Fundamentals of Effective Writing

WRIT 120/3.0

Overview

WRIT 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 WRIT 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, WRIT 120 does not focus on academic essay composition.

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.

Terms

Winter 2023
Course Dates
Exam Dates
Delivery Mode
Online

Evaluation

10% - Assignment 1: Understanding Genre

20% - Assignment 2: Correcting Errors in a Document

25% - Assignment 3: Writing an Informative Speech (Outline 5%  Final 20%)

20% - Assignment 4: Writing a Formal or Executive Summary

20% - Discussion Forums

5% - Development as a Writer

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities).

Instructor Information

Professor Lori Vos (vosl@queensu.ca)

Textbook and Materials

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/Search-Engine to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.

Required Textbook

  • Henderson, Eric. Writing by Choice, Third Edition. Oxford University Press Canada, 2015.

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 (July–August) 2023
Course Dates
Delivery Mode
Online

Evaluation

25% - Assignment 1: Correcting Errors in a Document
35% - Assignment 2: Outline, Speech and Reflection
20% - Assignment 3: Executive Summary
0% - Discussion 1: Police Quiz Discussion
5% - Discussion 2: Share a Speech
5% - Discussion 3: Award Acceptance
5% - Quiz 1: Understanding Genre
5% - Development as a Writer

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities).

Instructor Information

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

Textbook and Materials

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/Search-Engine to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.

Required Textbook

  • Henderson, Eric. Writing by Choice, Third Edition. Oxford University Press Canada, 2015.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximaty 18-20 hours a week (114 hours per term) in practice, study and online activity for WRIT 120.