English Language and Writing Skills (ENGL) 155

Developing Writing Skills (Revision 12)

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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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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 post-secondary level. Students will expand their vocabulary, increase their ability to analyse complex text, and improve their writing skills. The course includes paragraph and essay structure, and a systematic grammar review.


The course consists of the following 8 units*:

  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Paragraph Writing
  • Unit 3: Summary Writing
  • Unit 4: Process Essay
  • Unit 5: Comparison-Contrast Essay
  • Unit 6: Cause and Effect Essay
  • Unit 7: Argumentative-Persuasive Essay
  • Unit 8: Review

* Each unit consists of three lessons

  • Grammar and mechanics
  • Word Study
  • Writing


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

Unit 1: Diagnostic Narrative Essay/Review 0%
Unit 2: Paragraph Writing (1 paragraph) 7.5%
Unit 3: Summary 7.5%
Unit 4: Process Essay 10%
Unit 5: Comparison/Contrast Essay 10%
Unit 6: Cause-Effect Essay 15%
Unit 7: Argumentative/Persuasive Essay 15%
Online Reflective Journal 10%
Online Quizzes 5%
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 who 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


The Canadian Writer's Workplace, 7th edition.

The Least You Should Know about Vocabulary Building: Word Roots, 7th edition.

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 12, February 01, 2013.

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