Summer 2024 - FASS 222 D100

Special Topics in Arts and Social Sciences: Academic Communication (1)

Writing Right

Class Number: 4414

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Jun 17, 2024: Thu, 10:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    15 units.



Introduces to the basic knowledge and skills required for producing accurate, responsible and effective written and verbal academic communication in the arts and social sciences. Topics vary with instructor expertise. No prior knowledge of the topic is required. Suitable for students across all disciplines. Students may take this course for credit up to three times if a different topic is taught. Students with credit for FASS 200 or FASS 205 may not take this course for further credit unless a different topic is offered.


Selected Topics: Writing Right

Provides an opportunity for students to undertake a close revision of a previously written paper in order to learn how to improve the clarity, economy, and flow of their writing. Activities are designed to teach students how to revise their work more effectively. The writing and revision strategies worked on in this course are applicable across all disciplines.


  1. Through a series of low stakes writing activities, gain an awareness of how past writing experiences have shaped your understanding of who you are as a writer.
  2. Understand that strong writing comes through focused revisions.
  3. Revise your own work using a variety of strategies to improve clarity, economy and style.
  4. Learn how to thoughtfully critique the work of peers.
  5. Incorporate revision suggestions of peers into your work.
FASS 222 D100 runs for 5 weeks (sessions on May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6). The first session is 1 hour, the rest of 4 sessions are 3 hours each. This is a 1 credit course.

You can take more than one FASS Forward 1 credit course, as long as the topic is different. See the other courses here


  • Grading is pass/fail 100%


This FASS Forward course is delivered entirely in-person. It is designed to improve your skills for future success and work in this class is expected to be of high quality. A competency-based grading system will be used to assess your academic performance and active participation in all learning activities. That means only a P (pass) or F (fail) will appear on your transcript. There is no numerical equivalent for the final grade, and it does not affect either your grade point average or cumulative grade point average.

  • P (pass) means that you have demonstrated your competency in relation to the learning objectives, met all the criteria for the course, and demonstrated the skills you have acquired.
  • F (fail) means that you do not receive credit for the course.



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Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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.


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the term are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.