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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 42592

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Instructor Details

Name Hannah Watts
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Location N/a
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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


  • Academic Writing Readings: ENGL 1177 (custom courseware). Pearson, 2013.

  • Additional course learning resources provided by the instructor

Course Goals

Course Goals:

This course will teach you five genres of wriitng--memoir, summary, research paper, argument and proposal--that are useful for real-world engagement as well as academic success. We will study examples of each of these kinds of writing. We will engage with our colleagues through discussion and peer review of each other's work, and practice the review process over the course of the semester for our own work.

This course will:

  • help you develop your abilities as a writer and reader of texts;
  • help you to think critically and communicate effectively;
  • learn and practice a variety of strategies for inventing, drafting, and editing texts written in different genres and for different audiences;
  • help you learn to read rhetorically;
  • learn ways to adapt your writing to different situations, so that you can more effectively and more powerfully communicate; and
  • prepare you to succeed throughout your academic career, regardless of your discipline.

Evaluation Criteria

Summary Essay x2

Argument Essay x2

Research Essay

Final Exam







Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the course.**

Course Schedule and Assignments

Schedule provided in Week 1.

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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.
Hannah Watts, Instructor
September 02, 2021

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Michael Bourke, Faculty
September 02, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Patricia Sackville, Associate Dean
September 02, 2021

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