Learn more about student success courses available for the following degree levels:

Bachelor’s Students

SBSF 3100 - Skills for Academic Integrity (1 cr.) This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of academic integrity and to provide practice using a plagiarism detection tool. Topics include definitions of academic integrity and plagiarism, Walden University academic integrity policy, and strategies for avoiding plagiarism. This course is designed to help students who need extra practice writing with academic integrity and is required for students who have academic integrity violations. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate improvement in writing with academic integrity.

SBSF 3206 - A Practical Course in APA Style (2 cr.)
This four-week course focuses on the most relevant aspects of scholarly writing as presented in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Instruction and practice is provided in references and citations, reducing bias in language, headings, lists, statistical and mathematical copy, italics and capitalization, numbers style, and table and figure formatting. The course is designed to help prepare students for successful writing experiences in their coursework and major writing projects. This course focuses on grammar only in regard to APA style nuances. Weekly assignments are based on the required text, Mastering APA Style: Student’s Workbook and Training Guide.

SBSF 3300 - Advanced Reading Strategies (3 cr.)
This course is designed for students seeking to enhance key reading competencies. Advanced reading strategies can accelerate comprehension, evaluation, and recall. Students will practice an active approach to reading, gaining skills that will assist in quickly navigating texts. This course will assist students to become better consumers of information. Information literacy techniques allow students to evaluate and analyze content with greater ease. This course is appropriate for students preparing for tests of reading-related skills and students in reading-intensive courses.

SBSF 3400 - Succeeding on Academic and Professional Exams (3 cr.)
This course helps students prepare for professional and academic exams, many of which are required for licensure. Students will learn test-taking strategies for computer-based and paper-based exams. They will also learn how to recognize and harness test anxiety, assess previous knowledge, manage time, and create a plan of study that allows for success in displaying expertise in an exam setting.

Master’s Students (Quarter-Based)

SBSF 6200 - Skills for Academic Integrity (1 cr.) This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of academic integrity and to provide practice using a plagiarism detection tool. Topics include definitions of academic integrity and plagiarism, Walden University academic integrity policy, and strategies for avoiding plagiarism. This course is designed to help students who need extra practice writing with academic integrity and is required for students who have academic integrity violations. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate improvement in writing with academic integrity.

SBSF 6300 - Advanced Reading Strategies (3 cr.)
This course is designed for students seeking to enhance key reading competencies. Advanced reading strategies can accelerate comprehension, evaluation, and recall. Students will practice an active approach to reading, gaining skills that will assist in quickly navigating texts. This course will assist students to become better consumers of information. Information literacy techniques allow students to evaluate and analyze content with greater ease. This course is appropriate for students preparing for tests of reading-related skills and students in reading-intensive courses.

SBSF 6350 - Writing a Literature Review (4 cr.)
The purpose of this course is to help students write a well-structured, soundly presented critical literature review. The course covers topic selection; research analysis; and writing, editing, and proofreading strategies. Upon completing the course, students will have produced a literature review using a minimum of 15 self-selected research articles. This course is appropriate for master’s and doctoral students who are writing course papers, theses, or dissertations.

SBSF 6400 - Succeeding on Academic and Professional Exams (3 cr.)
This course helps students prepare for professional and academic exams, many of which are required for licensure. Students will learn test-taking strategies for computer-based and paper-based exams. They will also learn how to recognize and harness test anxiety, assess previous knowledge, manage time, and create a plan of study that allows for success in displaying expertise in an exam setting.

SBSF 6000 - Graduate Writing: Evaluative and Persuasive Composition Skills (4 cr.)
This course is designed for students to enhance their ability to succeed in Walden’s writing-intensive courses, and is recommended for those whose course instructors have encouraged them to enroll in a writing skills course. For graduate-level composition, students must be able to paraphrase, summarize, and evaluate peer-reviewed research while using graduate-level mechanics. This class provides a solid skills refresher to help students with clear and concise graduate-level composition tasks. Through prewriting, drafting, and revising, students will practice the written communication skills necessary to successfully compose course assignments, create discussion board posts, and write in a scholarly voice. Navigating peer-reviewed material, describing and evaluating primary research, and composing strong scholastic arguments takes practice. Analyzing, synthesizing, interpreting, and evaluating primary research are the skills necessary to complete the capstone project, thesis, or dissertation. This course will provide students with the written communication tools necessary to complete longer writing projects that necessitate a persuasive academic voice.

SBSF 6100 - A Practical Course in APA Style (2 cr.)
This four-week course focuses on the most relevant aspects of scholarly writing as presented in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Instruction and practice is provided in references and citations, reducing bias in language, headings, lists, statistical and mathematical copy, italics and capitalization, numbers style, and table and figure formatting. The course is designed to help prepare students for successful writing experiences in their coursework and major writing projects. This course focuses on grammar only in regard to APA style nuances. Similarly, while statistics and presentation of research findings are covered in the APA Manual, this course does not offer instruction in the presentation of advanced research nor is it a course in research methods. Weekly assignments are based on the required text, Mastering APA Style: Student’s Workbook and Training Guide.

SBSF 6101 - Critical Thinking and Logic (4 cr.)
This course focuses on the skills students need to read critically and think about complex issues, evaluate the validity of arguments, and construct reasoned arguments with logical conclusions. Students learn techniques for assessing ideas presented in written materials to help readers judge the strengths and weaknesses of other communicators’ arguments. Students learn to develop logically sound, evidence-based arguments to support their ideas and views in their studies and work. Finally, the course offers additional ways for students to bolster their critical-thinking skills by considering succinct writing, logical reasoning, and moral and ethical values.

SBSF 6104 - Communications and Teamwork in a Global Society (4 cr.)
This course provides the information and sensibilities a person needs to work effectively in teams, to collaborate with others, and to function effectively in a diverse, global environment. It also focuses on the different communication styles of individuals, the dynamics of teams, and understanding basic issues and practices in cross-cultural communication and cooperation. As communities and workplaces continue to diversify and globalize, respecting differences, understanding how others think, and understanding how to communicate and work effectively with people who are different from you are essential skills for success.

SBSF 6150 - Graduate Writing for Non-Native English Speakers (4 cr.)
This course is designed to improve the academic writing skills of graduate students whose first language is not English. Course readings, activities, and assignments provide models to help students master academic style and create their own writing processes, revise drafts based on instructor and classmate feedback, and edit and proofread final drafts. Establishing these individual processes will hone the analytical and writing skills students need to perform at a graduate level. Major projects include summaries, analyses of academic writing, research, and self-reflection essays, as well as peer reviews.

SBSF 6201 - Skills for Academic Integrity (1 cr.)
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of academic integrity and to provide practice using a plagiarism detection tool. Topics include definitions of academic integrity and plagiarism, Walden University academic integrity policy, and strategies for avoiding plagiarism. This course is designed to help students who need extra practice writing with academic integrity and is required for students who have academic integrity violations. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate improvement in writing with academic integrity.

Master’s Students (Semester-Based)

SBSF 6351 - Writing a Literature Review (3 sem. cr.)
The purpose of this course is to help students write a well-structured, soundly presented critical literature review. The course covers topic selection; research analysis; and writing, editing, and proofreading strategies. Upon completing the course, students will have produced a literature review using a minimum of 15 self-selected research articles. This course is appropriate for master’s and doctoral students who are writing course papers, theses, or dissertations.

SBSF 6301 - Advanced Reading Strategies (2 sem. cr.)
This course is designed for students seeking to enhance key reading competencies. Advanced reading strategies can accelerate comprehension, evaluation, and recall. Students will practice an active approach to reading, gaining skills that will assist in quickly navigating texts. This course will assist students to become better consumers of information. Information literacy techniques allow students to evaluate and analyze content with greater ease. This course is appropriate for students preparing for tests of reading-related skills and students in reading-intensive courses.

SBSF 6401 - Succeeding on Academic and Professional Exams (2 sem. cr.)
This course helps students prepare for professional and academic exams, many of which are required for licensure. Students will learn test-taking strategies for computer-based and paper-based exams. They will also learn how to recognize and harness test anxiety, assess previous knowledge, manage time, and create a plan of study that allows for success in displaying expertise in an exam setting.

SBSF 6010 - Graduate Writing I: Evaluative Composition Skills (2 sem. cr.)
This course is designed for students to enhance their ability to succeed in Walden’s writing-intensive courses, and is recommended for those whose course instructors have encouraged them to enroll in a writing skills course. For graduate-level composition, students must be able to paraphrase, summarize, and evaluate peer-reviewed research while using proper grammar and punctuation. This class provides a solid skills refresher to help students with clear and concise graduate-level composition tasks. Through prewriting, drafting, and revising, students will practice the written communication skills necessary to successfully compose course assignments, create discussion board posts, and work to develop an academic voice.

SBSF 6011 - Graduate Writing II: Persuasive Composition Skills (2 sem. cr.)
This course is designed for students to enhance their ability to succeed in Walden’s writing-intensive courses, and taking the Graduate Writing I: Evaluative Composition Skills course is recommended but is not a prerequisite for this course. Navigating peer-reviewed material, describing and evaluating primary research, and composing strong scholastic arguments takes practice. Analyzing, synthesizing, interpreting, and evaluating primary research are the skills necessary to complete the capstone project, thesis, or dissertation. This course will provide students with the written communication tools necessary to complete longer writing projects that necessitate a persuasive academic voice.

SBSF 6103 - Communications and Teamwork in a Global Society (3 sem. cr.)
This course provides the information and sensibilities a person needs to work effectively in teams, to collaborate with others, and to function effectively in a diverse, global environment. It also focuses on the different communication styles of individuals, the dynamics of teams, and understanding basic issues and practices in cross-cultural communication and cooperation. As communities and workplaces continue to diversify and globalize, respecting differences, understanding how others think, and understanding how to communicate and work effectively with people who are different from you are essential skills for success.

SBSF 6105 - A Practical Course in APA Style (2 sem. cr.)
This four-week course focuses on the most relevant aspects of scholarly writing as presented in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Instruction and practice is provided in references and citations, reducing bias in language, headings, lists, statistical and mathematical copy, italics and capitalization, numbers style, and table and figure formatting. The course is designed to help prepare students for successful writing experiences in their coursework and major writing projects. This course focuses on grammar only in regard to APA style nuances. Similarly, while statistics and presentation of research findings are covered in the APA Manual, this course does not offer instruction in the presentation of advanced research nor is it a course in research methods. Weekly assignments are based on the required text, Mastering APA Style: Student’s Workbook and Training Guide.

SBSF 6107 - Critical Thinking and Logic (3 sem. cr.)
This course focuses on the skills students need to read critically and think about complex issues, evaluate the validity of arguments, and construct reasoned arguments with logical conclusions. Students learn techniques for assessing ideas presented in written materials to help readers judge the strengths and weaknesses of other communicators’ arguments. Students learn to develop logically sound, evidence-based arguments to support their ideas and views in their studies and work. Finally, the course offers additional ways for students to bolster their critical-thinking skills by considering succinct writing, logical reasoning, and moral and ethical values.

SBSF 6151 - Graduate Writing for Non-Native English Speakers (3 sem. cr.)
This course is designed to improve the academic writing skills of graduate students whose first language is not English. Course readings, activities, and assignments provide models to help students master academic style and create their own writing processes, revise drafts based on instructor and classmate feedback, and edit and proofread final drafts. Establishing these individual processes will hone the analytical and writing skills students need to perform at a graduate level. Major projects include summaries, analyses of academic writing, research, and self-reflection essays, as well as peer reviews.

Ed.D. and D.B.A. Students (Semester-Based)

SBSF 8351 - Writing a Literature Review (3 sem. cr.) The purpose of this course is to help students write a well-structured, soundly presented critical literature review. The course covers topic selection; research analysis; and writing, editing, and proofreading strategies. Upon completing the course, students will have produced a literature review using a minimum of 15 self-selected research articles. This course is appropriate for master’s and doctoral students who are writing course papers, theses, or dissertations.

SBSF 8401 - Succeeding on Academic and Professional Exams (2 sem. cr.)
This course helps students prepare for professional and academic exams, many of which are required for licensure. Students will learn test-taking strategies for computer-based and paper-based exams. They will also learn how to recognize and harness test anxiety, assess previous knowledge, manage time, and create a plan of study that allows for success in displaying expertise in an exam setting.

SBSF 8010 - Graduate Writing I: Evaluative Composition Skills (2 sem. cr.)
This course is designed for students to enhance their ability to succeed in Walden’s writing-intensive courses, and is recommended for those whose course instructors have encouraged them to enroll in a writing skills course. For graduate-level composition, students must be able to paraphrase, summarize, and evaluate peer-reviewed research while using proper grammar and punctuation. This class provides a solid skills refresher to help students with clear and concise graduate-level composition tasks. Through prewriting, drafting, and revising, students will practice the written communication skills necessary to successfully compose course assignments, create discussion board posts, and work to develop an academic voice.

SBSF 8011 - Graduate Writing II: Persuasive Composition Skills (2 sem. cr.)
This course is designed for students to enhance their ability to succeed in Walden’s writing-intensive courses, and taking the Graduate Writing I: Evaluative Composition Skills course is recommended but is not a prerequisite for this course. Navigating peer-reviewed material, describing and evaluating primary research, and composing strong scholastic arguments takes practice. Analyzing, synthesizing, interpreting, and evaluating primary research are the skills necessary to complete the capstone project, thesis, or dissertation. This course will provide students with the written communication tools necessary to complete longer writing projects that necessitate a persuasive academic voice.

SBSF 8105 - A Practical Course in APA Style (2 sem. cr.)
This four-week course focuses on the most relevant aspects of scholarly writing as presented in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Instruction and practice is provided in references and citations, reducing bias in language, headings, lists, statistical and mathematical copy, italics and capitalization, numbers style, and table and figure formatting. The course is designed to help prepare students for successful writing experiences in coursework, KAMs, and capstone projects. This course focuses on grammar only in regard to APA style nuances. Similarly, while statistics and presentation of research findings are covered in the APA Manual, this course does not offer instruction in the presentation of advanced research nor is it a course in research methods. Weekly assignments are based on the required text, Mastering APA Style: Student’s Workbook and Training Guide.

SBSF 8107 - Critical Thinking and Logic (3 sem. cr.)
This course focuses on the skills students need to read critically and think about complex issues, evaluate the validity of arguments, and construct reasoned arguments with logical conclusions. Students learn techniques for assessing ideas presented in written materials to help readers judge the strengths and weaknesses of other communicators’ arguments. Students learn to develop logically sound, evidence-based arguments to support their ideas and views in their studies and work. Finally, the course offers additional ways for students to bolster their critical-thinking skills by considering succinct writing, logical reasoning, and moral and ethical values.

SBSF 8151 - Graduate Writing for Non-Native English Speakers (3 sem. cr.)
This course is designed to improve the academic writing skills of graduate students whose first language is not English. Course readings, activities, and assignments provide models to help students master academic style and create their own writing processes, revise drafts based on instructor and classmate feedback, and edit and proofread final drafts. Establishing these individual processes will hone the analytical and writing skills students need to perform at a graduate level. Major projects include summaries, analyses of academic writing, research, and self-reflection essays, as well as peer reviews.

SBSF 8203 - Communications and Teamwork in a Global Society (3 sem. cr.)
This course provides the information and sensibilities a person needs to work effectively in teams, to collaborate with others, and to function effectively in a diverse, global environment. It also focuses on the different communication styles of individuals, the dynamics of teams, and understanding basic issues and practices in cross-cultural communication and cooperation. As communities and workplaces continue to diversify and globalize, respecting differences, understanding how others think, and understanding how to communicate and work effectively with people who are different from you are essential skills for success.

SBSF 8301 - Advanced Reading Strategies (2 sem. cr.)
This course is designed for students seeking to enhance key reading competencies. Advanced reading strategies can accelerate comprehension, evaluation, and recall. Students will practice an active approach to reading, gaining skills that will assist in quickly navigating texts. This course will assist students to become better consumers of information. Information literacy techniques allow students to evaluate and analyze content with greater ease. This course is appropriate for students preparing for tests of reading-related skills and students in reading-intensive courses.

Ph.D. Students (Quarter-Based)

SBSF 8004 - Graduate Writing: Evaluative and Persuasive Composition Skills (4 cr.) This course is designed for students to enhance their ability to succeed in Walden’s writing-intensive courses, and is recommended for those whose course instructors have encouraged them to enroll in a writing skills course. For graduate-level composition, students must be able to paraphrase, summarize, and evaluate peer-reviewed research while using graduate-level mechanics. This class provides a solid skills refresher to help students with clear and concise graduate-level composition tasks. Through prewriting, drafting, and revising, students will practice the written communication skills necessary to successfully compose course assignments, create discussion board posts, and write in a scholarly voice. Navigating peer-reviewed material, describing and evaluating primary research, and composing strong scholastic arguments takes practice. Analyzing, synthesizing, interpreting, and evaluating primary research are the skills necessary to complete the capstone project, thesis, or dissertation. This course will provide students with the written communication tools necessary to complete longer writing projects that necessitate a persuasive academic voice.

SBSF 8100 - Skills for Academic Integrity (1 cr.)
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of academic integrity and to provide practice using a plagiarism detection tool. Topics include definitions of academic integrity and plagiarism, Walden University academic integrity policy, and strategies for avoiding plagiarism. This course is designed to help students who need extra practice writing with academic integrity and is required for students who have academic integrity violations. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate improvement in writing with academic integrity.

SBSF 8104 - Communications and Teamwork in a Global Society (4 cr.)
This course provides the information and sensibilities a person needs to work effectively in teams, to collaborate with others, and to function effectively in a diverse, global environment. It also focuses on the different communication styles of individuals, the dynamics of teams, and understanding basic issues and practices in cross-cultural communication and cooperation. As communities and workplaces continue to diversify and globalize, respecting differences, understanding how others think, and understanding how to communicate and work effectively with people who are different from you are essential skills for success.

SBSF 8150 - Graduate Writing for Non-Native English Speakers (4 cr.)
This course is designed to improve the academic writing skills of graduate students whose first language is not English. Course readings, activities, and assignments provide models to help students master academic style and create their own writing processes, revise drafts based on instructor and classmate feedback, and edit and proofread final drafts. Establishing these individual processes will hone the analytical and writing skills students need to perform at a graduate level. Major projects include summaries, analyses of academic writing, research, and self-reflection essays, as well as peer reviews.

SBSF 8200 - A Practical Course in APA Style (2 cr.)
This four-week course focuses on the most relevant aspects of scholarly writing as presented in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Instruction and practice is provided in references and citations, reducing bias in language, headings, lists, statistical and mathematical copy, italics and capitalization, numbers style, and table and figure formatting. The course is designed to help prepare students for successful writing experiences in coursework, KAMs, and capstone projects. This course focuses on grammar only in regard to APA style nuances. Similarly, while statistics and presentation of research findings are covered in the APA Manual, this course does not offer instruction in the presentation of advanced research nor is it a course in research methods. Weekly assignments are based on the required text, Mastering APA Style: Student’s Workbook and Training Guide.

SBSF 8201 - Critical Thinking and Logic (4 cr.)
This course focuses on the skills students need to read critically and think about complex issues, evaluate the validity of arguments, and construct reasoned arguments with logical conclusions. Students learn techniques for assessing ideas presented in written materials to help readers judge the strengths and weaknesses of other communicators’ arguments. Students learn to develop logically sound, evidence-based arguments to support their ideas and views in their studies and work. Finally, the course offers additional ways for students to bolster their critical-thinking skills by considering succinct writing, logical reasoning, and moral and ethical values.

SBSF 8300 - Advanced Reading Strategies (3 cr.)
This course is designed for students seeking to enhance key reading competencies. Advanced reading strategies can accelerate comprehension, evaluation, and recall. Students will practice an active approach to reading, gaining skills that will assist in quickly navigating texts. This course will assist students to become better consumers of information. Information literacy techniques allow students to evaluate and analyze content with greater ease. This course is appropriate for students preparing for tests of reading-related skills and students in reading-intensive courses.

SBSF 8350 - Writing a Literature Review (4 cr.)
The purpose of this course is to help students write a well-structured, soundly presented critical literature review. The course covers topic selection; research analysis; and writing, editing, and proofreading strategies. Upon completing the course, students will have produced a literature review using a minimum of 15 self-selected research articles. This course is appropriate for master’s and doctoral students who are writing course papers, theses, or dissertations.

SBSF 8400 - Succeeding on Academic and Professional Exams (3 cr.)
This course helps students prepare for professional and academic exams, many of which are required for licensure. Students will learn test-taking strategies for computer-based and paper-based exams. They will also learn how to recognize and harness test anxiety, assess previous knowledge, manage time, and create a plan of study that allows for success in displaying expertise in an exam setting.