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Royal Military College of Canada

As an officer cadet at RMC, your ultimate objective is to be commissioned as an officer in the Canadian Forces. The professional development and the training you will receive at RMC and at Canadian Forces Schools will prepare you for your diverse responsibilities as a junior officer. Fundamentally, you must demonstrate at RMC the capacity, the competence and the courage to command and lead in an operational theatre, and to look after the lives of your personnel. (source)

 

Resources for Students

This section offers many helpful links on topics, including critical thinking, composition, the requirements of specific assignments, editing and revision, grammar and punctuation. Many of these links direct you to the University of Toronto Writing Center website; there is a great deal of useful advice on this site, so take some time to explore everything it has to offer. (source)

 

Critical thinking

This section on Critical Thinking will help you to conceptualize approaches to assignments. It provides tools for breaking questions down, identifying unimportant information, organizing important information, formulating critical questions, and conceptualizing an analytical focus.

Structure

This section deals the structural requirements of written documents. In this section, you will find information on developing focused and critical thesis statements, writing coherent paragraphs with clear and informative topic sentences, and composing compelling conclusions.

General

Thesis statements

Introductions

Paragraphing

  • Coherent paragraphs (University of Toronto)
  • Using Topic Sentences (University of Toronto)
  • A Military Writer's Handbook (Royal Military College of Canada)
    • Consult the "Paragraphs" section of this resource.

Conclusions

Revising and Editing

This section provides guidelines on how to revise and edit your work in the most efficient and thorough manner. It also explains some of the most common errors in grammar and punctuation, including commas splices, fragments, and faulty parallelism.

  • Revising and Editing (University of Toronto)
    • This page offers very good advice. Editing takes place in stages, and this page tells us to start with the big picture and end with the details.
  • Punctuation (University of Toronto)
  • Fixing Comma Splices (University of Toronto)
  • Faulty Parallelism (University of Toronto)
  • Possessives (University of Toronto)
  • Passive Voice (University of Toronto)
  • A Military Writer's Handbook (Royal Military College of Canada)
    • Consult the "Punctuation" and "Common Errors" sections of this resource. It has clear explanations and useful exercises.

Assignments and Disciplinary Writing

Every type of assignments has its own formal and disciplinary requirements. These links will introduce you to many of the assignments you will encounter at RMC.

  • Writing About History (University of Toronto)
  • Writing History Papers (A Military Writer's Handbook, Royal Military College of Canada)
    • Consult Dr. Kenny's "Writing History Papers" in the "Guidelines and Formats" section of this resource.
  • How to Write a Critical Book Review (A Military Writer's Handbook, Royal Military College of Canada)
    • Consult "How to Write a Critical Book Review" in the "Guidelines and Formats" section of this resource.
  • The Book Review or Article Critique (University of Toronto)
  • The Annotated Bibliography (University of Toronto)
  • The Importance of Writing in Political Science (A Military Writer's Handbook, Royal Military College of Canada)
    • Consult Dr. Leuprecht's "The Importance of Writing in Political Science" in the "Guidelines and Formats" section of this resource.
  • Rédaction de cas d'affaire (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Rédiger un plan d'affaires (French only)(Caisses Desjardins)
  • Rédiger un plan d'exportation (French only) (Gouvernement du Canada - Services gouvernementaux pour les entrepreneurs)(exists in English at Writing an export plan - Starting to export - Canada Business Network)
  • A Military Writer's Handbook (Royal Military College of Canada)
    • Consult "Guide for Writing Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Lab Reports" in the "Guidelines and Formats" section of this resource.
  • Avery, Heather, and Paul Gamache. Proposals and Annotated Bibliographies: An Essential Skills Guide. Peterborough: The Academic Skills Centre, Trent University, 1996.
  • Chapnick, Adam, and Craig Stone. Academic Writing for Military Personnel. Ottawa: UP, 2009.
  • Dyer, Linda M. Critical Thinking for Business. 2nd ed.Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2005.

Research Resources

A good place to start with any research assignment is the nearest reference librarian, but these links will help you establish research steps, use sources critically and efficiently, and identify appropriate databases for different disciplines.

  • Rédaction d'un travail de recherche (Université de Montréal)
  • Reading and Researching (University of Toronto)
  • Using Sources (University of Toronto)
  • Researching in the Humanities (Hacker Handbooks)
  • Researching in the Social Sciences (Hacker Handbooks)
  • Researching in History (Hacker Handbooks)
  • Researching in the Sciences (Hacker Handbooks)
  • Robson, Colin. How to Do a Research Project: A Guide for Undergraduate Students. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.

Citations and Referencing

The resources in this section identify and explain the different types of citation used for the different disciplines.