Academic Writing

Course Description

Purpose and strategy of academic writing. Organization, style, and flow. Discourse-level cohesion; hedging. Text organization patterns: general-specific texts, problem-solution, compare-contrast, cause-effect. Argumentative structures and fallacies. Constructing a research paper. Data commentary. Writing summaries. Writing critiques. Writing reviews and review replies. Typesetting tools (LaTeX and BibTeX). Typography guidelines and common mistakes.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the purpose and style of academic writing
  2. Differentiate between the types of academic documents (scholarly article, commentary, summary, critique, recenzija)
  3. Design an outline for a thesis or research paper
  4. Apply common text organization patterns
  5. Construct and write the content of a thesis or a research paper
  6. Use the typesetting tools (LaTeX and BibTex)

Forms of Teaching

Lectures

Lectures according to the schedule.

Independent assignments

Individual academic writing exercises.

Other

Discussing examples and own texts.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Homeworks 0 % 40 % 0 % 40 %
Class participation 0 % 20 % 0 % 20 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 20 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 50 % 20 %
Exam: Written 50 % 40 %
Comment:

All homework assignments are obligatory. All homework assignments must have been submitted before the last week of lectures in order to be admitted to the (final) exam.

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Introduction to academic writing
  2. Formal writing style
  3. Text organization: note-making (coherence and cohesion), paragraph writing
  4. Text organization: summary writing
  5. Text organization: report writing
  6. Introduction to writing a research paper
  7. Midterm exam
  8. Typesetting tools (LaTeX and BibTeX). Typography guidelines and common mistakes
  9. Writing a research paper: title and abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion
  10. Writing a research paper: graphs, figures and tables; referencing
  11. Writing a mock research paper
  12. Guidelines for writing a (MSc) thesis
  13. Guidelines for writing a (MSc) thesis
  14. Discussion on mock research papers written by students. Final revision.
  15. Final exam

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Literature

Kate L. Turabian (2009.), A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition, University of Chicago Press
John M. Swales, Christine B. Feak (2004.), Academic Writing for Graduate Students, Essential Tasks and Skills, 3rd Ed., University of Michigan Press/ELT (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes)
Robert E. Berger (2014.), A Scientific Approach to Writing for Engineers and Scientists, John Wiley & Sons
Justin Zobel (2014.), Writing for Computer Science, 3rd ed., Springer
Martin Hewings, Craig Thaine, Michael McCarthy (2012.), Cambridge Academic English, Cambridge University Press

Associate Lecturers

For students

General

ID 222436
  Winter semester
2 ECTS
L3 English Level
L2 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Seminar
0 Exercises
0 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

90 Excellent
80 Very Good
70 Good
60 Sufficient