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 or ENGL 211

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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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 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.


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


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:

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

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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 the examination.

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.

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