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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 47429

Acknowledgement of Territories

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 Chris-Anne Stumpf
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location TBA
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

Required Textbooks:

(1) Readings for English 1177 – Academic Writing (most recent edition; custom courseware available at the BCIT bookstore)

Heavily Suggested

(2) Faigley, Lester. Brief Penguin handbook Cdn. Ed. Pearson, 2010 – any edition or any writer’s handbook

Other handouts will be posted weekly

Other Required Learning Resources:

  • a webcam & microphone.
  • A current BCIT library card
  • Additional texts or information may be supplied by the instructor, and form part of the course material for study and examination.
  • Ability to log in, access, and use Learning Hub my.bcit for sending and receiving emails, selected handouts, and assignment handouts, in case a student misses class or there are class cancellations or announcements
  • Access to the internet
  • A recent Canadian English to English dictionary

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments





Short Persuasive Essay10%
Final Persuasive Research Paper20%
Final Exam30%You must pass the final exam in order to pass the course.
Participation & In-class writing20%

Participation 10% The participation grade in an online course is based on based on (a) punctual and (b) informed contribution to discussions and evidence of completion and understanding of course content and background readings as referenced in the discussion posting)

In-class writing 10% is based on completion of writing task assignments specific to assignments on the DB, quizzes and exercises

Course Specific Requirements


Students must receive 50% on the Final exam in order to pass the course

Late papers will receive a penalty

Other information

You must have a webcam & microphone.

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

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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.
Chris-Anne Stumpf, Instructor
August 22, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Michael Bourke, Faculty
August 23, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Patricia Sackville, Associate Dean
August 23, 2021

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