Programme in Writing & Reasoning
Last updated on 22 Jun 2018 .
Last updated on 22 Jun 2018 .
The Programme in Writing and Reasoning (PWR) equips students with key communication strategies to write cogently in academic, business and professional settings. In working with authentic communication problems, students clarify communication purpose and context while they specify relevant audiences and suitable genre for their communication. Students will read critically on a range of secondary sources, formulate a position convincingly using appropriate evidence, and convey ideas persuasively. In short, learning to write clearly, coherently, and concisely is the goal of PWR.
Yes, it counts towards your GPA. PWR carries one course unit (CU).
No, you will be automatically exempted or pre-assigned to take WRIT001 in Academic Year (AY) 2018-19.
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 2018-19.
Please visit this link for the exemption criteria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only the score that is used at the point of admission to SMU will be considered.
No, the combined scores from different sittings of the SAT will not be considered.
No, the grades for ‘A’ level humanities subjects will not be considered for exemption from WRIT001 Programme in Writing & Reasoning.
The procedure for exemption is as follows:
1. You should email email@example.com. 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.