English (ENGL) 353

Intermediate Composition (Revision 4)

ENGL 353 Course website

Revision 4 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study

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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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
15% 15% 20% 20% 5% 25% 100%

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.

Course Materials


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.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a student manual.

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 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 4, December 5, 2006.

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