KIEN2024 English: Academic Writing Skills 2 ECTS
Organised by
Centre for Language and Communication St./English
Person in charge
Kelly Raita, Jeremy Palmer

Keywords

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: B2-C1

General description

Academic writing course designed for Masters' level students, which introduces the core elements of academic style and writing conventions. Students will be divided depending on their field of study, to provide targeted support for scientific or non-scientific writing practices and genres. During the course, students will practice writing academic texts in English, working towards a final assignment related to their studies.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should:
- be able to critically assess themselves as writers
- be able to recognise and replicate an appropriate academic style
- understand the difference between formal and informal language in an academic context
- be aware of how academic and other text styles differ
- have an understanding of the conventions; language and features of academic writing in their field - understand how to use paragraph and sentence structure to achieve good flow in their writing
- be aware of several devices used to ensure their text is cohesive
- know how to paraphrase and reference according to the requirements of their discipline
- be able to effectively summarise an academic text
- be accurately using punctuation, and academic grammar

Contents

Topics covered on the course are:
- Academic Style and Genre
- Summarizing Academic Sources
- Paragraphs and Sentences: Using 'metatext' to create flow
- Paragraphs and Sentences: Unity, Coherence and Accuracy
- Tools for Academic Writing: Collocations and Corpus Searching
- Effective Paraphrasing and Working with Sources
- Punctuation
- Academic Grammar: Articles, Sentence Variety, Active and Passive Structures Targeted Support
- Peer and Teacher Feedback

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

This course is only for the students in the following Master's Programmes:
- Baltic Sea Region Studies
- Bioinformatics
- Biomedical Imaging
- Digital Health and Life Sciences
- European Heritage and Information Society
- East Asian Studies
- Gender Studies
- Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems
- Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics
- Molecular Systems Biology
- Popular Culture Studies
- Social sciences students who are writing their thesis in English

Students from the following Master's Programmes may also be admitted if there are places in the groups:
- Embedded Computing
- Food Development
- Information Security and Cryptography

Teaching methods

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

Students from Biomedical Imaging and Baltic Sea Region Studies are required to complete a 3 credit version of this course. To receive an extra credit, they will be complete a longer assignment of 10 - 12 pages on a topic directly related to their discipline OR complete a package of self-study materials.

Teaching language

English

Modes of study

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

For credit, students must attend a minimum of 80% of the contact lessons and lectures; complete a final course assignment, participate actively and complete course tasks.
Students from Biomedical Imaging and Baltic Sea Region Studies are required to complete a 3 credit version of this course.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Pass/fail.
Information about evaluation criteria will be available in Moodle.

Study materials

Found on-line or provided by the teacher.

Further information

Contact Kelly Raita: kelly.raita[at]utu.fi, and Jeremy Palmer: jerpal[at]utu.fi

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Humanities
Academic and Professional Skills (MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies)
Department of Future Technologies
Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.
MODULE 7: Language Studies (MDP in Asian Studies)
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
Language and Communication Studies (Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences)
Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Department of Biochemistry
Department of Biochemistry
Department of Biochemistry
Institute of Biomedicine
Mandatory Language Studies (Biomedical Imaging)
Faculty of Social Sciences
Language and Communication Studies (Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences)
Faculty of Social Sciences
Language and Communication Studies (Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences)
Faculty of Social Sciences
Language and Communication Studies (Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences)
Faculty of Social Sciences
Language and Communication Studies (Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences)
Department of Biochemistry
Institute of Biomedicine
Mandatory Language Studies (Biomedical Imaging)
School of History, Cultural Research and Art Studies
GENERAL STUDIES (MDP in Gender Studies)
2016–2017
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