Spring 2019 - ENGL 199W E100

Introduction to University Writing (3)

Class Number: 1513

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 6:30 PM – 9:20 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.


This course will introduce students to the principles of effective scholarly writing. We are going to look at a series of four paired articles or reviews (eight items in all) arguing different (though not always adversarial) points of view on a range of controversial issues in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Students will be required to isolate the gist of each argument; to identify the kinds of evidence and modes of reasoning by which it is supported; to sniff out weaknesses; and to construct and defend their own judgements as to which viewpoint is most successfully upheld.  

Grades will be determined on the basis of students' response papers to each of the four paired articles, and a series of in-class writing exercises and tests.  

Assuming students' competence at sentence level and presupposing some experience in the contexts of university writing, ENGL 199W is neither a remedial course nor one suitable for writers seeking ESL instruction.


  • Attendance and participation 10%
  • Response papers 1-2 (1000-1500 words each) 30%
  • Response papers 3-4 (1000-1500 words each) 40%
  • In-class writing 15%
  • MLA Style test 5%



All supporting materials will be put on Canvas by the instructor.

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