Which AWR course is right for me?

Earning a passing mark in any AWR-designated course at UVic will meet the University of Victoria's Academic Writing Requirement. So, which course should you take? Note that some academic programs require their students to take a particular course; please check your program requirements or consult with an academic adviser before making a decision. If you don’t have any specific program requirements, you can simply sign up for the course that seems to match your interests and needs!

This informational video explains different course offerings.

Which Academic Writing Requirement (AWR) course is right for me?

ATWP 135: Academic Reading and Writing (1.5 units)

ATWP 135 has been designed to support students working towards degrees in all academic programs across the university. (This is not a literature course.) ATWP 135 will build on your high school writing, reading, and research experiences to help you learn and practice skills needed to thrive in upper-level courses. You will read texts by researchers from a range of academic disciplines working within the conventions of different scholarly fields. You will also produce various types of academic writing, including a research paper, in preparation for future projects in your major field of study. Sample ATWP 135 syllabus

ATWP 135 will be of particular interest to students

  • Who are ready to undertake university-level reading and writing;
  • Who want to develop strong reading, writing, and research skills suitable for any program of study;
  • And who are interested in analyzing academic language and arguments produced for a range of different audiences.

ENSH 101: Themes in Literature (1.5 units)

English 101 is for students interested in learning how to research and write at the university level through the study of literature. Readings may include fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction (think Cheryl Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves, Art Spiegelman's graphic novel, Maus, and short stories by Sto:lo author Lee Maracle). In this class, you will develop your academic writing skills while making research-based arguments about literacy texts. English 101 is suitable for any discipline.

This course will appeal to students if

  • You are interested in thinking about what literature can tell us about the world;
  • You want a chance to read some exciting fiction, poetry, and drama from our time;
  • You want to sharpen your writing and speaking skills while discussing great works of literature;
  • And/or you're considering an English major or minor.

ENSH 102: Literature in Action (1.5 units)

English 102 is for students interested in learning how to research and write and the university level through the study of literature. If you are passionate about literature (think capital "L" Literature), this course if for you! This class devotes its time to a single text or set of texts and explores how those texts get adapted, interpreted, and transformed – the “action” of the title – in different contexts. (For instance, classes may focus on how Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart influenced the development of an African literature or on Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven which references both Shakespeare's plays and contemporary comics.)  The assignments you will complete in English 102 will develop skills for writing about literature and for making research-based academic arguments in any discipline. 

This course will appeal to you if 

  • You're interested in the way we've told stories over the centuries;
  • You like to think about how literary traditions have been transformed over time;
  • You want to sharpen your writing and speaking skills while discussing great works of literature;
  • And/or you're considering an English major or minor.

ENGR 110: Design and Communication 1 (2.5 units)

ENGR 110 is intended for students who are

  • Enrolled in an Engineering program
  • Looking forward to completing a class that connects writing and research with engineering design projects.

If you’re enrolled (or planning to enrol) in first year Engineering, then this is the perfect course for you. It meets the university’s Academic Writing Requirement, while also meeting your needs and interests as engineering students. The course has been specially designed to integrate an Engineering Design Lab (1.0 credit)—taught by engineering faculty—with an Academic Writing component (1.5 credit), taught in computer labs by instructors from the Academic and Technical Writing Program.

On the Communications side, you’ll read and write about the design projects set for you on the Design side: you’ll analyze a range of readings on engineering topics, learn about the rhetorical conventions academic writers use, and apply these in your own writing.  Using prewriting, peer review, reflection, and revision, you’ll discover that, much like effective designs, effective writing that conveys its purpose clearly and concisely is an ongoing process. The unique synergy between these two sides of the course—Design and Communications—offers a rewarding, relevant way for you to develop the research, reading, and writing skills you need to succeed in your program and your chosen profession.

See sample Course Outline here.

Please note that this course is not open for credit to students who are registered in or have credit for any of the following: ENGR 111, ENGR 112, ELEC 199, ENGL 135, or ATWP 135