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Writing for Research, Analysis, & Reflection

WRIT 225/3.0

This course enables students to develop a clear, concise writing style while enhancing their critical thinking, research, reflective writing, teamwork, and presentation skills. Students may choose from a number of assessments – including reviews, personal essays, and research proposals – according to their interests and writing goals.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the winter term

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


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.


Winter 2023
Course Dates: 
Jan. 9 - April 10, 2023
Exam Dates: 
April 14 - 27, 2023


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.


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.

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.

Course Resources


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About OnQ

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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:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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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

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Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks, if required, 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.