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Bachelor 2019/2020

Academic English Writing

Area of studies: Business Informatics
When: 2 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: Full time
Language: English
ECTS credits: 2

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course is designed to introduce students to academic writing, its genres, features and conventions. Starting from general culture specific and stylistic features of academic writing in English, students will work their way through the writing process towards larger academic projects. The course will introduce the students to strategies of dealing with timed written exams as well as writing literature reviews for research projects, upgrade academic vocabulary and grammar skills and develop elements of academic style in their writings. Moreover, the students will be familiarized with the logic of structuring academic texts and develop basic research skills. The course will utilize authentic, culturally enhancing and thought-provoking materials related to Digital Innovation. The course will emphasize interactive teaching and learning practices that facilitate the development of both: overall communicative competence, critical thinking skills and specific skills for successful academic writing.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The learning objectives of the course are to: 1. enhance the knowledge about academic conventions of the London University relative to students’ writing 2. advance language skills for academic writing (vocabulary and grammar) 3. improve the writing style (conciseness, clearness, cohesion and coherence, etc.) 4. develop academic writing skills: summarizing, paraphrasing, emphasizing, arguing, exemplifying, classifying, etc. 5. write in various academic genres (answering questions, literature reviews, annotated bibliography, elements of a research project, academic presentation slides) 6. instruct in the use of information tools (dictionaries, thesauruses, British Academic Written Corpus, online writing assistants, etc.)
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To know: the different uses of language in speaking and writing (the method of delivery and level of formality), the key characteristics of academic writing, the basic academic genres To be able to: transform spoken into written texts focusing on key characteristics of academic writing, substitute informal or general use words with formal academic words, use formal grammar structures in writing
  • To know: the basics of academic ethics, strategies of paraphrasing, common reference systems, specific referencing conventions for quotations, paraphrases and summaries, hedging strategies To be able to: use hedging strategies in writing, paraphrase and summarize texts, use the Harvard Referencing Style for in-text citations and making references, work with online reference services (www.citeulike.com)
  • To know: key principles of organization in English, the structure of a paragraph, linking devices To be able to: to write clear and meaningful paragraphs using linking devices
  • To know: the procedures of written examinations, how written answers and texts are assessed To be able to: analyse the rubric to enhance task achievement; use academic skills (defining, categorizing, comparing/contrasting, cause and effect identifying) for written exams; use English-English dictionaries, thesauruses, BAWC, online writing assistant (Grammarly.com) for writing academic texts
  • To know: the structure of a research project, how to write an introduction, how to formulate research questions and a research design, how to choose the conceptual framework, how to collect data, how to conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis, how to write a conclusion To be able to: plan and organize a research project, use English-English dictionaries, thesauruses, BAWC, online writing assistant (Grammarly.com) for writing academic texts
  • To know: the two aims of writing a literature review, how to search the literature, types of the literature, organization of a literature review, how literature review is assessed, how not to plagiarise To be able to: to search a database (or library) and find relevant literature, recognize legitimate academic sources, avoid unintended plagiarism
  • To know: the key characteristics of a typical academic presentation, how to format and structure the presentation, the university’s brand book To be able to: use a template for making an academic presentation
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Structure of an academic text
    Coherence and cohesion, writing a paragraph, linking devices
  • Academic genres (1): written exams
    Written exams: policies and procedures, how to read a rubric, criteria of assessment, key academic writing skills
  • Academic genres (2): Research Project
    Research Project: types, structure, assessment
  • Academic genres (3): Literature Review
    Literature Review: aims, content, organization; key academic writing skills
  • Academic presentation: making slides
    Difference between Academic and Business presentations, Academic Presentation: format, style, University’s brand book
  • Academic discourse: features, genres
    Difference between: Academic and General English, academic written and spoken discourse Features of academic written discourse Types of academic texts
  • Academic conventions and culture
    Academic ethics, plagiarism, types of borrowing ideas and texts of other others, Harvard Referencing Style
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Home assignment 1
  • non-blocking Home assignment 2
  • non-blocking Vocabulary and Grammar Test
  • non-blocking Annotated bibliography
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    Home Assignment 1 (20 points) + Home Assignment 2 (20 points) + Vocabulary and Grammar Test (30 points) + Annotated bibliography (30 points) = 100 points
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Contemporary academic writing. A comprehensive course for students in higher education : Course book, Sowton, C., 2016

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Academic writing : a handbook for international students, Bailey S., 2008