Each course requires students to complete a total of FOUR Writing Assignments. The Writing Assignments give students the opportunity to demonstrate a level of subject mastery beyond the objective unit examinations, which reflects his/her ability to analyze, synthesize, evaluate and apply his/her knowledge.
Writing assignments are judged on the quality of the response. Word count is NOT one of the criteria that is used in assigning points to writing assignments. However, students who are successful in earning the maximum number of points tend to submit writing assignments that are 350-500 words (1-2 pages) per question.
Accessing and Submitting Writing Assignments Through the Student Portal
Log into the student portal, go to My Academic Plan, and select the course you are working on. Choose Writing Assignment 1, 2, 3, or 4 to see the writing prompts. YOU MUST SELECT AND ANSWER ONE PROMPT FROM EACH WRITING ASSIGNMENT SECTION. Begin your written response in the text box directly below the writing prompts. The text editor will automatically include all necessary identification information (i.e., your name, student number, course number, and writing assignment question) once you submit your writing assignment for evaluation. Be sure to save a copy of your work prior to clicking the Submit button.
Accessing and Submitting Writing Assignments by Mail
Students receiving coursework by mail will find the Writing Assignment questions included separately from the study guide as a part of their coursework packet. If you are submitting your Writing Assignments by mail, you will need to include your name, student number, course number, course title, Writing Assignment number (i.e. Writing Assignment 1, 2, 3, or 4) and identify the question number you are answering followed by the actual question itself (in bold type). Your writing assignments will need to be typed double-spaced, using a standard font and 12 point type size.
Writing Assignments can be mailed to the following address:
California Coast University Testing Department 925 N. Spurgeon Street Santa Ana, CA 92701
Submitting Writing Assignments by E-Mail
Writing Assignments can be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mailed essays need to be sent as a Word attachment. Please adhere to the same formatting guidelines as mailed Writing Assignments.
All work must be free of any form of plagiarism. Put written answers into your own words. Do not simply cut and paste your answers from the Internet and do not copy your answers from the textbook.
Plagiarism consists of taking and using the ideas, writings or inventions of another, without giving credit to that person and presenting it as ones own. This is an offense that the university takes very seriously. An example of a correctly prepared written response may be found by visiting the Coast Connection student portal. You can find this in the portal by clicking on Student Resources and then Writing Basics.
The majority of your response should be your own original writing based on what you have learned from the textbook. Be sure to provide a citation and a reference for any materials used, including the required textbook. The following points are designed to help you understand how to provide proper citations and references for your work:
Sources are listed in two places.
The first, a citation, is briefly listed within your answer. This includes identifying information that directs the reader to your list of references at the end of your writing assignment.
The second, a reference, is at the end of your work in the list of references section.
All sources cited should follow APA style and provide enough identifying information so that the reader can access the original material.
More detailed information about citations and references can be located on the Coast Connection student portal. You can find this in the portal by clicking on Student Resources and then Writing Lab.