creating an Annotated Bibliography10m
Sample Annotated Bibliographies10m
Annotated Bibliography Assignment10m
Making an Outline10m
Lecture Objectives10m
Lecture Objectives10m
Thesis Statements for Research Papers Practice10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz4m
Practice Quiz4m
Doing Research Quiz14m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Language for Research Writing

In this module, you'll learn about the language used in writing a research paper. You'll learn about academic tone and language. Then you'll learn about using statistics and words from the Academic Word List in your writing....
Reading
4 videos (Total 21 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
Video4 videos
Academic Tone and Language Video Lecture7m
Using Statistics in Writing Video Lecture5m
The Academic Word List and Reporting Verbs Video Lecture7m
Reading9 readings
Lecture Objectives10m
Academic Tone and Language Practices10m
Academic Tone and Language Practice Key10m
Lecture Objectives10m
Using Statistics for Writing Practice10m
Additional Resources on Using Statistics10m
Academic Word List and Reported Speech Introduction10m
Lecture Objectives10m
Academic Word List Practice10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz6m
Language for Research Quiz16m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

More on Citing Sources and Formatting

In this last module, you will learn more about citing sources in your research paper. You'll review MLA format and learn a little bit about APA format. Finally, you'll learn about some online resources that will make formatting your papers much easier....
Reading
3 videos (Total 10 min), 9 readings, 4 quizzes
Video3 videos
Using Purdue Owl Video Lecture5m
Using EasyBib Video Lecture3m
Reading9 readings
Citing Sources Overview10m
Updates to MLA Format10m
Lecture Objectives10m
Purdue Owl Practice10m
Resources for Formatting Research Papers10m
Lecture Objectives10m
EasyBib Practice10m
EasyBib Practice Key10m
Learn More!10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz4m
Practice Quiz4m
Citing Sources and Formatting Quiz10m
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Top Reviews

By MMJul 18th 2018

This course was very helpful in establishing good practices in writing research papers. It equips the students with the necessary resources to help write a strong research paper.

By NPJul 3rd 2017

It is very good course for beginner, Moreover during my course period I have understand very valuable things about how to write a good research paper.

Instructors

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Tamy Chapman

Instructor, International Programs
University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education
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Helen Nam

Instructor
International Programs, UCI Extension

About University of California, Irvine

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways....

About the Academic English: Writing Specialization

The skills taught in this Specialization will empower you to succeed in any college-level course or professional field. You’ll learn to conduct rigorous academic research and to express your ideas clearly in an academic format. In the final Capstone Project, all the knowledge that you’ve gained over the span of these courses will culminate into an academic research paper on an issue of your choice....
Academic English: Writing

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