Fundamentals of Effective Writing

WRIT 120/3.0

A focus on the principles and practical applications of effective writing. Students apply effective writing strategies to address a variety of professional and academic audiences. Students plan, outline, write, and revise reader-centred documents that relate to forms and contexts they will encounter in the workplace and in educational environments.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to

  • recognize the iterative nature of the writing process and employ proven strategies to effectively revise your own writing;
  • participate in a writing community that fosters independent, peer, and collaborative writing skills to become a more intentional communicator;
  • practice writing in different styles and formats to meet the needs and expectations of academic and professional audiences;
  • use clear writing strategies to resolve common errors by identifying and correcting weaknesses in grammar, mechanics, style, and tone.

Description

Writing 120 focuses on the principles and practical applications of effective writing. Students apply effective writing strategies to address a variety of professional and academic audiences. Students plan, outline, write, and revise reader-centred documents that relate to forms and contexts they will encounter in the workplace and in educational institutions.

Assignments in Writing 120 focus on developing effective writing skills through short, writing-intensive tasks, diagnostic and evaluative quizzes, practical planning, drafting and revising exercises, group activities and active learning. While students will develop the necessary writing skills to address a wide variety of academic and professional tasks, Writing 120 does not focus on academic essay composition.

Terms

Winter 2017
Course Dates: 
Jan 9 - Apr 7, 2017
Exam Dates: 
N/A

Evaluation

Assignment 1: Understanding Genre

10%
Assignment 2: Correcting Errors in a Document15%

Assignment 3: Write an Informative Speech

25%
Assignment 4: Executive Summary25%
Discussion Forums20%
Personal Improvement Discretionary Mark5%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Instructor

Professor Laura Kinderman (l.kinderman@queensu.ca) and Lori Vos (vosl@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximaty 9-10 hours a week (114 hours per term) in practice, study and online activity for WRIT 120.

Summer 16: July - Aug
Course Dates: 
July 4 - Aug 12, 2016
Exam Dates: 
N/A

Evaluation

Assignment 1: Understanding Genre

10%
Assignment 2: Correcting Errors in a Document15%

Assignment 3: Write an Informative Speech

25%
Assignment 4: Executive Summary25%
Discussion Forums20%
Personal Improvement Discretionary Mark5%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Instructor

Dr. Laura Kinderman (l.kinderman@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximaty 9-10 hours a week (114 hours per term) in practice, study and online activity for WRIT 120.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

OnQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the OnQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2016-17 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $648.40; for a 6.0-unit course, $1296.80. See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.