Reasoning and Writing COM120

Reasoning and Writing COM120

This elective subject Reasoning and Writing COM120 is being taught at United Theological College in 2018 Session 1 by Ennis Macleod.

This subject focuses on skills and knowledge relevant to the composition of an academic essay. It has four elements. The first introduces the fundamentals of argument and critical thinking. The second develops skills in writing and grammar. The third introduces generic study skills, such as academic referencing, the use of library databases, how to avoid plagiarism, and how to determine reputable sources. The fourth presents students with a particular ethical topic, upon which they will focus their academic papers.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • recognise and meet the expectations of an argumentative essay; carry out research for an argumentative essay; determine how to properly acknowledge and reference sources
  • identify the main forms of argument; analyze arguments, and construct good arguments
  • plan, structure, write, and properly format an argumentative essay
  • reflect upon a particular topic and create a well constructed argumentative essay


The subject will cover the following topics:
– Writing skills at the level of the sentence, the paragraph and the essay
– Skills of summarising
– Rhetorical analysis
– Critical reasoning including deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning and analysis of logical fallacies- Analysis and critique of some key ethical values underpinning a particular topic