Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Oliver J. Fraser
ENGL 199
Seattle Campus

Interdisciplinary Writing/Natural Science

Expository writing based on material presented in a specific natural science lecture course. Assignments include drafts of papers to be submitted in the specified course, and other pieces of analytical prose. Concurrent registration in the specified course required.

Class description

Welcome to English 199 - Interdisciplinary Writing/Natural Sciences, a 5-credit hour writing course that is linked with your astronomy course. The two classes are designed to complement each other, and the assignments, discussions, and exercises we do in this class will center on topics you will learn about in the other course. However, please bear in mind that each class is designed and graded independently of the other, and the real link between your astronomy course and this English class will be you. Here in English 199 we will focus on your writing and your ability to create and express an argument through writing on astronomical topics.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

One-on-one conferences are a key feature of our program, during which we will discuss the effectiveness of your writing (how well it answers the assignment's prompt) and devise a plan for revision.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The class is centered around three papers: two short essays (3-4 pages), and one long research paper (6-8 pages). For each paper that you write you should expect to submit multiple drafts for review, and you will be required to revise your work multiple times before submitting a last revision. The final version of your Research Paper serves as the final exam for this class.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Oliver J. Fraser
Date: 03/17/2014