Research and Writing Workshop

This workshop will teach research and writing skills to enable students to engage
successfully with their academic work. Focusing on the areas of content, argumentation,
and written presentation, this workshop will introduce tools for proper research, clear and
logical argumentation, proficiency with language, and oral presentations. A major
component of this course will be providing students with the technological expertise to
successfully carry out online research in a 21st century context.

N.B.: This is not a credit course, neither is it a remedial course. It is designed for any
student, in any program, who wishes to improve their skills in researching, writing, and
presenting. It may appeal to students who:

  • would simply like to refresh and extend their academic skills
  • those who have not worked in an academic context for some years
  • those whose undergraduate degree was in a program such as Mathematics or
    Architecture that does not usually require essay writing skills
  • those who are not familiar with the Canadian culture and education system
  • those who would like to be more informed about internet and computer-based
  • those who want to learn more about the academic expectations at MDC


  • To understand how to use modern technologies effectively for research and
    writing, including online journals and databases, online books, bibliographic
    software, biblical language software, Avenue to Learn, and other vital resources
  • To understand the fundamental elements of clear argumentation
  • To know the academic expectations of MDC
  • To understand the criteria for the types of assignments at MDC (e.g., book
    reviews, essays, research papers)
  • To become aware of resources that can be useful for continuing improvement
    in research and writing skills


  • To develop increased confidence in one’s ability to research and write
  • To grow by voicing academic concerns and difficulties and exploring strategies for dealing with these
  • To understand the potential for academic work to be a spiritual endeavor
  • To cultivate a community of trust by freely sharing challenges and offering positive feedback and resources to others to help alleviate these concerns.


  • To develop organizational skills in researching and writing
  • To gain facility in using the English language, including its grammar and syntax
  • To think more critically, express oneself more clearly, and research more effectively.