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Writing and Learning Skills Adjunct for CFCS Students

Course Code: ENGU 0425
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English Upgrading
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is a writing and study skills adjunct course for students enrolled in the CFCS programs. It is intended for students who have some experience in writing for academic purposes, but require further instruction and practice in the kinds of writing required in program courses. Therefore, exercises will be based on integrated course writing assignments, and students will develop writing and learning skills and strategies specific to these assignments. Students will improve their ability to take notes, generate appropriate content, organize information and ideas, and use language accurately.

Course Content

The course content includes four types of writing (reflective, summary/discussion, report/analysis, report/ research), note-taking, and study skills.  Punctuation and grammar will be addressed in the context of writing assignments.  The writing tasks will be derived from CFCS 1110, 1120, 1130 and 1140 writing assignments and sequenced accordingly.   The tasks and emphasis selected will address students' particular needs and interests each term.

  1. Reflective writing
    • describing personal experience
    • interpreting or evaluating personal experiences in relation to course concepts and theories
    • identifying themes in personal experience    
  2. Summary/discussion
    • summarizing material
    • discussing material critically in relation to course concepts and theories
  3. Report/analysis
    • reporting data from observations, interview or personal experience
    • analyzing data in relation to course concepts and theories
  4. Report/research
    • reporting, synthesizing, interpreting data and research material
    • developing arguments and providing adequate supporting evidence
    • following APA conventions for citing, integrating and documenting sources
  5. Note-taking and Study Skills  
    • taking notes in class
    • taking notes from texts
    • developing memory strategies
    • developing test-taking techniques

Methods of Instruction

The instructor will use a variety of methods, including short lectures, demonstrations, exercises, structured activities, group discussions and small group work.

Means of Assessment

A mastery model of on-going evaluation will be used.  A student will reach mastery when s/he has demonstrated through satisfactory completion of assignments, quizzes, attendance and participation in in-class learning events that the course objectives have been achieved.  Progress will be monitored on regular basis by the instructor in consultation with the student.

Learning Outcomes

This course will support students as they learn to examine and apply CFCS course concepts in written assignments.

Course objectives will emphasize recognizing assignment genre, developing suitable content, organizing ideas and information effectively, and using language and punctuation appropriately and accurately.

Within this context, students will improve their ability to do the following kinds of writing:

  1. Reflective Writing
  2. Summary/Discussion
  3. Report/Analysis
  4. Report/Research

Course objectives will also include improving note-taking and study skills.

course prerequisites

CFCS Assessment Referral or Instructor Permission


Enrolled in CFCS Core Program

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.