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ENGL127 Effective Writing

Key concepts of effective writing in academic and professional contexts.

Clear, powerful communication is a prerequisite of success in the academic or business world. More than ever in the Internet age, communication takes place in a written form with speech, gesture, expression or body language providing fewer clues to meaning. ENGL 127 will introduce you to - or refresh your memory of - key concepts in effective writing. We will study practical aspects of grammar, punctuation, style and mechanics at the level of the sentence, paragraph, essay and beyond. We will emphasise practical work and teach you skills that you can transfer to your own academic or professional writing projects. This paper builds on the skills taught in ENGL 128, but may be taken separately.

Paper title Effective Writing
Paper code ENGL127
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Paper Structure
Weekly one-hour lectures focused on writing at the paragraph level and beyond
Two-hour tutorials in selected weeks focusing on writing from the sentence level to the paragraph level.
Contact
Ms Nicola Cummins
Teaching staff
Convenor: Ms Nicola Cummins
Lecturers: Ms Nicola Cummins and Dr Shef Rogers
Textbooks
Williams, Joseph M. and Joseph Bizup. Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, international edition, (Pearson Longman)
Course Reader (available from the Print Shop)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who pass ENGL 127 will be able to
  • Apply a sound knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures in English to their writing in a variety of discourses
  • Summarise texts in a coherent paragraph that orders points in a logical way, expresses ideas clearly and uses consistent topic strings
  • Write an academic essay that demonstrates the above features and separates ideas into appropriate paragraphs
  • Apply the stylistic conventions of academic written English to their written work
  • Understand the concept of audience and adapt writing style to suit a particular audience
  • Use information technologies to facilitate their individual study and production of writing in English in a formal context

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 17:00-18:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T2 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T3 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T4 Tuesday 16:00-17:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T5 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T6 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T7 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T8 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T9 Thursday 10:00-11:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T10 Thursday 12:00-13:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T11 Thursday 14:00-15:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40

Key concepts of effective writing in academic and professional contexts.

Clear, powerful communication is a prerequisite of success in the academic or business world. More than ever in the Internet age, communication takes place in a written form with speech, gesture, expression or body language providing fewer clues to meaning. ENGL 127 will introduce you to - or refresh your memory of - key concepts in effective writing. We will study practical aspects of grammar, punctuation, style and mechanics at the level of the sentence, paragraph, essay and beyond. We will emphasise practical work and teach you skills that you can transfer to your own academic or professional writing projects. This paper builds on the skills taught in ENGL 128, but may be taken separately.

Paper title Effective Writing
Paper code ENGL127
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Summer School
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact
Ms Nicola Cummins
Teaching staff
Convenor: Ms Nicola Cummins
Lecturers: Ms Nicola Cummins and Dr Shef Rogers
Paper Structure
Weekly one-hour lectures focused on writing at the paragraph level and beyond
Two-hour tutorials in selected weeks focusing on writing from the sentence level to the paragraph level
Textbooks
Williams, Joseph M. and Joseph Bizup. Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, international edition, (Pearson Longman)
Course Reader (available from the Print Shop)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who pass ENGL 127 will be able to
  • Apply a sound knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures in English to their writing in a variety of discourses
  • Summarise texts in a coherent paragraph that orders points in a logical way, expresses ideas clearly and uses consistent topic strings
  • Write an academic essay that demonstrates the above features and separates ideas into appropriate paragraphs
  • Apply the stylistic conventions of academic written English to their written work
  • Understand the concept of audience and adapt writing style to suit a particular audience
  • Use information technologies to facilitate their individual study and production of writing in English in a formal context

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 17:00-18:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T2 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T3 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T4 Tuesday 16:00-17:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T5 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T6 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T7 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T8 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T9 Thursday 10:00-11:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T10 Thursday 12:00-13:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
T11 Thursday 14:00-15:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40

Summer School

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 09:00-09:50 2-7
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 2-7
Friday 09:00-09:50 2-7

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 10:00-10:50 3-7
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 2-7
Friday 10:00-10:50 2-7
T2 Monday 12:00-12:50 3-7
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 2-7
Friday 12:00-12:50 2-7
T3 Monday 10:00-10:50 3-7
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 2-7
Friday 10:00-10:50 2-7