- The course is designed to assist students in writing their Final Project and preparing them for their project defense. Students will study the conventions of academic writing and submit the final drafts of their research papers by the end of the course.
- The course will also focus on a set of core speaking skills necessary for describing the key aspects of students’ research work in the form of a formal presentation and defending it in front of a panel of experts.
- Identify the main stylistic features pertaining to academic papers
- Structure their Final Projects according to the conventions of the academia
- Use a wide range of academic vocabulary and grammar structures for writing scholarly texts
- Articulate the main aspects of their research in the form of an academic presentation
- Use a set of effective rhetorical strategies for maintaining the audience’s attention and answering questions from the defence panel
- Constructing a Final Project: Project BriefShowing the importance of the problem/project. Providing background information on the problem/project. Clarifying definitions. Giving a brief review of previous studies/projects. Identifying gaps and limitations in previous projects/studies; indicating a problem in the real world; identifying opportunities for implementing the project. Explaining how the project/study will fill a gap, overcome limitations, or solve the problem.
- Constructing a Final Project: Project BriefStating the purposes of the research study and the project. Providing a list of specific research questions or hypotheses. Presenting methodology (research design, parties involved, site description). Stating expected results/project deliverables.
- Constructing a Final Project: IntroductionShowing the importance of the research study. Providing background information on the research study. Clarifying definitions. Reviewing previous research. Indicating a research gap. Presenting justification for the research study. Stating the purposes of the research study. Stating specific research questions or hypotheses. Presenting research design and methods. Stating expected results.
- Constructing a Final Project: Literature ReviewIdentifying the research area and topic of investigation. Providing background information on the topic. Clarifying definitions. Indicate gaps in previous research. Providing a justification for the present study. Restating the study’s purpose and research questions. Stating the status hypothesis.
- Constructing a Final Project: Literature ReviewProviding a detailed review of studies. Using the author-date and endnote referencing systems. Using integral and non integral references. As-clauses for referring to the work of others. Three patterns for using reporting verbs. Cite Them Right! (Academic referencing game)
- Constructing a Final Project: Research Design and MethodsPresenting research design Describing the setting Introducing the sample and selection criteria Describing materials and specific equipment Discussing and justifying data collection methods Discussing and justifying data collection procedures Introducing key variables.
- Constructing a Final Project: Research Design and MethodsDiscussing and justifying data analysis methods Discussing and justifying data analysis procedures Discussing the scope of the study Discussing limitations.
- Constructing a Final Project: Results, Conclusion, AbstractWriting Abstracts: Giving background information, identifying a research gap, Listing the purposes of your study, Describing research methods, data collection and analysis procedures, Reporting results, Suggesting theoretical and practical implications. Academic Writing Game: Writing Abstracts.
- Constructing a Final Project: Project ProposalProviding an executive summary of the project (background, objectives, stakeholders, deliverables), Highlighting the problem and place it within the context of the project, Providing a detailed description of a series of activities aimed at solving the problem, Illustrating the solutions with visuals (maps, models, tables, figures), Give policy recommendations. Pointing out the limitations of the project, Indicating paths for future research and projects, Concluding with a logical summary.
- Individual Writing Tutorials: First Draft ReviewThe tutor provides useful feedback for improving the content, structure, language means and mechanical accuracy of students’ draft papers by commenting on their work and using scoring instruments (Final Project Assessment Rubric) and feedback forms (Writing Tutorial Feedback Form). Students are expected to participate actively by asking and answering questions, reflecting on their texts, making connections between the tutorial and the course, and taking thorough notes of the tutor’s comments.
- Individual Writing Tutorials: Final Draft ReviewThe tutor provides useful feedback for improving the content, structure, language means and mechanical accuracy of students’ final papers by commenting on their work and using scoring instruments (Final Project Assessment Rubric) and feedback forms (Writing Tutorial Feedback Form).
- Preparing a Final Draft Presentation: Introduction, Main Body, Transitions, Describing VisualsFeatures of Research Presentations. The move structure of research presentations (Orientation, Rationale, Framework, Methods, Results, Implication, Termination). Signposting Language. Useful language for emphasizing a point, giving examples, referring backwards/forwards, etc.)
- Preparing a Final Project Presentation: Discussing Results, Conclusion, Handling QuestionsDefending arguments using justifying and evaluation language. Anticipating questions from the audience. Effective strategies for dealing with different types of questions (checking understanding of the question, commenting on the question, avoiding answering the question, answering the question, checking you have given a satisfactory answer, inviting next questions). D8 system for handling questions.
- Preparing a Final Project Presentation: Effective Rhetorical StrategiesEffective impact techniques for capturing and maintaining the audience’s attention (rhetorical questions, contrasts and opposites, repetitions, the rule of three, similes, metaphors, storytelling, rapport building techniques, use of personal pronouns)
- Preparing a Final Project Presentation: Three Minute Thesis PresentationsStudents deliver their three minute thesis presentations and practise using effective strategies for answering different types of questions.
- Problem Statement Assignment
- Introduction Assignment
- Literature Review Assignment
- Research Design and Methods Assignment
- Results and Conclusion Assignment
- Writing Tutorials
- Final Project Paper and Three Minute Thesis Presentation)
- Interim assessment (2 semester)0.4 * Final Project Paper and Three Minute Thesis Presentation) + 0.1 * Introduction Assignment + 0.1 * Literature Review Assignment + 0.1 * Problem Statement Assignment + 0.1 * Research Design and Methods Assignment + 0.1 * Results and Conclusion Assignment + 0.1 * Writing Tutorials
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