Spring 2018 - ENGL 199W E100

Introduction to University Writing (3)

Class Number: 1358

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    HCC 1535, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    12 units.



An introduction to reading and writing in the academic disciplines. Students with credit for ENGL 199 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


This course teaches the argumentative essay from two directions. First, there will be direct lessons on basic essay writing: summary, exposition, illustration, comparison, sequence, arguments, sentence formation, quotation, and citation. I also teach grammar through a series of quizzes, ten in total, and format through direct lessons including sample papers and writing guides. Second, we study style and content through the course readings and assignments.

English 199W is neither a remedial course nor is it appropriate for EAL students who are seeking an English credit; the course assumes basic skills at the sentence level and some experience with writing argumentative essays. This course is writing intensive, so students should schedule time for writing on a regular and ongoing basis.


The ability to use scholarly formats and structures to construct rhetorically powerful essays.


  • Participation 15%
  • Grammar Quizzes 10%
  • Essay #1: Plagiarism and Citation 5%
  • Essay #2: Example/Illustration 20%
  • Essay #3: Comparison 20%
  • Essay #4: Revision Paper 30%




There is one minor essay and three major essays essays on the course. The minor essay is on scholarly citation and plagiarism, and the major essays are on example/illustration, comparison, and finally revision. For the revision paper, you will rewrite and expand either your example/illustration or your comparison paper. In addition, you will bring rough drafts of all of your major essays to class for peer editing.



There is no textbook for this course. All readings are online or availble as handouts.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

IMPORTANT NOTE Re 300 and 400 level courses: 75% of spaces in 300 level English courses, and 100% of spaces in 400 level English courses, are reserved for declared English Major, Minor, Extended Minor, Joint Major, and Honours students only, until open enrollment begins.

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- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
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Registrar Notes:

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