WS102 Course Syllabus updated 28.08.2018

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UNIVERSITY OF PHNOM PENH
FACULTY OF …………………
DEPARTMENT OF …………………
Bachelor of Arts in …………………
Academic Year
COURSE SYLLABUS
Course Title
Course Code
WS102
No. of Credits
Pre-requisites
WS101
(Code)
Course Coordinator(s)
Common Course
(Code)
Email
Other Course
Teacher(s)/Lecturer(s)
Telephone No.
Qualification
Course Type
Core Course 
Offer in Academic
Year
1st Semester 
Compulsory 
Elective 
2nd Semester 
1. COURSE DESCRIPTION
Writing Skills 102 (WS102) course is designed for intermediate level students to enhance
paragraph skills for academic writing and written communication in English. Students will learn
to write topic, supporting, and concluding sentences. Furthermore, students will be able to write
different types of paragraphs such as definition, process analysis, descriptive, opinion, and
narrative paragraphs and compile a portfolio documenting processes and procedures they
follow in writing those paragraphs. WS102 continues from WS101 to prepare students for
WS201 and WS202.
2. COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course, learners should gain the following knowledge: (3-4 LOs)
 Label core components of paragraphs (PLO1 & PLO7)
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Differentiate types of paragraphs (PLO1 & PLO7)
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Identify mechanics and language expressions to achieve cohesion and coherence in
paragraph writing (PLO1 & PLO7)
By the end of the course, learners should be able to use the following skills: (3-4 LOs)
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Explain functions of different components of a paragraph (PLO1 & PLO7)
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Write effective topic, supporting, and concluding sentences (PLO1 & PLO7)
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Produce different types of paragraphs appropriately (PLO1 & PLO7)
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Compile a portfolio showcasing multiple drafts of paragraphs and processes taken to
produce effective paragraphs (PLO9, PLO11 & PLO12)
By the end of the course, learners should develop the following attitudes: (2 LOs)
 Develop positive attitudes to and habits of reading and independent learning, free
writing, and peer-editing (PLO7)
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Demonstrate responsibility for group work and collaboration (PLO8 & PLO9)
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Appreciate good qualities of extended academic writing (PLO1 & PLO7)
3. Course Outline
Course Outline
Week
TOPIC/ACTIVITY
1
- Introduction
- Unit 1: WHAT IS A PARAGRAPH?
2
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Unit 2: DEVELOPING IDEAS FOR
WRITING A PARAGRAPH
3
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Unit 3: THE TOPIC SENTENCE
4
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Unit 4: SUPPORTING AND
CONCLUDING SENTENCES
5
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Unit 5: PARAGRAPH REVIEW
6
-
Unit 6: DEFINITION
PARAGRAPGHS
7
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Unit 6: DEFINITION
PARAGRAPGHS (cont.)
8
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Unit 7: PROCESS ANALYSIS
PARAGRAPHS
9
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Unit 7: PROCESS ANALYSIS
PARAGRAPHS (cont.)
10
-
Unit 8: DESCRIPTIVE
PARAGRAPHS
Contact
Hours
Required
Readings
11
- Unit 8: DESCRIPTIVE
PARAGRAPHS (cont.)
12
- Unit 9: OPINION PARAGRAPHS
13
- Unit 9: OPINION PARAGRAPHS
(cont.)
14
- Unit 10: NARRATIVE
PARAGRAPHS
15
- Unit 10: NARRATIVE
PARAGRAPHS (cont.)
4. Essential Documents:
 Core Textbook

Additional Reading materials
5. Teaching and Learning Activities
6. Student Responsibilities
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Students are expected to complete all the tasks assigned by their course instructor. Students
are also expected to complete all these tasks on time. Any late submission will result in
mark deduction.
Students are also expected to write journals after each lesson as assigned by their
instructor. A journal is a piece of writing about a topic. In other words, it is a paragraph
written by students as a practice for what they have learned in class. The journal should
be type-written or hand-written (depending on your instructor) with double-spacing for
each line. In the case of type-written, use either Book Antiqua or Times New Roman fonts,
size 12pt, with a 1 inch margin on each side.
Students are also expected to complete all their individual work by themselves. Any act of
plagiarism (copying other people’s work without properly acknowledging it), in parts or
whole, will result in mark deduction or invalidation of the work. Similarly, students are to
avoid any act of cheating during the quizzes, progress tests, or examinations.
Finally, students are expected to actively participate in all the class work of this course. In
certain occasion, students will be asked to work individually. Yet, at other times, students
will be asked to work in pair or group.
7. Course Policy: (Plagiarism and Cheating Policy)
8. Assessment Methods
Assessment Task
Progress Test 1
Score (%)
10
Progress Test 2
10
Assignment
10
Journal Writing
7.5
Portfolio
7.5
Quizzes
5
Homework
5
Class participation/In-class writing
5
Semester Exam
40
Related to ELOs
Note: Studies Office requires 40% Formative and 60% Summative Assessments
9. Description of Assessment Tasks
10. Rating Scale
Letter Grade
Grade Point
Score
Explanation
A
4.00
85-100
Excellent
B+
3.50
80-84
Very Good
B
3.00
75-79
Good
C+
2.50
70-74
Fairly Good
C
2.00
65-69
Fair
D+
1.50
60-64
Poor
D
1.00
50-59
Very Poor
F
0.00
<50
Fail
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