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This course is designed to help students develop, practice, and build confidence in the communication skills needed to succeed in their academic studies and as professionals in a workplace environment. The development of effective writing and verbal skills involves careful planning, organization and coherency; the development of research techniques with proper American Psychological Association (APA) formatting, referencing, and documentation of sources material; an understanding of argument and persuasion; and the ability to use language clearly and concisely in all areas of communication.