0 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Many of Information School's assessments require students to produce an academic essay or report. Both require a set of skills and understandings that differ from other forms of writing. This module aims to improve Information School students┐ academic writing, particularly in context of the Information School┐s assessments. The focus of the first five weeks will involve the process of writing an essay. The planning, structure and content of essays will be analysed and discussed, as well as advanced study skills, such as effective reading, note-making, paraphrasing, summary writing and referencing sources. Examples of past essays and assignments (or selected excerpts) from various departments will be used as successful models, illustrating and highlighting many of the features listed below. After week 5/6, it will be possible to negotiate the course content for the following six weeks and focus on various aspects highlighted in your feedback.

Staff Contact: Dr Xin Zhao
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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