Writing in Academic Contexts

WRIT 225/3.0

Writing 225 allows students to choose from a set of wide-ranging writing assignments including, but not limited to, the critical review, the lab report, travel writing, and the annotated bibliography. This allows concentration on the types of writing students encounter in university. Students will choose the assignments that best suit their academic interests and requirements. While WRIT 125 covers the basics of academic essay writing, WRIT 225 will allow students to work on more complex types of assignments in academic writing. A basic understanding of essay-writing is therefore required and expected.


Choice of Unit 1 or 210%
Grammar Test10%
Choose 4 Units to complete from Unit 3-10 (each worth 15% to make up 60%)60%


  1. Personal Reflective Essay
  2. Website Assessment
  3. Critical Thinking 1: Film or Technology Review
  4. Creating an Effective PowerPoint Presentation
  5. Interview
  6. Lab Report
  7. Critical Thinking 2: Position Paper
  8. Annotated Bibliography
  9. Research Proposal
  10. Travel Writing or Writing Effective Poster Presentations

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop awareness of the types of writing in various academic fields in a university setting
  • Strengthen writing skills that can be used widely, both in academe and in the workplace
  • Consolidate knowledge of the mechanics of writing, such as grammar, syntax, diction, and sentence structure
  • Acquisition and application of critical thinking skills through writing and constructive peer evaluation and on-line discussion


Dr. Martina Hardwick first arrived in Kingston in 1992 to begin graduate work at Queen’s University. Following the completion of her PhD (History) in early 1998, she began teaching at Queen’s in the History Department and working at the Writing Centre.  She created Writing 195: Modular Writing, as it was then known, in 2004, and it has since undergone a metamorphosis into Writing 225. Her History teaching is in the fields of Canadian Social history and material culture or non-textual sources in historical research.

Time Commitment

The time commitment varies with the assignments, but on average students should expect to spend at least 10 hours per week doing the readings, reviewing for the grammar test, and completing their assignments. About two hours per week, on average, should be spent in course-related on-line activities such as the discussion forum.

Course Resources


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.


Moodle 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 Moodle 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 requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

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

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.