- Student Records
Programme & Unit Catalogues

EL10692: Academic writing for postgraduate research

Click here for further information Academic Year: 2011/2
Click here for further informationOwning Department/School: English Language Centre
Click here for further information Credits: 3
Click here for further information Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
The aim of this course is to improve students' academic writing skills to enable them to write theses and other extended research papers.

Learning Outcomes:
Having completed this unit students will be better able to:
* Plan and write an outline paper for a thesis
* Understand how to structure a doctoral thesis
* Identify and apply the discourse features of the different sections within a thesis
* Take notes from and summarise texts
* Critically evaluate texts
* Incorporate ideas from source material, including direct quotations, without plagiarising
* Adopt a position in relation to others' research and opinions
* Refer to sources appropriately within the text and in the references section of a paper
* Link ideas within and between paragraphs
* Write objectively in an academic style appropriate to their level and discipline
* Identify and correct errors in grammar, punctuation and style.

Having completed this unit students will be better able to:
* Analyse the requirements of a task
* Plan a task
* Think critically about the research or opinions of others
* Communicate ideas through writing.

* Planning and writing a research proposal
* Incorporating reading material and avoiding plagiarism
* Referring to sources
* Structure of a thesis
* Addressing other tasks required by doctoral students, such as abstracts, literature reviews, transfer papers
* Paragraph structure
* Cohesion within and between paragraphs
* Academic style - showing and avoiding personal commitment
* Grammatical accuracy and punctuation
* Proofreading and editing
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be updated when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2011

EL10692 is a Generally Available Unit which is available to all students of the University (subject to the usual constraints) to take as an 'extra' unit which does not count towards a final award.

  • UXXX-AFN96 : Catalogue of English Language Centre Units - No specified year
  • UXXX-AFN99 : Generally available catalogue - No specified year

* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.