Writing for Research, Analysis, and Reflection

WRIT 225/3.0


While WRIT 125 covers the basics of academic essay writing, WRIT 225 will allow students to work on more complex types of assessments in academic writing. A basic understanding of essay-writing is therefore required and expected at the same time. 

WRIT 225 invites students to expand their skills and try their hand at a variety of writing forms organized into four modules: Critical Thinking and Writing, Research Skills, Reflecting Writing Skills, and Presentation Skills. Within each module, Students will be able to choose their individual assessments, which include but are not limited to critical reviews, lab reports, and reflective essays.  Learning will also be facilitated through peer feedback and discussion activities.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrated ability to write for a range of audiences in both academic and workplace environments
  • Consolidated knowledge of the mechanics of writing such as grammar, syntax, diction, and sentence structure
  • Developed and applied critical thinking skills through writing, constructive peer evaluation, and online discussion
  • Strengthened teamwork skills by working in the online community to create writing that communicates a message to a larger audience


Winter 2023
Course Dates
Delivery Mode


5% - Critical Thinking Discussion Activity
15% - Choice of: Website Analysis OR Critical Review OR Position Paper
15% - Grammar Test
10% - Annotated Bibliography Peer Feedback Activity
15% - Choice of: Research Proposal OR Lab Report OR Informational Interview
5% - Reflective Thinking Peer Discussion Activity
15% - Choice of: Personal Essay OR Travel Writing OR Writing Portfolio
15% - PowerPoint Presentation (Group)
5% - Reflective Response (Individual)

*Evaluation Subject to Change*

Live Sessions

This course has required live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.

Instructor Information

Dr. Martina Hardwick (hardwick@queensu.ca)

Instructor Message

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.

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 Texts

  • John J. Ruszkiewicz (4th edition). How to Write Anything: A Guide and Reference with Readings. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Time Commitment

The time commitment varies with the assignments, but on average students should expect to spend approximately 9-10 hours per week (114 hours per term) on the course.