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Anne Beaufort
TIAS 505
Tacoma Campus

IAS M.A. Capstone

Provides an opportunity to explore the themes of the four core courses to the specific substance of the student's master's thesis or project. Prerequisite: TIAS 501; TIAS 502; TIAS 503; TIAS 504.

Class description

In this iteration of TIAS 505 we will gain insight into ways of better managing the writing process, so that there is every chance of success in completing the thesis. We will become a writing support group for each other.

In addition, we'll explore other topics as there is a need: research methods? argument strategies? clearning up any genre issues concerning academic writing? Etc.

Time will also be given to reflecting on/synthesizing learnings from graduate course work thus far, particularly in relation to the thesis project.

Student learning goals

1. To increase understanding of the latest research on the cognitive and social aspects of the writing process.

2. To demonstrate metacognitive awareness of one's writing process and increase skills in managing the writing process.

3. To accomplish a major chunk of work on the masters thesis.

4. To increase the synthesis of ideas and concepts from previous graduate work and apply them to the thesis project.

General method of instruction

Reading, seminar-style collaborative inquiry and discussion, small group work, and one-to-one conferencing with the professor.

Recommended preparation

At least one upper division writing course at UWT--TCXG 372 Writing Effectively or TCXG 374 Argument and Research

It will also be helpful (though not a prerequisite) to have identified both your thesis project and your thesis advisor

Class assignments and grading

Readings, a course journal, revision suggestions for peer writing, and at least a rough draft of a chunk of the thesis.

Grades are assigned based on engagement with course materials, preparedness for class activities, progress on the thesis, and ability in clear written expression in academic genres.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Anne Beaufort
Date: 02/19/2007