Course Outline for Academic Writing in English for International Postgraduate students in the Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences

Day: Wednesday
Time: 14.00-15.30
Building: Room 3A, Simon Building
Tutor: Maureen Finn

This course is designed to give you practice in writing clear, grammatically accurate and well-organised academic and scientific English. A major focus of the course will be on the language used to express the main communicative functions used at all levels of academic discourse. In addition, some lessons will concentrate on certain obligatory discourse features of the research report. Examples of different types of text and the language used in them will be examined and discussed, and you will have a chance to practise a series of writing tasks, both individually, and co-operatively, in groups.

Semester 1: Wednesday 13 October – Wednesday 13 December, 2010

13 Oct 10

– Introduction to the course
– Identifying language functions in academic text

20 Oct 09

– Academic style

27 Oct 10

– Structuring information

03 Nov 10

– Reporting the literature

10 Nov 10

– Writing introductions and conclusions

17 Nov 10

– Writing definitions and giving examples

24 Nov 10

– Writing definitions and giving examples; writing workshop-

01 Dec 10

– Describing cause and effect

08 Dec 10

– Interpreting and commenting on non-verbal data

15 Dec 10
– Interpreting and commenting on non-verbal data: writing workshop

Semester 2: Wednesday 02 February – Wednesday 06 April, 2010

02 February 11

– Achieving cohesion and using discourse markers

09 Feb 11

– Error correction: writing workshop

16 Feb 11

– Paraphrasing and summarising

23 Feb 11

– Being critical

02 March 11

– Writing a dissertation: aims and objectives

09 March 11

– Writing a dissertation: overview

16 March 11

– Writing a dissertation: reviewing the literature

23 March 11
– Writing a dissertation: reviewing the literature
– Writing workshop

30 March 11
– Writing a dissertation: describing methods and results

06 April 11
– Writing a dissertation: discussions and conclusions

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