Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course will introduce students to key skills in the English major by developing their expertise in reading, writing, and critical thinking. It will promote an appreciation of the multi-faceted resources of language, and of the challenges and satisfactions entailed in writing, and in writing about, literature and culture.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Summer 2 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Outline a research project in the discipline of English;

2. Write research essays using critical analysis and argument;

3. Integrate research with critical analysis and argument;

4. Employ terms and techniques necessary for the analysis of literature in English;

5. Identify a range of cultural and linguistic issues important in the analysis of literature in English.


This course will introduce students to effective writing and reading strategies for a range of purposes and readerships. Topics will cover areas such as

  • Grammar, sentence structure, and the hierarchy of ideas
  • The art of punctuation
  • Working with words in a living language
  • Handling tone, voice, and register
  • Managing metaphor, satire, irony
  • Engaging with scholarship and different rhetorical styles
  • Managing complex ideas and arguments
  • Organization and contextual relevance
  • New technologies and new communities of reading and writing

Assessment items

Portfolio: Reading summary and Author Q&A: summary and reflection (30%)

Journal: Journal (Part 1 and 2) (20%)

Proposal / Plan: Draft Essay (10%)

In Term Test: In Class Test (10%)

Essay: Final Essay (30%)

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