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Writing – Fundamental Level

Course Code: ENGU 0250
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English Upgrading
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is designed for students with little writing experience who wish to develop their self-expression on paper. The course focuses on writing as a systematic process. Assignments encourage students to move from personal to public forms of writing. Students receive assistance with developing the complexity of their sentence structure and learning how to edit their writing. Assignments and exercises focus on current events and issues that are relevant to the students’ lives.

Course Content

Where appropriate, students will receive instruction concerning:

The Process of Composing:

  • generating ideas
  • accessing information
  • setting purpose
  • recognizing audience's expectations
  • organizing ideas
  • planning design
  • initial drafting
  • obtaining feedback
  • evaluating drafts and feedback
  • redrafting and revising
  • editing for errors
  • producing final copy

Grammatical Structures:

  • fragments and run-ons
  • simple, compound and complex sentences
  • standard and irregular verb forms
  • subject-verb agreement and consistent verb tense
  • standard pronoun reference and agreement
  • modifiers


  • capitals
  • end punctuation
  • commas
  • quotation marks
  • semi-colon, colon, hyphen, dash


  • effective spelling strategies such as phonics, structural analysis, generalizations, sight study
  • common irregularly spelled words
  • a dictionary and other spelling aids
  • homonyms, antonyms and synonyms
  • rules for adding affixes
  • contractions and abbreviations

Methods of Instruction

A combination of different instructional methods will be used in order to balance instructional efficiency with individual student needs. Small group instruction, individual assistance (in lab tutorial or scheduled appointments) and student directed learning will be selected where appropriate and possible. Collaborative learning will be encouraged.

Means of Assessment

A mastery model of on-going evaluation will be used.  A student will have completed the course when he/she has demonstrated through satisfactory completion of exercises and assignments that the course objectives have been achieved.

Progress will be monitored on a regular basis by the instructor in consultation with each student.

The student will be expected to maintain regular attendance and progress and to undertake independent learning as directed.  Regular feedback and informal progress reports will be available from the instructor.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of the course are for students to:

  1. develop confidence and enjoyment from personal writing activities;
  2. gain initial knowledge of and experience using the processes of writing;
  3. gain initial knowledge of and experience in constructing paragraphs;
  4. improve competency in constructing sentences;
  5. improve awareness and control of the conventions of standard written English;
  6. improve awareness and control of the degree of formality suitable for different writing tasks;
  7. demonstrate growth in ability to produce written communication that expresses personal feeling and ideas;
  8. demonstrate growth in ability to write for different purposes and for various audiences;
  9. demonstrate initial competency with constructing multi-sentence paragraphs.

course prerequisites

ENGU 0156 or permission of instructor

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.