HENB10514U Academic Writing for Undergraduate Students (CIP)
Good academic writing is creative, informative and persuasive. It helps us to think through our research and communicate our thoughts effectively. Our texts encourage conversations with peers not only in our field of study, but also in related disciplines.
This course, designed as a series of interactive workshops, offers you an opportunity to write in English within your own discipline and to discuss your writing with international peers. It also invites you to reflect on your writing habits and writer identity.
- Choose a research problem to investigate (for
example, a subject in your major courses). As the semester unfolds,
follow the stages of researching and writing as two interlinked
- focus your research question,
- conduct the literature review,
- collect the best evidence to argue for the importance of your research project.
- Read like a writer. Analyze model texts and
sample texts written by your peers to better understand rhetorical
strategies and stylistic conventions of selected academic text
- Practise writing and giving feedback. Draft three sections of your research paper: an extended definition of a key concept, literature review, introduction or discussion/conclusion. You will discuss these drafts with your peers and receive comments from your tutor.
The semester of reading, writing and exchanging ideas with international peers from various disciplines will help you to become a better academic communicator. This course will assist you in your future writing, not only in English, but also in your other languages.
The hypothetical research paper we have been assigned to write has been an extremely useful practice; the importance of finding a ‘niche,’ when writing an introduction, has been a great eye-opener for me. I now find that the research topic I have settled on is incredibly interesting, so much so that I am considering using it for my bachelor project next semester.
Martin (BA, Denmark)
Since I had never experienced academic writing before, neither in French nor in English, this course helped me a lot. And I think that the methodology used in French academic writing is probably similar, so this course might also help me in my studies back in France.
Barthelemy (BA, France)
This course is really good for people who would like to improve their writing, not only academically, but also in general, to understand how efficient and communicative writing works! It gave me a clear idea how different sections in a research paper are written and organized, so that ideas are in place and easy for readers to understand. It helped a lot!
Fok Wai Ting (BA, China)
MA students are not eligible for this course; instead, they should choose ‘Academic Writing for Graduate Students’ and/or ‘Presentation Techniques for Graduate Students.’
International BA students register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your student ID number and the full name of the course.
Please note that your registration is binding.
Questions about registration and the course can be emailed to: email@example.com.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentAttendance (75%); independent study (assigned readings, analysis of model texts, reflective journal, drafting); active participation (peer reviews); timely electronic submissions of early and revised drafts as well as journal entries; exam document with the final drafts of the following three texts: extended definition of a key concept, section of a literature review, introduction or discussion/conclusion.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
Criteria for exam assesment