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Graduate Transitional Program
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Developed by Professor Silvia R. Spence

  • write research papers that are organized, supported and gramatically accurate
  • collect, evaluate, organize and synthesize information from electronic databases and other Internet sources
  • summarize, paraphrase and document information
  • revise and edit writing
  • analyze case studies in work teams
  • prepare and deliver oral presentations with effective PowerPoint shows
  • practice independent learning strategies

Writing the Research Paper (GLS 470)
This course provides the skills necessary to develop and produce a secondary research paper at the graduate level.  Students learn to search and evaluate electronic sources, practice effective reading strategies, take notes, paraphrase, summarize, synthesize and document sources. Course assignments allow students to experience the research process from narrowing the research focus and preparing a working bibliography, to developing a thesis statement and outline, writing and revising drafts, and editing the final copy.
Grammar for Writers (GLS 471)
This course focuses on correct usage of complex sentence structures and advanced grammatical forms as required to produce a graduate level paper. Topics addressed include combining ideas using subordination, identifying and correcting common sentence problems, and mastering verb tenses and verb forms. Samples of students' own writing are used to practice proofreading and editing skills. In addition, independent learning strategies such as using resources, self-editing and peer collaboration are practiced
Team Work/Oral Presentation (GLS 472)
In this course, instruction and practice focus on working effectively in teams to analyze cases, and plan and deliver presentations using PowerPoint. Employing topics that include career development, international negotiation, and environmental issues, strategies are introduced to facilitate oral communication in both group discussions and oral presentations. Self-assessment and group dynamics evaluation are practiced as strategies contributing to effective team work.
Career Development
International Business Negotiations
Environmental Issues
Employee Motivation
Management Styles
Marketing Strategies
Case Studies
Research Project
PowerPoint Presentations
Planning                Using graphic organizers
Collaborating          Notetaking 
Using resources     Accessing previous knowledge
Annotating text       Self-assessement
Peer Review          Process Writing

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