Student Support Courses

Student Support courses are offered on both the quarter and semester schedules and are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. For a brief overview of each course, see the descriptions below. For a more detailed overview of the courses, consult the course catalog 

Register for Classes

To register for a WCSS course please send an e-mail to your academic advisor. For help on contacting your academic advisor, please visit the Academic Advising website.

Skills for Academic Integrity

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of academic integrity and to provide practice using a plagiarism detection tool. Topics include definitions of academic integrity and plagiarism, Walden University academic integrity policy, and strategies for avoiding plagiarism. This course is designed to help students who need extra practice writing with academic integrity and is required for students who have academic integrity violations. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate improvement in writing with academic integrity.

(1 semester credit/1.5 quarter credit)

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A Practical Course in APA Style

This 4-week course focuses on the most relevant aspects of scholarly writing as presented in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Instruction and practice is provided in references and citations, reducing bias in language, headings, lists, statistical and mathematical copy, italics and capitalization, numbers style, and table and figure formatting. The course is designed to help prepare students for successful writing experiences in their coursework and major writing projects. This course focuses on grammar only in regard to APA style nuances. Similarly, while statistics and presentation of research findings are covered in the APA Manual, this course does not offer instruction in the presentation of advanced research nor is it a course in research methods. Weekly assignments are based on the required text, Mastering APA Style: Student’s Workbook and Training Guide.

(1 semester credits/1.5 quarter credits)

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Advanced Reading Strategies

This course is designed for students seeking to enhance key reading competencies. Advanced reading strategies can accelerate comprehension, evaluation, and recall. Students will practice an active approach to reading, gaining skills that will assist in quickly navigating texts. Students can become better consumers of information. Information literacy techniques allow students to evaluate and analyze content with greater ease. This course is appropriate for students preparing for tests of reading-related skills and students in reading-intensive courses.

(2 semester credits/3 quarter credits)

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Graduate Writing I: Evaluative Composition Skills

This course is designed for students to enhance their ability to succeed in Walden’s writing-intensive courses and is recommended for those whose course instructors have encouraged them to enroll in a writing skills course. For graduate-level composition, students must be able to paraphrase, summarize, and evaluate peer-reviewed research while using proper grammar and punctuation. This class is a solid skills refresher to help students with clear and concise graduate-level composition tasks. Through prewriting, drafting, and revising, students will practice the written communication skills necessary to successfully compose course assignments, create discussion board posts, and work to develop an academic voice.

(1 semester credit)

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Graduate Writing II: Persuasive Composition Skills

This course is designed for students to enhance their ability to succeed in Walden’s writing-intensive courses and taking the Graduate Writing I: Evaluative Composition Skills course, which is recommended but is not a prerequisite for this course. Navigating peer-reviewed material, describing and evaluating primary research, and composing strong scholastic arguments takes practice. Analyzing, synthesizing, interpreting, and evaluating primary research are the skills necessary to complete the capstone project, thesis, or dissertation. Students in this course are provided with the written communication tools necessary to complete longer writing projects that necessitate a persuasive academic voice.

(1 semester credit)

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Graduate Writing: Evaluative and Persuasive Composition Skills

This course is designed for students to enhance their ability to succeed in Walden’s writing-intensive courses and is recommended for those whose course instructors have encouraged them to enroll in a writing skills course. For graduate-level composition, students must be able to paraphrase, summarize, and evaluate peer-reviewed research while using graduate-level mechanics. This class provides a solid skills refresher to help students with clear and concise graduate-level composition tasks. Through prewriting, drafting, and revising, students will practice the written communication skills necessary to successfully compose course assignments, create discussion board posts, and write in a scholarly voice. Navigating peer-reviewed material, describing and evaluating primary research, and composing strong scholastic arguments takes practice. Analyzing, synthesizing, interpreting, and evaluating primary research are the skills necessary to complete the capstone project, thesis, or dissertation. This course will provide students with the written communication tools necessary to complete longer writing projects that necessitate a persuasive academic voice.

(3 quarter credits)

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Critical Thinking and Logic

The focus of this course is on the skills students need to read critically and think about complex issues, evaluate the validity of arguments, and construct reasoned arguments with logical conclusions. Students learn techniques for assessing ideas presented in written materials to help readers judge the strengths and weaknesses of other communicators’ arguments. Students learn to develop logically sound, evidence-based arguments to support their ideas and views in their studies and work. Finally, the course offers additional ways for students to bolster their critical-thinking skills by considering succinct writing, logical reasoning, and moral and ethical values.

(2 semester credits/3 quarter credits)

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Communication and Teamwork in a Global Society

This course is no longer being offered.

Graduate Writing for Non-Native English Speakers

This course is designed to improve the academic writing skills of graduate students whose first language is not English. Course readings, activities, and assignments provide models to help students master academic style and create their own writing processes, revise drafts based on instructor and classmate feedback, and edit and proofread final drafts. Establishing these individual processes will hone the analytical and writing skills students need to perform at a graduate level. Major projects include summaries, analyses of academic writing, research, and self-reflection essays, as well as peer reviews.

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Writing a Literature Review

The purpose of this course is to help students write a well-structured, soundly presented critical literature review. The course covers topic selection, research analysis, and writing, editing, and proofreading strategies. Upon completing the course, students will have produced a literature review using a minimum of 15 self-selected research articles. This course is appropriate for master’s and doctoral students who are writing course papers, theses, or dissertations.

(3 semester credits/4.5 quarter credits)

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Succeeding on Academic and Professional Exams

Students are helped to prepare for professional and academic exams, many of which are required for licensure, in this course. Students learn test-taking strategies for computer-based and paper-based exams. They also learn how to recognize and harness test anxiety, assess previous knowledge, manage time, and create a plan of study that allows for success in displaying expertise in an exam setting.

(2 semester credits/3 quarter credits)

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Effective Assignment Strategies

This course is designed for students seeking to improve their skills in daily writing tasks. Losing points on small assignments can contribute to failing grades. Mastering the skills to successfully complete weekly writing assignments is crucial to success in online courses. Students focus on strategies essential for the effective comprehension and completion of assignments, such as discussion posts, discussion follow-up responses, and short analytic papers. Students also focus on library skills, grammar refreshers, and the academic voice necessary to write at an appropriate level for the university. Increased success in daily course writing helps students equip themselves with the skills needed for writing high-quality larger papers common in many courses.

(2 semester credits/3 quarter credits)

What Do Students Say About Writing Courses?

"The graduate writing course was a wonderful experience! It helped to reinforce some practical skills and helped to sharpen all of my writing skills. I went into the course as a confident writer but completed the course as a confident scholar-writer. No matter the skill level, this course has lasting benefits and well worth it!"

-James-Etta G., Walden student

 

"I am extremely happy I took this course; the professor made the class so much fun. I believe everyone should utilize the resources the Walden Writing Center provides."

-William H., Walden student