This course introduces students to the process of preparing reports and developing a proposal supported by research. The course includes an introduction to conventions of documentation and to research techniques using the Internet and library.
This course can be applied toward:
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
Amer. Psych. Assn.
- Take Command of Your Writing (1998)
Levy, Jill M.
- The Gregg Reference Manual*, 11th Ed. (2011)
Either the 10th or the 11th edition of the Gregg Reference Manual is acceptable for students who wish to purchase it.
Mary Sovick is the owner of Fireline Training & Consulting and developer of Ignite Your Writing training seminars. Mary is a retired firefighter from South Metro (Denver) Fire Department and an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy.
Mary is a member of the following professional organizations:
• IAFC Professional Development Committee (associate member)
• Colorado Fire Training Officers Association
• American Society of Training and Development
• National Fire Academy Alumni Association
Mary completed a master's degree in Education with a focus on Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University as well as a master's level certificate in technical communications from the University of Denver. Her professional services include presenting Ignite Your Writing seminars, teaching adult instruction workshops, speaking at regional and national conferences, providing program development services, editing various fire department projects and emergency operational plans, and consulting with fire departments for development and evaluation of written components of promotional exams and assessment centers. Mary has written extensively on the need to elevate writing standards and skills in the fire service.