Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry

This course introduces students to cultures of writing and inquiry in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is designed to help students write effectively at undergraduate level by practising a variety of writing tasks, including analytical, persuasive, and research-based writing and argumentation. Students will learn practices of writing, research, peer-review and revision that have application in the university and broader contexts.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.



Humanities Social Sciences

Course planning information

Course notes

International students who are speakers of other languages and who qualify with the minimum IELTS requirement of 6.0 (or equivalent) will be required to successfully complete 192.102 Academic Writing in English for Speakers of Other Languages prior to enrolment in 230.111. Students who enter with a higher band or second language students whose enrolment has not depended on meeting an English language benchmark (e.g. permanent residents) may find it advantageous to complete 192.102 prior to enrolment in 230.111. Please note that course 230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing & Inquiry closes for enrolment ten days prior to the beginning of semester. If you want to enrol in 230.111 and you apply fewer than ten days before the start of semester you must go into your Portal and apply via Special Permission and provide a reason.

Students must complete Assignment 2 (A2) successfully (C- or better) to pass the course. On-campus (internal) students must attend all weekly workshops; absence from more than four workshops can result in the awarding of a DC grade (extenuating circumstances will be considered by the course coordinator). All students are required to engage regularly with course materials through ongoing tasks and to contribute to an active tutorial group space, whether in internal workshops or on Stream.


Similar content
230100, 119155, 119177, 237130, 247155, 250100, 247177

You cannot enrol in this course if you have passed (or are enrolled in) any of the course(s) above as these courses have similar content or content at a higher level.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Demonstrate competence and confidence to undertake writing tasks required at university and beyond.
  • 2 Use writing and inquiry with academic sources to explore problems and questions important to academic disciplines.
  • 3 Demonstrate an understanding of how writing strategies vary in different contexts and develop reasoned and evidence-based positions in a range of genres and modes.
  • 4 Use effective strategies for generating ideas and for drafting, revising, and organising text.
  • 5 Demonstrate grammatical competence and stylistic awareness, and employ conventions of academic writing and citation appropriate to the university.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 3 4 5 25%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 55%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 20%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.