WRIT101-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Writing for Academic Success

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


Writing for Academic Success fosters the capacity for analytical thought about texts and language. The course also provides training in the writing of clear and effective prose, inculcates awareness of crucial structural and rhetorical features of expository writing, and encourages the application of that awareness to writing in a range of academic and professional contexts.

The course relies on both lectures and tutorials that function with a workshop mode of delivery, with small class size for the latter enabling students to receive individual guidance and to participate fully in intensive reading and writing assignments, class discussions and peer response workshops. These activities will help students learn the processes of evaluating data, identifying and interpreting patterns of logic, and persuasively arguing for the significance of those interpretations. Though it draws on rhetorical and critical skills that are central to the study of English, its content and method are accessible and appropriate to students from all of the Colleges.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, then, students will learn:

  • to analyse prose, identify and summarise the argument of a text, and critique the argument of a text;
  • to find information, to evaluate evidence and sources, and to manage the intellectual property of others while developing their own ideas;
  • to produce clear writing of their own that is appropriate to a given audience and purpose;
  • to produce a formal document, edited and proofread, that adheres to the standard mechanics of grammar and spelling.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 A1 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 225 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 446 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
03 Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 443 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
04 Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 340 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
05 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 101 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Karen Saunders


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Participation 10%
Essay 1 20%
Essay 2 30%
Essay 3 40%

There is no final exam in this course.


Required Text
• Hacker, Diana; The Bedford Handbook (8th Edition, 2010). (Available from U.B.S.)

(NOTE: While the library has copies of this text available for both 3-hour and 3-day loan, these are earlier editions and it is a required text so we recommend that you purchase your own copy from the University Book Store. This text will prove useful throughout your time at university.)

Course readings will also be available on Learn.

(Image: "365::15-write" by Sarah Reld. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.)

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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