Course outline_16ENG503_Academic writing

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

Title:                    Academic writing         

Course code:       16ENG503

No. of credits:      3 credits

 

1. COURSE OVERVIEW

This course enables graduate students to develop the skills they need to become successful writers in their academic and post-academic careers. Course topics include writing a summary, critique, literature review, and research paper. Also discussed is plagiarism and citation of sources. Strategies for organizing and developing thoughts, writing concisely in an academic style, and proofreading are also covered, as is following a citation style. The course also covers graphical representation and commentaries of popular types of data in TESOL. Whenever possible, students work on assignments they have for discipline-related courses, and individualized attention is given.

2. COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Learners will be able to use a writing method and style which is appropriate for post graduate scientific texts.
  • Learners will be able to account for how a text is structured with respect to academic language use, style, and argumentation.
  • Learners will be able to use their skills in text structuring, critiques, data presentation and commentary, proofreading and editing.

 

3. TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS

  • Review of paragraph, essay
  • Paraphrasing and Quoting
  • Proofreading
  • Academic Language:
  • Flow & Linking
  • Peer Review: Critique Draft 1
  • Peer Review: Critique Draft 2
  • APA and exercises on APA
  • Reviewing the Literature & Developing Research Questions
  • Peer Review: Literature Review
  • Constructing a research paper
  • Data commentary

4. MATERIALS

4.1. Required textbooks

  • Swales, J.M. & Feak, C.B. (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills (3rd ed.). Michigan: University of Michigan Press.
  • American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: APA

4.2. Reference materials

  • Bailey, S. (2006). Academic writing: A handbook for international students (2nd ed). London: Routledge.
  • Websites/Softwares:

 

5. ASSESSMENT

5.1     Midterm (40%)

  • Assignment on writing summaries (10%)
  • Assignment on writing critiques (10%)
  • Test on paraphrasing, summarising, styles, data commentary, developing arguments (20%)

5.2     Final (60%)

  • Writing a Research proposal (focusing on writing literature review)

6. STUDENT WORKLOAD

  • Directed study:               45 periods
  • Independent Study:        135 periods

 
 
 
 
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