ENGL 1101

3.0 Credits


The aim of this course is to prepare students to communicate and create new knowledge in the many different spheres - academic and business; personal and community - of life and work. The course is designed to help students gain control over the conventions of writing through readings, extensive writing practice, guided self-evaluation and feedback from the course tutor. Topics include effective writing processes, academic writing format and style, rhetorical methods of organization, critical reading skills and integrating and documenting research sources. Students will also learn to find guidelines for writing and apply grammatically correct and academically appropriate sentence structure, style, diction and tone.

Delivery Method

Print- or Web-Based.


Any one of the following is recommended: 73% or better on the British Columbia combined English 12 or English 12 First Peoples and Government exam (within the last five years); or Level 4 on the composition section of the Language Proficiency Index (within the last two years); or Completion of TRU English 060 or TRU-OL ENGL 0601 or equivalent.


Students with credit for SFU ENGL 1999, or TRU ENGL 1100 may not take this course for further credit. If in doubt, please consult your academic advisor.


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

  • Utilize a university-level writing process which involves prewriting, planning, multiple drafting, conferring, revising, and editing/proofreading with a focus on grammatically correct style.
  • Perform university-level critical analysis of texts by identifying and evaluating controlling ideas, supporting ideas, dominant rhetorical patterns, tone, context, and features of style.
  • Produce a substantial body of successful writing, including writing effectively under a time restriction.
  • Develop an argument with a thesis or controlling idea, using appropriate language and rhetorical patterns and accurate, relevant, specific, and sufficient supporting material for its audience and purpose.
  • Write unified, coherent paragraphs, including effective introductions and conclusions, and transitions between and within paragraphs.
  • Write correct, clear, cohesive, and effective English.
  • Vary style purposefully through manipulating sentence rhythms, sentence variety, vocabulary, and figurative language.
  • Find and evaluate source material, which may include personal knowledge and interviews, print and electronic media.
  • Integrate source material (including quotations, paraphrase, and summary) purposefully and effectively, providing suitable authority and context.
  • Document sources fully and ethically according to a current documentation system (i.e., MLA).

Course Outline

The course is organized into four instructional units, which are further divided into topics of study, as follows:

Unit 1: Writing Analytical Essays

  • Topic 1: Principles of Effective Writing
  • Topic 2: The Writing Process I-Planning
  • Topic 3: The Writing Process II-Organizing and Drafting
  • Topic 4: The Writing Process III-Revising and Editing

Unit 2: Developing a Rhetorical Repertoire

  • Topic 1: Illustration by Example
  • Topic 2: Process Analysis
  • Topic 3: Classification
  • Topic 4: Definition
  • Topic 5: Some Editing Issues

Unit 3: The Research Essay

  • Topic 1: Effective Reading
  • Topic 2: Using Secondary Research
  • Topic 3: Using Primary Sources
  • Topic 4: Comparison
  • Topic 5: Documentation
  • Topic 6: Punctuation

Unit 4: The Persuasive Essay

  • Topic 1: Cause and Effect
  • Topic 2: Evaluating and Creating Arguments
  • Topic 3: Some Elements of Style

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Students will receive all course materials including the textbook in their course package.

Reinking, James A., et al., Eds. Strategies for Successful Writing. 3rd Canadian ed. Toronto: Pearson, 2007.
Type: Textbook. ISBN 9 780131 984677

NOTE: Students will receive a custom edition of the text reprinted in 2010 by Pearson for Thompson Rivers University-Open Learning Division. Type: Textbook: ISBN 978-0-558-8365-0 / 0-558-83645-3

Additional Requirements

Access to TRU Library (either online or in person) or to a public library, to complete research is required.

Computer with Internet is required for web-based version of this course. Refer to pages 104-105 or the TRU-OL website.

Optional Materials

Supplemental Resources (Recommended)A writing handbook is a recommended resource that you can use not only in ENGL1101, but also as a reference when writing any assignment or other writing task. In addition, many handbooks have accompanying workbooks for further practice in basic writing and grammar skills; you may want to acquire one of these as well. Suggestions include the following:Hodges, John C. et al. Harbrace Handbook for Canadians. 6th ed. Scarborough: Nelson, 2003.Connor, William. Harbrace Workbook for Canadians. 6th ed. Scarborough: Nelson, 2003.Aaron, Jane E., and Murray McArthur. The Little, Brown Compact Handbook. 3rd Canadian ed. Toronto: Pearson, 2006.Aaron, Jane E., Murray McArthur, and Kathryn McArthur. Exercises to Accompany The Little, Brown Compact Handbook. 3rd Canadian ed. Toronto: Pearson, 2006.Harris, Muriel, and Judi Jewinski. Prentice Hall Reference Guide for Canadian Writers. Toronto: Pearson, 2009.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is by phone if you are taking the print version of the course and through Blackboard's "Mail" tool if you are taking the web version. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.


In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50% on the final examination and 50% overall.

The final grade is determined as follows:

Assignment 1 12.5%
Assignment 2 12.5%
Assignment 3 15%
Assignment 4 20%
Final Exam 40%