English Language and Writing Skills (ENGL) 155

Developing Writing Skills (Revision 13)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: No area of study

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Overview

ENGL 155 is designed for students who require a preparatory course in writing skills. The major objective of the course is to improve students’ reading and writing abilities so they can succeed at the postsecondary level. Students will expand their vocabulary, increase their ability to analyze complex text, and improve their writing skills. The course includes paragraph and essay structure and a systematic grammar review.

Outline

The course consists of the following eight units, each of which includes three lessons (grammar and mechanics; word study; and writing):

  • Unit 1 (introduction)
  • Unit 2 (paragraph writing)
  • Unit 3 (summary writing)
  • Unit 4 (process essay)
  • Unit 5 (comparison/contrast essay)
  • Unit 6 (cause-effect essay)
  • Unit 7 (argumentative/persuasive essay)
  • Unit 8 (personal essay and review)

Evaluation

To receive credit for ENGL 155, you must complete all the assignments, achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the final examination, and achieve a composite course grade of at least C– (60 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1: Diagnostic Essay/Review Complete/Incomplete
Assignment 2: Paragraph Writing 7.5%
Assignment 3: Summary Writing 7.5%
Assignment 4: Process Essay 10%
Assignment 5: Comparison/Contrast Essay 10%
Assignment 6: Cause-Effect Essay 15%
Assignment 7: Argumentative/Persuasive Essay 15%
Assignment 8: Personal Essay (includes Reflective Journal Assignment) 15%
Online Quizzes Complete/Incomplete
Final Exam 20%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Textbooks

Lipschutz, Gary, Sandra Scarry, and John Scarry. The Canadian Writer’s Workplace. 8th ed. Toronto: Nelson Education, 2017.

Friend, Carol E., Laura D. Knight, and Teresa Ferster Glazier. The Least You Should Know about Vocabulary Building: Word Roots. 8th ed. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, 2015.

Other Materials

All other materials are available online through the course home page. English Language Support materials are available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 13, September 7, 2016.

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Updated September 07 2016 by Student & Academic Services