ENG106 - Writing Strategies

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Subject Title
Writing Strategies

Subject Description
This course focuses on critical thinking and the rhetorical elements of both persuasive and evaluative forms of writing. Students will learn to differentiate among shades of fact and opinion and between objectivity and bias, and to apply the techniques of sound argument for a variety of purposes. The main elements of effective communication and research techniques are also examined. 

Credit Status
ENG106 or its equivalent is a required course in most of Seneca's degree programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Apply the elements of critical thinking to reading and writing.
2. Respond appropriately to diversity of opinion and conflicting points of view.
3. Avoid, through recognition, bias and logical fallacies.
4. Synthesize others' ideas from verbal and written communication.
5. Apply sound persuasive techniques.
6. Demonstrate effective evaluative and research writing using argumentative and analytical techniques.
7. Assess the strength and validity of others' writing.
8. Employ correct grammar, punctuation and sentence mechanics in written assignments.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Two interrelated components of ENG106 are writing skills and critical thinking.  Students will be asked to explore a variety of writing strategies including but not limited to rhetorical modes, critiques, interpretive and critical analyses and research essays.  Being a university level English course, a certain level of proficiency on the part of the student will be assumed; however, the course will also include an overview of recurring grammatical errors to be avoided.  In terms of critical thinking, students will be asked to assess material for weaknesses and strengths.  An author’s style, arguments and methods of construction will be closely examined to form independent assessments.  Combining the two elements of writing skills and critical thinking will augment a student’s ability to communicate effectively. 

Mode of Instruction
Your professor will use a variety of appropriate teaching modes and techniques, such as the following: lecture, questions and answer, tutorials, classroom discussion, group work, individual and/or group presentation, computer-aided instruction, consultation, etc.

Prescribed Texts

  Henderson, Eric. Becoming an Active Reader, Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195447507                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Reference Material

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style):

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Term Work 75%
Final Exam 25%

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more. It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. Marks may be deducted from the final grade for lack of use of Standard English.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy.    

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood