Intermediate Composition (Revision 4)
Area of Study: Humanities
ENGL 353 has a Challenge for Credit option.
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 a handbook on composition and in practice by studying samples of good writing and by applying the principles in their own work.
- Essay 1: Exposition
- Essay 2: Contemplation
- Essay 3: Comparison and Contrast
- Essay 4: Persuasion (Argumentation)
- Essay 5: Research
To receive credit for ENGL 353, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on each assignment and a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:
|Essay 1||Essay 2||Essay 3||Essay 4||Research Essay Proposal 5a||Research Essay 5b||Total|
You may rewrite any assignment once; the grade will be the average of the two marks awarded.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Lannon, John M., and David B. Parsons. The Writing Process: A Concise Rhetoric. Canadian ed. Toronto: Pearson Longman, 2004.
Buzzard, Laura et al., eds. The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose (2nd ed). Peterborough, Ont: Broadview, 2011. Print.
Williams, Joseph M., and Ira B. Nadel. Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. Canadian ed. Toronto: Longman, 2005.
The course materials also include a student manual.
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.
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 4, December 5, 2006.
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Updated August 13 2014 by SAS