English (ENGL) 353

Intermediate Composition (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 255, ENGL 211, or any senior English course.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 353 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Overview

ENGL 353 takes a practical approach to the art of essay writing by having students apply the major principles of composition in five essay assignments. Students learn these principles in the abstract by studying online handbooks on composition and in practice by studying samples of good writing and applying the principles in their own work. The course emphasizes some common essay types: exposition, comparison/contrast, persuasion, and research.

Outline

English 353 is composed of six units:

  • Unit 1—The Writing Process: A Review
  • Unit 2—The Expository Essay
  • Unit 3—The Critical Review
  • Unit 4—The Comparison/Contrast Essay
  • Unit 5—The Persuasive Essay
  • Unit 6—The Research Essay

Evaluation

To receive credit for ENGL 353, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on each assignment and a composite grade of at least D (50 percent) on the course. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Expository Essay Critical Review Comparison/Contrast Essay Persuasive Essay Research Essay Proposal Research Essay Total
15% 15% 20% 20% 5% 25% 100%

You may rewrite any assignment once; the final grade for the assignment will be the average of the two marks awarded.

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

Course Materials

The materials for this course are available entirely online through the English 353 main course page and Digital Reading Room (DRR).

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 353 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on both the critical essay and the examination.

Critical Essay Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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 5, August 22, 2016.

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Updated August 22 2016 by Student & Academic Services