Academic Writing: Neurosciences


Course Objective

On successful completion of this course you will be a confident writer
of an academic text in English which is
• coherent
• convincing
• compact
• linguistically correct

Course Content

After an initial introductory session in which we agree a fine-tuned
version of the schedule, the course will essentially concentrate on
aspects of coherent and compact text, introducing basic principles and
giving you the opportunity to analyse and reformulate defective text
segments. These aspects will play a central role in weeks 2, 3, 4 and 5.
The need for convincing text, in which the relevance of the research
comes strongly to the fore, will be addressed at various points as well,
and at least in week 5, where you will give peer review of each other’s
draft introductions. The treatment of linguistic accuracy
[lexical, grammatical and punctuational features] in week 6 will be in
the main determined by your own perceived needs and by the feedback
given on individual draft texts.

Teaching Methods

standard classes, two hours per week, max. 25 per group

Method of Assessment

The final product is the introduction to your internship report, approx.
1000 words in length and composed following agreed structural
requirements. At the end of the course you
will have some time to complete the final version of your research
proposal. We will arrange the precise date together. Your text will
receive a pass/fail assessment. If you fail, you will be given feedback
to help you prepare a reworked version.


There is no obligatory reading for this course, but for language support
you can study the feedback categories in ELS-Online.

Additional Information

The materials for this course will be made available on the course’s
Canvas site. You will also be asked to submit any mid-course assignments
plus your final assignment via Canvas. Please organize your Canvas
account so
that you receive course announcements additionally via your e-mail [see
under notifications].

General Information

Course Code AM_1123
Credits 3 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. G.A. Dreschler
Examiner dr. G.A. Dreschler
Teaching Staff dr. R. Straaijer MA MSc.

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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