PGT Dissertation Writing Skills
PGT Dissertation Writing Skills Group 3 Thursday 3pm
Overview of the module
This module is intended for non-native speakers of English who wish to familiarise themselves with the conventions of academic writing and to practise some of the language that will be expected of them during their postgraduate studies.
The main aim is to prepare students for academic dissertation writing tasks that will be required during their studies. Students will become familiar with a number of reference sources and academic writing styles.
Aims of the module
The main aims of this unit are to:
. Introduce essential aspects of academic writing for a master’s dissertation
. Scope the question
. Critical evaluation of literature and a literature review
. Introduce students to referencing methods and help to avoid plagiarism
. Help students to build up arguments in writing
. Help students to comment on data
. Demonstrate how to use impersonal language and ‘voice’ when writing
. Give advice on writing introductions and conclusions
Student learning outcomes
Having successfully completed the unit, students will be aware of:
. Different types of dissertation, typical organisational structure and styles for writing
. The role of a literature review and written discussion section
. How to avoid plagiarism and use referencing methods
. How to build up arguments, and comment on data in writing
. How to include their own ‘voice’ when writing
. How to write introductions and conclusions.
Learning and teaching methods
The sessions will run as a mixture of seminars and workshops. Students will be expected to participate actively and to produce some written work.
This is non-credit bearing. There is no formal assessment for this module.
Further information about English Academic Purposes can be found on website:
27th April 2017 – 18th May 2017
General information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Specific information: C.J.Cullen@southampton.ac.uk
Each course is 4 weeks long. Each class lasts for 2 hours per week.
The enrolment start from week 2. The classes start from week 3. Please check your academic course timetable before you choose a class.
You can attend a maximum of 2 classes.