Instructor - Chad Larson

This is a 10 hour course and costs $75

This course aims to equip students with the skills necessary to write effective assignments at university level. It enables students to pose a research question, understand the nature of a thesis and forms of argumentation, structure their arguments, and write conclusions.

Course Summary

This is both a writing course as well as a course in communication. It imparts essential, transferable skills necessary to support student learning and achievement throughout your program of study and into the workplace environment. You will learn everything from structuring an argument, to communicating critical judgment and effective analysis of prevailing thoughts to produce coherent, unified, and thorough pieces of written communication. If you are a student at university or college, this course will help you to structure your term papers and assignments to write more compelling papers. If you are a working professional, you will learn how to write better reports, and make your work output more professional.

How do I take this course?

This course delivers 10 hours of video lecture presentations on key topics in writing and communication. You can download and print a copy of the presentation slides, and make notes as you follow along. To make it easier to absorb the material, each hour is divided into short segments, of about 15 minutes each. You can watch the segments at your own pace, in your own time. Each segment is followed by a short quiz to help you review, and test yourself about what you have learned.

Do I get a Certificate of Completion?

Yes. On completion of this course, you will be able to print a Certificate of Completion showing the overall average that you achieved in all of the quizzes. You may be able to take this to your university or college to ask for transfer credits, or to your professional association to see if you can be awarded continuing education credits.

This first session shows you how to read critically, paying attention to sentence structure, so that you can recognize a compelling argument. This is the first step to being able to write one of your own.

This session moves on to the role of research in building your argument. Chad Larson discusses the importance of selecting a good research question, which is answerable, but not obvious, so that you start with an interesting and engaging question on which to build your research paper.
Here, Chad Larson shows you the steps that save you time and effort in producing higher-quality writing. This includes selecting a topic, establishing a thesis statement, and laying out the first draft of your argument.
If you have taken Chad Larson's English Composition course, you may find this a welcome refresher. If you have not taken English Composition, you may find this a useful introduction. This session provides a high-level overview of the elements of grammar and punctuation to ensure that the sentences that you write are correct and follow accepted conventions.
This session shows you the very important distinction between a summary and an analysis. If you have ever submitted a paper to your professor, and had him or her comment that your work is “descriptive“ and should be “analytical“, you will welcome having Chad Larson explain to you what that means!
Once you know what analysis is, you can move on in this session to become familiar with different kinds of argumentation. Some kinds of argument are more compelling than others. For instance, if you make an emotional statement, or attack someone's personality, you may be entertaining for a radio show, but you will be a lousy lawyer. Learn to rely on reason, judgment, and critical analysis of opposing viewpoints to build a strong case.
Writing an effective argument means taking responsibility for it, both intellectually, and morally. Academic convention dictates that ideas that are not your own are attributed through references. In this session, Chad Larson shows you when to attribute an idea to its author, and the different styles for making a reference notation.
Synthesis and paraphrasing are necessary elements of argumentation. To build your own case, you have to relate to the reader what opposing or alternative viewpoints might be. Doing so in a way that is not “descriptive“ but “supportive“ of your own argument requires skill. Here, Chad Larson gives you some excellent pointers on how to recognize and address opposing viewpoints.
Here, we get to the crux of your research paper: making your argument. Chad Larson shows you how to build a compelling, strong, and tight argument that is coherent, and internally consistent. This will certainly improve your grade, and it might also help you get a job, get a date, become elected, or win in court... The fact of the matter is that most of what we do is based on the art of rhetoric and persuasion, which depend on sound arguments.
Final checks are always a good idea. In this last session, Chad Larson shows you how to proofread your paper, and make sure it is ship-shape before handing it in to your professor or your supervisor. On behalf of your instructor, Chad Larson, and everyone at Homburg Academy, thanks for taking the course. We hope you've enjoyed it, and benefited from it.

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