ENGWRIT 101 : English Writing for Academic Purposes


2024 Summer School (1240) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A skills-based analysis of texts written for academic purposes. Topics include: essays of comparison and contrast, argumentative essays, problem solution texts, literature reviews, critiques, and report writing.

Course Overview

English Writing 101 helps you produce well-written and well-structured assignments, which address the question being asked in an appropriate way. The course focuses on the process of essay writing and looks at the types of writing students are asked to produce in undergraduate assignments across different subjects and genres (e.g. argument, definition, comparison, critical analysis, literature review, case study, report).

This is a course with a strong skills-based component built into the workshops and tutorials, so we require you to attend at least 70% of workshops and tutorials. English Writing 101 can be used to fulfil the Academic English Language Requirement (AELR). It is a required course in the Arts and Science Curated Pathway programmes, and it also part of a major in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Academic English Studies and Linguistics.

To be successful in this course, you need to be fluent in spoken and written English. This is NOT a course in English as a Second Language.

Course Requirements

Restriction: ENGWRIT 94F

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Write more easily and in a more organised way (Capability 3 and 6)
  2. Improve peer review, revising and editing skills (Capability 4, 6 and 7)
  3. Research topics more effectively and think more critically (Capability 1, 3, 4 and 8)
  4. Write a variety of text types (Capability 3, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Courework 75% Individual Coursework
Exam 25% Individual Examination
A minimum 70% attendance is required at both workshops and tutorials. Students who attend less than this will receive DNC (Did Not Complete) as their final grade. 

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course. Students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in over Summer School. For this course, per week you can expect 4 hours of lectures, a 2 hour workshop, a 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 9 hours of work on assignments and other writing tasks. 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

7o% minimum attendance is required in workshops & tutorials to complete course requirements. Failure to attend 70% of workshops & tutorials results in DNC (Did Not Complete) = a fail grade.

Lectures will be available as recordings. Workshops are recorded but as these require participation (writing tasks), the recording is less useful. Tutorials will not be available as recordings.

This course is not available for delivery to students studying remotely outside NZ in 2024.

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.

The English Writing 101 coursebook is available for free as a pdf on the course Canvas Homepage and can also be bought for around $20 from the UBIQ bookshop on campus.  

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.

Coursebook answers are regularly provided throughout the course, lecture ppts provided before the lecture, tutorial task instructions have been made clearer, quiz questions have been simplified, and the number of assessments reduced. All these changes were made in response to student feedback in the last year.  

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 http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

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 https://canvas.auckland.ac.nz/courses/33894, 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 https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

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 https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


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 18/10/2023 02:43 p.m.