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.
||Lectures, Practical-based Work, Oral Presentations==Semester 1: Lectures==The focus of the first five weeks is academic essay and report writing. 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. The content of the remaining seven weeks of the Autumn Semester is negotiated. A series of one-to-one academic writing tutorials are available during the Spring and Summer semesters. Furthermore, a series of dissertation writing seminars are provided during the Summer Semester.==Semester 2: (Individual/Group) tutorials==Students can book a 30mins tutorial with a tutor to check a page or two of writing. ==Summer term: Seminars and (individual/group) tutorials==A series of seminars to support students on dissertation writing. Topics include: - Writing aims, objectives and research question - Writing a Literature Review - APA Referencing & Bibliographic conventions - Paraphrasing, summarising and synthesising - Writing the Methodology chapter - Writing a Results or Data Analysis chapter - Writing a Discussion chapter - Writing the Introduction chapter - Writing the Conclusion chapter - Writing a structured abstractDaily tutorials available to support students┐ dissertation writing.
||Not Formally Assessed
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