Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate courses are listed below with links to their respective descriptions in the eCalendar.

Note: These courses are not open to students who have taken them under former course codes EAPR, ESLN, and EDEC.


CEAP 250 - Research Essay and Rhetoric (3 credits)

Restriction: Open only to students in degree programs – all years and faculties.

Course Description:

The general purpose of this course is to enable students whose first language is English, or who have near to native speaker proficiency, to communicate more clearly, concisely, and coherently in writing in general, but particularly in academic writing.  The course focuses on the development of critical thinking, critical reading, and critical writing skills, identification and use of rhetorical strategies, the stages and component parts of academic research papers, and general self-editing skills.


CCOM 206  Communication in Engineering (3 credits)

Restriction: B.Eng. students who have not taken EDES 201 or EDEC 202.  Open only to students in degree programs.

Course description:

Written and oral communication in Engineering (in English): strategies for generating, developing, organizing, and presenting ideas in a technical setting; problem-solving; communicating to different audiences; editing and revising; and public speaking. Course work based on academic, technical, and professional writing in engineering.


CCOM 300  Writing and Community Action (3 credits)

Restriction: Open only to students in degree programs.

Course description:

Exploration of the relationship between experiential writing and community engagement.  Instruction in and application of principles of writing pedagogy and best practices in community leadership.  On-site facilitation (1.5 hours per week) of small-group writing events at community organizations and associations through placements organized by McGill's Social Equity and Diversity Education office (SEDE).


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CCOM 314 Communicating Science (3 credits)

Restriction: Open only to students in degree programs.

Course description:

Production of written and oral assignments designed to communicate scientific problems and findings to various audiences.  Analysis of the disciplinary conventions of scientific discourse in terms of audience, purpose, organization, and style; comparative rhetorical analysis of academic and popular genres, including abstracts, lab reports, research papers, print and online journalism.


CESL 299 - ESL: Academic English Seminar (3 credits)

Restriction: Open only to students whose first language is not English entering the university (into Year 0 or Year 1).

Course description:

With materials from across the curriculum the course prepares students to meet the expectations of the university classroom: note taking and summary of lectures; paraphrase and summary of written and multimedia materials; oral and seminar presentations. Development of critical thinking, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and strategies.

Class time:

CESL 299 is an intensive course.  Class time is M, T, W, R, and F from 9:35am to 12:25pm.

Admission and registration:

Full-time, non-anglophone students whose secondary education (high school and CEGEP) has been in institutions where the primary language of instruction was not English, or who have attended English language secondary institutions (high school and CEGEP) for four years or less, are eligible to take up to 12 credits in English as a Second Language (CESL).

Tuition subsidy

Students newly admitted (into Year 0 or Year 1) at McGill to a Bachelor program in the following fall will receive a subsidy upon completion of the course (only students who have not previously been enrolled in a Bachelor program at McGill are eligible). Students are expected to pay for the course, and those eligible will automatically receive a credit to their student account in the fall. For more information, read the last paragraph at this web page Scholarships, awards and assistance.


CESL 300 - ESL Academic English 2 (3 credits)

Prerequisite:  CESL 200 or ESLN 200 or ESLN 201 or placement test.

Restriction:  Not open to students who have taken ESLN 300 or ESLN 301.  Open only to students in degree programs.

Course description: 

Open to students who have more than a basic knowledge of English. Focus is on developing writing skills: structuring an academic essay; expressing complex ideas; documenting sources. Independent learning strategies for vocabulary building, grammar, editing techniques, critical thinking and reading skills. Fundamentals of oral presentation, including pronunciation skills.

Admission and registration:

Full-time, non-anglophone students whose secondary education (high school and CEGEP) has been in institutions where the primary language of instruction was not English, or who have attended English language secondary institutions (high school and CEGEP) for four years or less, are eligible to take up to 12 credits in English as a Second Language (CESL).


CESL 400 - ESL: Essay and Critical Thinking (3 credits)

Prerequisite: CESL 300 or ESLN 300 or placement test.

Restriction:  Not open to students who have taken ESLN 400 or ESLN 401.  Open only to students in degree programs.

Course description:

For the student whose English is at an advanced level. Critical thinking and reading applied to the whole writing process. Academic genres: summary, paraphrase, quotation, and critique. Review of writing mechanics. ESL diagnostic for advanced students.

Admission and registration:

Full-time, non-anglophone students whose secondary education (high school and CEGEP) has been in institutions where the primary language of instruction was not English, or who have attended English language secondary institutions (high school and CEGEP) for four years or less, are eligible to take up to 12 credits in English as a Second Language (CESL).


CESL 500 - ESL: Research Essay and Rhetoric (3 credits)

Prerequisite: CESL 400 or ESLN 400 or placement test.

Restriction:  Not open to students who have taken CEAP 250 or EAPR 250 or EFRL 250 or ESLN 500.  Open only to students in degree programs.

Course description:

For the near-native speaker of English. Principles and use of academic research, genres, rhetorical strategies, and editing skills.

Admission and registration:

Full-time, non-anglophone students whose secondary education (high school and CEGEP) has been in institutions where the primary language of instruction was not English, or who have attended English language secondary institutions (high school and CEGEP) for four years or less, are eligible to take up to 12 credits in English as a Second Language (CESL).


 

Notes

  • Courses coded as CEAP (for native speakers of English) and CESL (for non-native speakers of English) may be taken to fulfill language requirements or as electives in some degree programs. In some faculties, you need to obtain approval from your Student Affairs Office as well as from your academic advisor before you take courses outside your faculty, especially if the courses do not form part of your program requirements.
  • Placement tests are required for admission to most CESL undergraduate courses.
  • CCOM 206 is restricted to students pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering degree at McGill.