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Programme in Writing & Reasoning (PWR)

Programme in Writing & Reasoning

 

Last updated on 25 May 2017 .

1. What is WRIT001 Programme in Writing & Reasoning?

Programme in Writing & Reasoning introduces students to the thinking and writing needed to produce good term papers and reports. In this course, students are equipped with the skills to write cogently in academic, business and professional settings. Students will analyze topics from a business perspective and articulate their ideas persuasively in a clear, concise and coherent report. For more information, please click here

2. Does WRIT001 Programme in Writing & Reasoning count towards the Grade Point Average (GPA)?

Yes, it counts towards your GPA. PWR carries one course unit (CU).

3. Do I need to bid for WRIT001 Programme in Writing & Reasoning?

No, you will be automatically exempted or pre-assigned to take WRIT001 in Academic Year (AY) 2017-18.

4. If I am assigned to take PWR, can I sit for an exemption test?

There is no exemption test. If you do not meet the university’s criteria for exemption, you will be automatically pre-assigned to take WRIT001 in AY 2017-18

 

Please visit this link for the exemption criteria.

5. Can I drop WRIT001 Programme in Writing & Reasoning if I am assigned to take it in AY 2017-18?

You are advised not to drop WRIT001 as it is a foundation course. Students are required to complete all foundation courses before graduation. Furthermore, it is a pre-requisite to COMM101: Management Communication.

6. I am automatically exempted from WRIT001 Programme in Writing & Reasoning. However, I would like to withdraw my exemption. Is this possible?

You should submit your request in writing to your School Manager. Upon approval, the school will remove the exemption and inform Office of Registrar (RO). RO will then pre-assign you to take WRIT001.

7. I am automatically exempted from WRIT001 Programme in Writing & Reasoning. However, I would like to audit the module. Is this possible?

A student who wishes to attend WRIT001 but not take it for credit may do so only with the permission of the CEC Director. When a student audits the course, no formal record of the course will appear in the transcript.

8.I am an ‘A’ level/ Polytechnic/International Baccalaureate/NUS High School student. Can I use my SAT/ IELTS/TOEFL/ACT scores for WRIT001 Programme in Writing & Reasoning exemption?

No, as exemption is based on your entry category. Only students admitted under the International student category are allowed to use SAT/IELTS/TOEFL/ACT scores for exemption.

9.I am an International student with improved SAT scores and who is only taking WRIT001 Programme in Writing & Reasoning in AY 2017-18 Term 2. Can I use this score for exemption in Term 2?

Only the score that is used at the point of admission to SMU will be considered. 

10. Can I combine the Reading and Writing scores from various SAT sittings?

No, the combined scores from different sittings of the SAT will not be considered.

11. I received a grade A for my humanities subject (e.g. Literature) at ‘A’ levels. This subject requires a high standard of critical thinking and writing. Can I use these grades for exemption from WRIT001 Programme in Writing & Reasoning?

No, the grades for ‘A’ level humanities subjects will not be considered for exemption from WRIT001 Programme in Writing & Reasoning.

12.I do not meet your exemption criteria. However, I have an English language/writing qualification that is not listed in your exemption criteria. I would like to apply for exemption using this grade.

The procedure for exemption is as follows:

1. You should email cec@smu.edu.sg. Please state your full name, IC/Passport number, school (e.g. SIS, SOA), title of the English language/ writing qualification, course outline, university/institution in which the module was completed and the final grade for the module.

2. You should submit two to three samples of your writing in this module for review by CEC Director. These samples should be academic essays of an argumentative nature.

3. You should also submit a scanned copy of your transcript and/or English language/ writing qualification.

CEC’s exemption decision is final. CEC is not obliged to provide detailed feedback on your writing samples. Please also note that the writing modules offered at various universities or institutions may not be comparable in terms of emphasis and standards. A high grade attained for the writing module done at another university or institution does not automatically exempt a student from WRIT001 Programme in Writing & Reasoning.