Scientific Writing in English


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

The course will give centre stage to aspects of coherent and compact
text, introducing basic principles and giving you the opportunity to
analyse and reformulate defective text segments. The idea underlying
this approach is that writing essentially involves rewriting and
rewriting. The more you refine your writing skills, the more you will
feel the proud owner of the texts you produce.

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,
in particular via peer review and via the individual tutorial sessions
organized in January following the feedback given to your first

The treatment of linguistic accuracy [lexical, grammatical and
punctuational features] takes a less central place in the group sessions
of the course, but the feedback given on your texts allows you to work
on any individual problems you may have using the ELS-Online feedback

The course is split into two parts. First there are four input sessions
in November/December. Then in the second half of January there is a
general feedback session plus an optional individual tutorial for each
student following on from the feedback given on the first version of the

Method of Assessment

The final product comprises the introduction and methods sections of the
literature review which you produce as your final dissertation.
Assessment focuses on the quality of these two sections as specific
units of text, as well as on the general quality of your writing {seen
in terms of the four features mentioned under course aims].

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 the first and final
versions of 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_1158
Credits 3 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. M. Hannay
Examiner prof. dr. M. Hannay
Teaching Staff dr. M.C. Sherwood-Smith

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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