ACADENG 101 : Academic English Writing


2024 Semester Two (1245) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Teaches students the skills necessary to write essays of exposition and argument for university purposes. It includes brainstorming, writing an outline, structuring an essay, integrating quotations, summaries and referencing.

Course Overview

This course can help you improve your academic writing needed in other subjects, in particular, planning and writing essays. The course guides you through the process of writing academic expository and argument essays.
It begins with planning using brainstorming including freewriting, mind mapping, listing and outlining. It then moves on to the structure of an essay, developing an introduction with a strong thesis statement, paragraphs including topic sentences with logically developed supporting sentences and conclusions. Linking expressions and cohesive devices develop fluency.
Learning how to use the library to find appropriate academic sources and then integrating and referencing them accurately in essays through summarising and quoting helps you avoid plagiarism. The features of argument academic essays are practised: argument, counterargument and refutation.
This course also focuses on academic style and examines the key characteristics of academic writing, the kind of writing that is required at University.
ACADENG 101 is also an approved course for students who have not met the Academic English Language Requirement (AELR). The course is available as an AELR course to students from all faculties except Business.
NOTE: This course is available only to students who speak English as an additional language.

Course Requirements

Restriction: May not be taken if ACADENG 93F, 201, 210, ENGWRIT 101, ESOL 201, 210, TFCACENG 93F has previously been passed. This course is available only to students who speak English as an additional language

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Think more critically about their writing, including what they write and how they write at tertiary level. (Capability 3 and 4)
  2. Write effective sentences incorporated into well-developed paragraphs. (Capability 3, 4 and 6)
  3. Produce appropriate in-text references and a list of references according to APA style. (Capability 3 and 8)
  4. Write university-level expository and argument essays in appropriate academic style. (Capability 3, 4, 6 and 8)
  5. Develop an essay plan by brainstorming ideas and organising ideas in an outline. (Capability 3, 4 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignment 1 10% Individual Coursework
Assignment 2 20% Individual Coursework
Quizzes 10% Individual Coursework
Mid-Semester Test 30% Individual Test
Final Test 30% Individual Test

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect 48 hours of combined lectures, tutorials and blended online materials, 24 hours of reading and thinking about the content, 24 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation, plus additional study during the study breaks.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable. The course is delivered through 2 sessions per week totalling 3 hours of tutorials on campus, blended with an online component comprising one recorded lecture and quiz for individual online learning. 70% attendance is required to pass the course. Classroom sessions will not be recorded. This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Students will be provided with the relevant course materials and access to an electronic copy of the course book on Canvas.
A new, unused copy of the course book, ACADENG 101/ 93F. Academic English Writing can be purchased from UBIQ bookstore, Student Commons Building, 2 Alfred Street, Auckland Central 1010 or from UBIQ online.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Tutorial PPT slides now posted weekly on Canvas, as well as Lecture PPTs.
Exam instructions modified and more thorough.
Above changes have been made in response to student feedback.

Other Information

Attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes. Attendance is recorded. Students must attend at least 70% of all classes to pass the course, not including excused absences for medical reasons or equivalent.  Failure to meet this attendance requirement may result in a final grade of DNC (Did Not Complete) which is a fail grade. Failure to attend the Final Exam will result in a DNS grade (Did Not Sit) – also a fail grade.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 06/06/2024 02:30 p.m.