Introduction to Graduate Research, Analysis and Exposition

This course is designed to provide you with experience on scholarly research, analysis, writing and oral expression at the graduate level. Dr. Deborah Barrett is your guide.

This course is designed to provide students experience with scholarly research, analysis, writing and oral expression at the graduate level. Students will learn the analytical approaches used in reading, performing research and writing in the disciplines represented in the MLS program—the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

The objectives of the course are to develop the students’ abilities to do the following:

+ Perform library or Internet scholarly research at a graduate level;
+ Conduct graduate-level analysis of representative graduate-level readings and topics similar to those they will encounter in their MLS program at Rice;
+ Demonstrate the advanced analytical and critical thinking abilities required inside and outside of the graduate classroom;
+ Express the results of scholarly research and analysis and their original ideas in the written formats that meet the criteria for graduate-level essays, papers, and reports; and
+ Use oral expression, discussion, and presentation techniques at the level expected in graduate classrooms.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
MLSC 600 Deborah J. Barrett On-campus 6:15 – 9:30 p.m. Monday, September 10, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Deborah J. Barrett
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 6:15 – 9:30 p.m.
START DATE: Sept. 10, 2018

Instructor: Deborah J. Barrett

Deborah J. Barrett, Ph.D., is professor of the practice of writing and communication at Rice University, where she teaches graduate courses in academic writing and research and creative writing, and undergraduate courses in leadership communication, negotiations and consulting. She has published articles on literature, communication and leadership topics and serves on the editorial board of several scholarly journals. Her book, "Leadership Communication," is in its fourth edition and is one of the top-selling texts in professional communication programs. She has participated in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival since 2007 and has been admitted to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference four times: three for her creative nonfiction and most recently for her fiction. She is currently writing and publishing creative nonfiction essays under the name Deborah Burch-Lavis and has started a novel. Her recently published personal essay, “The Last Christmas,” is included in the anthology Shifts (MuseWrite Press), a 2015 USA Best Book Awards finalist. Dr. Barrett holds a bachelor's degree in English and speech and a master's degree in English from the University of Houston, as well as a doctorate in English from Rice.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 10, 2018

End Date: Nov. 19, 2018

Schedule: 6:15 – 9:30 p.m.

Length: Mondays

Location: Rice campus

Note: This course is part of the Graduate Liberal Studies program. For more information on how to apply, click ADMISSIONS below.

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