Course Overview

This course focuses on English language grammar, usage, mechanics, and style for successful academic writing in the health professions. Students will learn how to use strategies to improve the quality, clarity, and structure of their writing at the sentence level primarily, with some attention to the paragraph and paper levels. The course introduces students to North American academic writing standards; it is ideal for multilingual or native English-speaking students looking to prepare for the rigors of graduate-level writing.

SemesterStart DateEnd Date
Summer 2024May 28, 2024July 8, 2024
Fall 2024September 3, 2024October 18, 2024


Note: This course is offered during an accelerated 6-week term.

Type Lecture


Nada Jovanovic, MFA


1 undergraduate


Online Self-Paced




$540.00 (Fees included)

What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous – there are no required meeting times.

Course activities are organized into modules that are usually 1 week in length. 

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule. 

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a general idea of what you can expect from a typical week. 

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Self Directed Learning

  • Reading short book excerpts, articles
  • Watching mini-lectures, videos


  • Content checks
  • Knowledge application
  • Quizzes
Total Time 2-5
  • Grammar/sentence structure: parts of speech/parts of a sentence, subject-verb agreement, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, parallelism, noun clusters, syntax, misplaced and dangling modifiers, avoiding shifts in voice, person, number, and verb tense  
  • Mechanics of style: punctuation, spelling, capitalization, italics, abbreviations, numbers 
  • Usage: word choice, tone/professionalism, bias-free language, avoiding colloquialisms 
  • Strategies and techniques to improve your writing: varying sentence structure, being concise, passive/active voice, guiding the reader, revision, cohesion, clarity, outlining, reading to learn 
  • North American academic writing standards: intro to community discourse, common paper formats, citations & references, plagiarism, APA & AMA styles 

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Not needed
Lab Kit / Supplies Not needed
Web-Based Learning Application Not needed
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Required
Ability to video conference Recommended
Ability to upload images/videos Not needed

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to video conference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty

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Writing Center Director Office of Student Affairs & Services

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