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Kickstart Your Academic Writing is a Course

Kickstart Your Academic Writing

Ended Sep 30, 2016

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Full course description

Course Date:

Jul 11 - Sep 30, 2016


8 weeks


3 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate


This course is designed to develop undergraduate research writing skills. Writing in an academic community has a certain set of "conventions" and formats unique to the specialized purposes it serves. Research assignments are the most common and most challenging writing tasks you will be engaged in as an undergraduate and certainly as a graduate student. This course focuses on helping you become aware of the expectations of this specialized form of writing and guides you through the research resources specific to a university library and to the formats and styles expected in writing a college research paper.


  • Communicate research findings and original ideas in clear, logical, academic writing.
  • Apply compositional principles and syntactical, lexical, and stylistic conventions of American English to academic writing.
  • Write and revise collaboratively for an academic audience.
  • Evaluate and document research sources and cite sources in APA style.
  • Apply technical knowledge and experience to participation in the online environment.

Course Instructors

Dr. Patty Feito

Dr. Patty Feito

Lead Instructor

Dr. Patty Feito is an Associate Professor of English for the School of Professional And Career Education. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California where she specialized in literary modernism, the novel, critical theory, and composition theory.

Cecilia Fernandez

Cecilia Fernandez

Teaching Assistant

Cecilia Fernandez is the Teaching Assistant. She began her writing career at the University of California-Berkeley where she reported for the campus newspaper, the Daily Californian, and edited the campus magazine, The Pelican. After earning a degree in journalism, she worked on the staffs of The Stockton Record, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Hollywood Sun-Tattler. She moved into broadcast journalism, reporting, and producing for WPBT, The Associated Press Radio, WSVN, WLTV, WSCV, Telemundo Productions, and National Public Radio. She teaches composition and literature at Broward College and Palm Beach State College.