Academic Writing (BETA)


Course Objective

The aims of this course are to introduce students to the basic
requirements of formal writing in English; to develop their academic
skills with regard to text structure, linguistic accuracy, and clarity
of expression; and to introduce them to the basic conventions of using
sources through quoting, referring and paraphrasing.

After following the course, you will be able to write an essay of 1000
words about an academic topic which uses academic sources appropriately,
which has no
major grammatical errors, and which uses a clear structure and a
suitable style for academic texts.

Course Content

The subjects covered are the following:

- Academic style: formality, use of academic phrases
- Quoting, referring and avoiding plagiarism
- Structure: introduction, thesis statement, paragraph structure,
- Linguistic accuracy: grammar, vocabulary and punctuation
- Clarity of formulation: linking language, clause combining

Teaching Methods

Lectures (1 hour a week) and seminars (2 hours a week).

Method of Assessment

1. a written assignment at the end of week 3, constituting 20% of the
final mark
2. a written assignment at the end of week 6, pass/fail, required
3. a written assignment due at the end of week 9, constituting 80% of
the final mark


Reading materials will be made available via Canvas.

Target Audience

XB_CS 1, XB_LI 1, XB_IMM 1

Additional Information

This course has obligatory attendance.

General Information

Course Code L_ETBAALG006
Credits 3 EC
Period P5
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. G.A. Dreschler
Examiner dr. G.A. Dreschler
Teaching Staff dr. G.A. Dreschler

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

Target audiences

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