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Магистерская программа «Прикладная и междисциплинарная история»

Academic English Writing

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс адаптационный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1 модуль

Преподаватель

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is aimed at building academic writing skills necessary for a successful completion of a master’s program, including writing course papers and preparing a master’s thesis. The course consists of lectures and tutorials. The lectures provide students with general information about academic writing and focus on important concepts related to developing academic manuscripts. The tutorials involve peer-review sessions and feedback on student’ written work, practice activities and exercises aimed at developing strong academic writing skills.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To develop knowledge of essential academic writing rules
  • To develop an ability to plan and write an successful academic paper
  • To develop an ability to paraphrase and summarize academic texts and synthesize information
  • To develop an ability to format academic manuscripts using a chosen publication style
  • To develop an ability to incorporate evidence into academic work properly and to avoid plagiarism
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to plan and write an successful academic paper
  • Ability to paraphrase and summarize academic texts and synthesize information
  • Ability to incorporate evidence into academic work properly and to avoid plagiarism
  • Knowledge of essential academic writing rules
  • Ability to format academic manuscripts using a chosen publication style
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to the course. Writing a project proposal.
    Stages of the writing process. Scheduling your project work. English academic writing: academic vocabulary, grammar, punctuation.
  • Literature search for academic projects
    Searching for academic literature sources. Reading academic journals and book chapters. Reviewing effective reading strategies (reading abstracts, understanding the text structure, scanning, skimming, facts vs. opinions, taking notes). Keeping records of academic sources: bibliographic software (e.g., Endnote). Selecting your topic and working title.
  • Referencing literature. Writing an annotated bibliography.
    Supporting your arguments. Referencing. Publication Styles. Plagiarism and how to avoid it. Paraphrasing. Presenting data and statistics. Formatting (title page, table of contents, headings, references). Writing an annotated bibliography.
  • The structure of a research paper (article). Writing paragraphs. Introduction and Conclusion.
    Planning your research paper. Structure of a research paper. Writing paragraphs (thesis, unity, focus, cohesion and coherence); Writing introductions and conclusions.
  • Building critical writing skills. Writing a literature review and a reflective essay-proposal.
    Arguments; summarizing, synthesizing, evaluation; writing a literature review. How to make your writing more academic? Focus on style. Grammar and punctuation (continued). Building vocabulary range. Writing and editing the essay draft.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Final Exam
  • non-blocking Project: Analysis of a Masters Thesis in History
  • non-blocking An annotated bibliography
  • non-blocking Home Tasks
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.1 * An annotated bibliography + 0.4 * Final Exam + 0.4 * Home Tasks + 0.1 * Project: Analysis of a Masters Thesis in History
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 50 steps to improving your academic writing. Study book, Sowton, Ch., 2012

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Commentary for Academic writing for graduate students: essential tasks and skills, Swales, J.M., Feak, Ch.B., 2012