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Advanced Composition And Style

Course Code: ENGL 1200
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides instruction and practice in expository and argumentative writing to further develop non-fiction prose-writing ability. Through reading selected essays and studying their own writing, students examine stylistic choices and rhetorical techniques while developing their own prose style. The course may be run as a writing workshop.

Course Content

  1. An assigned body of reading, including material on composition theory and practice;
  2. Instruction and practice in the rhetorical and stylistic analysis of non-fiction prose;
  3. Instruction and practice in the critiquing of peer papers;
  4. Instruction and practice in the substantial revision of one’s own writing;
  5. Stylistic and/or grammatical exercises; and
  6. A minimum of four writing assignments and twoadditional evaluations.

Methods of Instruction

Some or all of the following methods will be used:

  1. Lecture/discussion;
  2. Group work;
  3. Peer review of draft papers;
  4. Workshopping of finished papers;
  5. Revision of graded papers from this or other courses;
  6. Instructor feedback on students’ written work; and
  7. Individual consultation.

Means of Assessment

  1. A minimum of four academic essays, ranging from 750 - 2000 words, accounting for a minimum of 80% of the course grade (combined total). 
  2. One of the four required essays, worth at least 15% of the course grade, will be completed in-class.
  3. A minimum of two other evaluations, accounting for a maximum of 20% of the course grade (combined total).  These evaluations may involve additional writing assignments or any combination of non-writing-intensive evaluations, such as informal writing (quizzes, short answer tests), oral reports / presentations, or participation / attendance grades.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of English 1200, the successful student should be able to

  1. read receptively and reflectively, with sensitivity to the subtleties of language, and with understanding of other writers’ rhetorical strategies and stylistic choices;
  2. recognize and effectively employ in their own non-fiction prose writing a skilful interaction of ideas, words and sentences;
  3. recognize and effectively employ in their own non-fiction prose writing a range of stylistic devices, particularly in sentence construction, tone, diction and metaphor;
  4. make effective choices on each writing occasion to craft their own prose in accordance with the demands of content, context, and audience;
  5. recognize and effectively employ in their own non-fiction prose writing appropriate emphasis, momentum and rhetorical strategies;
  6. practice writing as a process involving pre-writing, drafting, revising and editing; and
  7. give and receive constructive criticism on student-generated writing.

course prerequisites

B- standing in one college-level English literature or writing course.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.