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Course Outlines

ENGL 1177

Academic Writing

School School of Computing and Academic Studies
Program Liberal Studies
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date September 07, 2021
End Date December 17, 2021
Total Hours 45
Total Weeks 15
Hours/Weeks 3
Delivery Type Other
Pre-requisites C+ in Grade 12 English.
CRN 34908

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The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Lisa Allen
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location SW2 262
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

This course introduces students to the principles of university-level writing and critical reading. Academic writing focuses on the study and application of the principles of university-level discourse, with particular emphasis on exposition and persuasion. Students will read and analyze essays, and write their own compositions. In several language workshops, students will also learn fundamental strategies for developing an effective prose style.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and compose a variety of sentence types to achieve a given aim
  • Analyze and compose paragraphs of different structures
  • Identify and compose thesis statements suited to a given purpose
  • Analyze the stylistic qualities of essays having a variety of rhetorical purposes
  • Critically read and compose expository essays
  • Critically read and compose persuasive essays
  • Compose essays that present a critical analysis of an essay or article or part of one
  • Write effective summaries of an essay or article or part of one

Learning Resources


  • Readings for English 1177 - Academic Writing (BCIT 2013; custom courseware available at the BCIT bookstore)

  • other handouts will be distributed through the course site.


Faigley, Lester. Brief Penguin Handbook. 3rd Cdn. Ed. Pearson, 2012, or any comparable handbook.

A recent Canadian Dictionary (such as The Gage Canadian Dictionary)

Evaluation Criteria


15 %

Persuasive Essay

15 %

Research Essay

20 %

Final Exam (in-class)

30 %

Participation *

20 %



Course Schedule and Assignments

* See the course Calendar for specific due dates. Weeks run from Monday to Sunday.
* If changes to the schedule are required, students will be given adequate advance notice.
Week 1
  • get to know the course website
  • post profile in Profile discussion topic area
  • complete Module 1 - Introduction to Academic Writing
Week 2
  • complete Module 2 - Basics of Critical Reading
  • participate in Discussion 1 (part of participation mark)
Week 3
  • complete Module 3 - Representing Sources, Part 1 - Summary & Paraphrase
  • complete Class Summary Exercise (part of participation mark)
  • continue Discussion 1
Week 4
  • complete Module 4 - Representing Sources, Part 2 - Quotations & Documentation
  • complete writing/grammar/usage self-tests (part of participation mark)
  • complete Summary assignment for submission on Monday of Week Five
Week 5
  • submit Summary assignment
  • complete Module 5 - Process: Writing a Thesis
  • participate in Discussion 2 (part of participation mark)
Week 6
  • complete Module 6 - Process: Introductions & Conclusions
  • continue Discussion 2
Week 7
  • complete Module 7 - Process: Middle Paragraphs & Transitions
  • complete writing/grammar/usage self-tests (part of participation mark)
Week 8
  • complete Module 8 - Writing Research & Argument Essays
  • complete writing/grammar/usage self-tests (part of participation mark)
Week 9
  • complete Module 9 - Analyzing and Structuring Argument Essays
  • participate in Discussion 3 (part of participation mark)
  • submit Argument/Persuasive Essay (Sunday)
Week 10
  • complete Module 10 - Avoiding Fallacies
  • complete writing/grammar/usage self-tests (part of participation mark)
  • continue Discussion 3
Week 11
  • complete Module 11 - Argument and Research Essays, continued
  • participate in Discussion 4 (part of participation mark)
  • submit research paper outline (Sunday)
Week 12
  • complete Module 12 - Writing Critques, Part 1: Elements
  • submit Research Paper Outline
  • continue Discussion 4
Week 13
  • complete Module 13 - Writing Critiques, Part 2 - Self-Critique and Style
  • submit research paper final (Sunday)
Week 14
  • complete Module 14 - Writing Critiques, Part 3: Process; Final Exam Review
  • review course material & practice for final exam
Week 15
  • Final In-Class Exam in Week 15 (exact dates and location to be announced)

BCIT Policy

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Guidelines for School of Computing and Academic Studies

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Lisa Allen, Instructor
August 31, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Michael Bourke, Faculty
August 31, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Patricia Sackville, Associate Dean
August 31, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.