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SPH Writing Support Services: Getting Started: Mini-courses & Workshops

Getting started with SPH Writing Support Services

Fall 2018 Mini-courses on Academic Writing and Grammar

1. English Grammar for Academic Writers (Tuesdays, 1:30pm—3:30pm)

This course is designed for graduate students who are motivated to improve or enhance their writing skills by practicing English grammar that is essential for successful academic writing. It focuses on grammatical issues commonly found in graduate student writing in North American colleges and universities. This practice-based course will be taught using an inductive approach. Students are thus required to bring a laptop to each class in order to access course material and complete in-class exercises. For more information or to register for this four-week course, please e-mail Dr. Zhiling (Willa) Wu at Zhiling.Wu@uth.tmc.edu.

2. Academic Writing for Graduate Students (Wednesdays, 10:00am—12:00pm)

This course is designed for graduate students who are motivated to improve or enhance their writing by developing and applying academic writing skills that are critical for successful graduate writing and research. It focuses on various rhetorical approaches and formats and structures within discipline-specific genres. Students will study the rhetorical strategies used in disciplinary research at the graduate level; they will also intensively read a range of academic genres and practice writing a literature review. Students are thus required to bring a laptop to each class, to be prepared by completing all assignments, and to meet one-on-one with the instructor on a regular basis. For more information or to register for this six-week course, please e-mail Dr. Patricia McEvoy-Jamil at Patricia.A.McEvoyJamil@uth.tmc.edu.

Summer 2018 Mini-courses on Grammar and Writing Style

This Summer 2018 term, Writing Support Services is offering two FREE mini-courses starting the week of July 9, 2018. Each mini-course will meet two (2) hours per week for a total of four (4) weeks.

1. Advanced English Grammar and Punctuation for Graduate Students (July 10–July 31: Tuesdays, 10:00am–12:00pm)

This course, which builds on the “Fundamentals of English Grammar for Academic Writers” course, is designed for graduate students who want to further improve their academic writing by focusing on grammatical issues and punctuation errors commonly found in graduate writing. Students should have a knowledge of basic English grammar, including the eight parts of speech and their functions in sentences; the verb types, moods, tenses, and voice as well as their uses in scientific writing; and the types of phrases, independent clauses, and dependent clauses as well as their roles in building sentences. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to (a) use semicolons and commas with coordinate and non-coordinate (cumulative) adjectives, phrases, independent clauses, and dependent clauses; (b) fix comma splices, run-on sentences, and fragments; and (c) use commas and semicolons with conjunctive adverbs and transitional expressions. Students are required to bring a laptop to each class in order to access course material and complete in-class exercises. To register for this course, please e-mail Dr. Patricia McEvoy-Jamil at Patricia.A.McEvoyJamil@uth.tmc.edu.

2. Academic Writing Style (July 11–August 1: Wednesdays, 10:00am–12:00pm)

This course is designed to familiarize graduate students with the stylistic choices preferred in English academic writing including word choice, flow, and concision. Students should have one finished academic paper, such as a writing assignment for a previous course, that they want to further improve in terms of style; students will apply the stylistic principles learned to their own paper throughout the term. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to (a) understand the general conventions required explicitly and implicitly in American academic writing style, (b) make informed stylistic choices in academic writing, and (c) identify and fix their own stylistic flaws while editing their own writing. Students are required to bring a laptop to each class in order to access course material and complete in-class exercises. To register for this course, please e-mail Dr. Zhiling (Willa) Wu at Zhiling.Wu@uth.tmc.edu.

Fall 2017 Mini-courses on Grammar

This Fall 2017 term, Writing Support Services is offering two FREE mini-courses starting the week of November 13, 2017.  Each mini-course will meet two (2) hours per week for a total of four (4) weeks. 

1. Fundamentals of English Grammar for Academic Writers (Tuesdays, 10:00am—12:00pm)

This course is designed for graduate students who want to improve their academic writing by “brushing up” on the fundamentals of English grammar. It focuses on grammatical issues commonly found in graduate student writing, such as the appropriate use of verb tenses. Students also have individual weekly meetings with the instructor and receive feedback on their own writing. To register for this course, please e-mail Dr. Patricia McEvoy-Jamil at Patricia.A.McEvoyJamil@uth.tmc.edu.

2. English Grammar for ESL/International Academic Writers (Thursdays, 2:00pm—4:00pm)

This course is designed for ESL/international graduate students who want to improve their writing by practicing English grammar that is essential for successful academic writing. It focuses on grammatical issues commonly found in ESL/international graduate student writing in North American colleges and universities. This practice-based course will be taught using an inductive approach. To register for this course, please e-mail Dr. Zhiling (Willa) Wu at Zhiling.Wu@uth.tmc.edu.

Summer 2017 Mini-Courses on Academic Writing

Writing Support Services is offering two mini-courses (non-credit) to help School of Public Health students improve or enhance their writing skills: “Grammar for Academic Writing“ and “Academic Writing for Graduate Students.” Each mini-course will deliver practice-based instruction to provide students with grammatical and rhetorical principles and strategies to write effectively at the graduate level. Each mini-course will be offered twice a week (a morning session and an afternoon session), as well as face-to-face and online via Meet@UTHealth.  

Both mini-courses are FREE, but they require registration. To register for a mini-course, please complete a registration form and either e-mail it to Writing Support Services (SPHWritingHub@uth.tmc.edu) or bring it with you to the first class meeting. 

***REGISTRATION FOR THE "GRAMMAR FOR ACADEMIC WRITING" MINI-COURSE IS CLOSED***

***REGISTRATION FOR THE "ACADEMIC WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS" MINI-COURSE IS CLOSED***

Workshop on APA Style

Graduate students need to choose the appropriate style to format their academic papers and document their research sources in them. The American Psychological Association (APA) Style is used frequently to format papers and cite research studies in the social, behavioral, and natural sciences. This interactive workshop presents an overview of APA Style, explains APA Style formatting requirements, and provides an opportunity to practice using APA Style.

The workshop will be conducted on Tuesday, February 28 (RAS W-216) & Thursday, March 9 (RAS E-605) from 12:30PM to 1:40PM with ITV to all campuses.  All students are welcome.  

If you have questions about the workshop, in particular, or about writing, in general, please contact Writing Support Services at SPHWritingHub@uth.tmc.edu

Workshop on Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious offense that confronts everyone in academia, but not everyone knows what plagiarism is or how to avoid it.  

To help you understand plagiarism, SPH Writing Support Services will be hosting a special workshop: “Plagiarism: How to Identify and Avoid It.”  

The workshop will be conducted as part of the writing course, “Foundations of Scientific Writing,” on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from 1:00PM to 2:00PM in RAS E-725 and via ITV to all campuses.  All students are welcome.  

If you have questions about the workshop, in particular, or about writing, in general, please contact Writing Support Services at SPHWritingHub@uth.tmc.edu.