Academic Writing 1


Course Description

This course is a study of theory and practice of academic writing. Writing skills emphasized in this course include note-taking/note-making, paraphrasing, summarizing and reporting. Students are exposed to different strategies of note-taking/note-making skills and practice developing their notes into a coherent text. Students are also introduced to different techniques of paraphrasing, summarizing and reporting, and are given ample opportunities to practice these writing skills through the exposure to a variety of texts.  As part of academic writing skills, students are also expected to be familiar with the APA referencing system. Learning activities in this course involve in-class lecturing, classroom discussion as well as an online forum, individual consultation, peer correction, and abundant writing tasks. Students’ learning outcomes will primarily be based on their portfolios, progress tests, participation, and general attitudes throughout the semester.


At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • improve their note-taking skills
  • paraphrase and summarize appropriately
  • improve language structures/grammar
  • be familiar with different writing styles in different academic contexts
  • develop notes into a coherent text
  • write a report based on observation
  • be familiar with the course, class requirements and learning expectations
  • be responsible for all the written works they submit
  • acknowledge cited materials properly
  • produce a portfolio

Course Outline

  • Introduction and syllabus overview
  • Notetaking
  • Notemaking
  • Annotating
  • Paraphrasing
  • Summarizing
  • Reporting
  • APA Referencing