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Course Description

This course is an 8-week asynchronous delivery model. It is recommended that students spend an average of 15 learning hours per week on this course work. 


This 100% online course teaches the writing and composition skills needed for successful university study and is intended for students with English as a first language. This course is accepted by Dalhousie University in place of NS Grade 12 English to prepare you for the writing demands in all university-level courses.

Course Outline

Course Topics Covered:

  • write effectively structured, coherent paragraphs
  • write essays using conventional techniques for gathering material, choosing a topic, forming a thesis statement, preparing an out-line, writing the first draft, editing and revising
  • use various methods of developing paragraphs and essays, for example narration, description, cause and effect, argument and persuasion
  • read critically, assessing authors’ ideas and techniques; basic aspects of grammar and style will also be reviewed.

Brief journal entries will be submitted weekly in addition to assignments, and participants are asked to be available online on specific dates for assessments (these dates will be confirmed by the Instructor on the first day of the course).

What You Will Learn

This course teaches the writing and composition skills needed for successful university study.

Notes

Please note that Writing Skills for Academic Study is accepted by Dalhousie University as a prerequisite for admission in place of NS Grade 12 English. This course does NOT however, meet the English Proficiency requirement for admission into Dalhousie University.

* University Prep courses are non-credit preparatory courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that each course he/she enrolls in is accepted at other post-secondary institutions, beyond Dalhousie University.

The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

 

Prerequisites

No prerequisites required for this course.

Recommended For

For Mature Students seeking admissions to a Bachelor of Arts degree, this is one of the requirements for admission. 

This course is intended for students with English as a first language.

Testimonials

Since English is not my first language, I was afraid to write essays in English, but this course took the fear from me. I now feel prepared to start my program at a university.

~ Sasha Neiwerth


The course was interesting and engaging. I learned more than I thought I would and gained confidence in my essay writing!

~ Anthony McNeil


"The material was always interesting and the teacher was a fair marker. The courses improved my essay writing and paragraph structure and also helped me get back into the swing of things after a break from school. The workload was never overwhelming and the teacher was always sure we understood class material."

 

~ Victoria Thompson


"The course was beneficial for my writing. I feel confident that I have obtained the skills required to succeed in university."

 

~ Mark Kearney

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Section Title
Writing Skills for Academic Study
Type
Online - Self-Paced
Dates
Sep 19, 2022 to Nov 11, 2022
Total Learning Hours
120.0
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $775.00
Section Notes

An e-textbook is required to be purchased for this course through the DAL Bookstore. Information on how to purchase and set up an e-textbook will be provided in a separate email once registration and course payment has been processed.

HyFlex combines the terms “hybrid” and “flexible.” Hybrid learning refers to learning that integrates complementary face-to-face (synchronous) and on-line learning (asynchronous) experiences. In our UPrep HyFlex Weekly TUTORIALS, students can choose from one of 2 participation paths: 

- Participate in face-to-face synchronous class sessions in-person (in a classroom at the Mona Campbell building) OR

- Participate via video conference (TEAMS OR COLLABORATE)

There will be approximately 15 hours of asynchronous content per week that you can complete on your own schedule.

Section Title
Writing Skills for Academic Study
Type
Online - Self-Paced
Dates
Jan 16, 2023 to Mar 10, 2023
Total Learning Hours
120.0
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $775.00
Section Notes

An e-textbook is required to be purchased for this course through the DAL Bookstore. Information on how to purchase and set up an e-textbook will be provided in a separate email once registration and course payment has been processed.

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