Com 156 Syllabus

Axia College/College of Humanities
COM/156 Version 4
University Composition and Communication II
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Course Description

This course builds upon the foundations established in COM/155. It addresses the various rhetorical modes necessary for effective college essays: narration, illustration, description, process analysis, classification, definition, comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and argumentation. In addition, requirements for research essays, including the use of outside sources and appropriate formatting, are considered.


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Course Materials

McLean, S. (2011). Writing for success (1st ed.). Irvington, NY: Flat World Knowledge, Inc.

Axia College’s Short Form Writing Style Handbook, available online via your student web page.

Axia College’s Writing Style Handbook, available online at

All electronic materials are available on the student website.

Week One: Writing Basics: Audience, Purpose, and the Process
Details Due Points
Objectives 1.1 Identify strategies for successful writing.
1.2 Determine appropriate purpose, audience, and content for the writing process.
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