Spring 2019 - ENGL 199W D200

Introduction to University Writing (3)

Class Number: 1504

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5015, Burnaby

  • 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.


Writing Intensive

English 199 teaches students the principles of effective university writing. Focusing specifically on the research genres, it addresses the conditions students encounter as readers at university, and the expectations they must meet as writers at university.  Accordingly, students should be prepared to read and master complex and often lengthy scholarly material from a variety of disciplines, and to concentrate on developing their own ability to compose rigorous scholarly argument. Assuming students' competence at sentence level and presupposing experience of the contexts of university writing, English 199 is neither a remedial course nor one suitable for writers seeking ESL instruction.

NOTE: English 199 is a writing-intensive course, and therefore it is advisable that students schedule time for writing on an ongoing basis.


  • Summary 15%
  • Critical Summary 20%
  • Midterm 15%
  • Final Paper 30%
  • Portfolio 10%
  • Active Participation 10%


NOTE: No one will be admitted to the course after the second class.


There will be a variety of short assignments, ranging from 500 to 1500 words, developed from assigned readings of the type described above.

One of these assignments (the midterm) will be composed in class, and a passing grade in the in-class assignment will be a necessary - but not sufficient - condition for passing the course.



Giltrow, et al., Academic Writing: An Introduction, 3rd ed., 2014; Broadview

Plus articles available on Canvas.
ISBN: 9781554811878

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.

For all On-Campus Courses, please note the following:
- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
- When choosing your schedule, remember to check "Show lab/tutorial sections" to see all Lecture/Seminar/Tutorial times required.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html