8.1 Writing at UTSC
Effective writing is foundational to the academic experience. Good thinking demands good writing; good writing reflects both sound learning and insightful teaching. Good writing is not only an index to intellectual clarity, but the basis of meaningful communication.
UTSC aims to assist its students to achieve proficiency in writing, irrespective of their program. Students will be expected to learn how to frame an argument and support it, to research, critique and integrate materials from a variety of sources, and to present written work that is both cogent and precise. Individual disciplines may encourage their students to hone skills that are particular to their specific areas of study, but all are expected to help their students generate ideas, analyse their sources, and synthesize and interpret information in coherent forms of written expression. Some disciplines have identified writing-intensive courses that aim expressly at enhancing a student's writing ability. Others have adopted their own innovative ways of assisting students to develop and improve their writing skills. The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers courses in academic writing for English Language Learners.
In addition to courses, UTSC offers extensive support for student writers. The UTSC Writing Centre offers individual feedback on writing in progress, as well as opportunities for students to discuss their work with peers in small and large groups. The English Language Development Centre offers specialized programs to non-native speakers of English, allowing them to assess their competence level and supporting them in building both oral and written communication skills. TA and Graduate Support offers group and individual support for UTSC graduate students.
These and other resources are in place to help ensure that all students, regardless of the point from which they begin, achieve a standard of written expression that is consistent with the rigour of their programs of study.
8.2 Academic Resources and Student Support Services
Students at the University of Toronto Scarborough have access to a large number of excellent academic resources and support services. For more information, including services offered, operating hours, and contact information please visit the websites listed below:
Academic Advising & Career Centre
The Academic Advising & Career Centre (AA&CC) integrates developmental advising, learning skills, career counseling and employment coaching through individual appointments, workshops, experimental programming, events and a range of online resources.
AccessAbility Services provides services and academic accommodations to students who have a documented learning, physical, sensory, mental health disability or medical condition. Services cater to the individual.
The UTSC Library is part of vast resource of scholarly materials including print volumes, print journal subscriptions, sound collections, videos and films, serial collections, electronic journals, and electronic books. It also offers access to over 200 networked computer stations, individual and group study space, and extensive reference and research support. Students can receive research assistance in person, by telephone, through email and through the online Ask a Librarian chat service.
Centre for Teaching and Learning
The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers an extensive range of programming, in support of student learning, including the English Language Development Centre, Math and Stats Learning Centre, Presentation Skills support, and TA support.
Other Student Services:
Athletics and Recreation
Equity and Diversity Office
Health & Wellness Centre
Information and Instructional Technology Services
International Student Centre
N'sheemaehn Child Care Centre
Scarborough Campus Students' Union (SCSU)
Sexual Violence Prevention and Support (University of Toronto)
Student Housing and Residence Life