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ENGL 1101: Introduction to University Writing

This course introduces students to the practices of reading and writing in scholarly contexts. Students will read and analyze scholarly journal articles from a variety of disciplines. They will also develop their abilities to compose in the genres and sub-genres of scholarly writing, including incorporating research and documentation in a grammatically correct style.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between style and the rhetorical situation of writing.
  • Conduct critical analyses of a variety of texts from different disciplines by identifying and evaluating main ideas, dominant rhetorical patterns, and social and academic context.
  • Employ a developmental process for writing that includes planning, organizing, researching, drafting, and editing.
  • Compose different types of scholarly writing, e.g., summary, critical summary, literature review.
  • Find and evaluate appropriate source material using a variety of search strategies;
  • Document research material accurately using an appropriate documentation system, such as APA.
  • Edit writing to ensure clear cohesive language, unified coherent paragraphs, and effective organizational structure.

Course topics

ENGL 1101: Introduction to University Writing includes the following four modules:

Unit 1: Critical Reading and Summary

Unit 2: Critical Thinking and Comparison

Unit 3: Academic Research

Unit 4: Rhetorical Moves in Scholarly Writing

Required text and materials

There is no textbook for this course.

Additional requirements

Computer with Internet is required for this course. You can find detailed information about the hardware, software, and computer skills requirements for your course at


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.The final grade is determined as follows:

Assignment 1: Article Summary 15%
Assignment 2: Critical Comparison Essay 20%
Assignment 3: Annotated Bibliography 15%
Assignment 4: Research Paper 30%
Final Exam (mandatory) 20%
TOTAL 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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