Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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KIEN3023 English: Academic Writing for Researchers 2 ECTS
Organised by
Centre for Language and Communication St./English
Person in charge
Kelly Raita, Suzanne Collins


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: B2 - C1

General description

Academic writing course designed for graduate students from all faculties. In this course students practice the skills needed to write academically in English for international journals and at the same time cover aspects of grammar and lexis. Students use their own texts as the basis of analysis and also get a chance to have their own work reviewed and checked. Much of the course is internet-based.

Learning outcomes

After the course the students should
- be aware of the style and approach to writing in their discipline
- have knowledge of how to write academically
- be able to recognize and produce academic text
- be aware of the internal structure of research articles
- have a greater understanding of the mechanics of writing a research paper
- be able to write and punctuate accurately in English
- be able to assess themselves as writers
- be more familiar with Anglo-American academic writing conventions
- be more aware of style and appropriateness in writing
- be able to construct a research paper in English in terms of unity, focus and coherence
- be more certain about use of sentence structure, connectives, punctuation, articles
- be more critical and able to ask questions about academic writing, own writing in particular


- elements of academic writing as a researcher
- discourse approach
- Anglo-American writing conventions
- style and appropriateness
- handling references and avoiding plagiarism
- organising text; constructing a research paper
- coherence and cohesion
- sentence structure
- academic vocabulary
- grammar; use of articles; punctuation
- format and structure of academic articles

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

This course is open to all graduate students through UTUGS/tutkijakoulu.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 10 h 0 h
Tutorials 10 h 0 h
Independent work 33 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

80% attendance and active participation.

Study materials

Provided by teacher and also in Moodle.

Further information

Contact Kelly Raita: kelly.raita[at]utu.fi

Belongs to following study modules

Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Centre for Language and Communication St./English
Centre for Language and Communication St./Spanish
Centre for Language and Communication St./Italian
Centre for Language and Communication St./Japanese
Centre for Language and Communication St./Chinese
Finnish Study Modules
Centre for Language and Comm.Stud./Speech Comm.
Centre for Language and Communication St./French
Centre for Language and Communication St./Swedish
Centre for Language and Communication St./German
Centre for Language and Communication St./Finnish
Centre for Language and Communication St./Russian