Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Planning, Process and Product in Academic Writing
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Semester 1: 50% of the final mark to, include:  * Assignment 1: 12.5% - Portfolio, including a) questions and topic analysis; b) critical paraphrase of key issue from reference material (500 words) * Assignemnt 2: 37.5% - Essay or report (1,500 words)   50%
Semester Assessment Semester 2: 50% of final mark, to include:  * Assignment 3: 12.5% - Critical summary of relevant reference sources (500 words) * Assignment 4: 37.5% - Essay or report (1,500 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment  Failed assignments must be retaken if the student's combined final mark falls belwo 40% (to a maximum of 4,000 words)  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

analyse and appropriately interpret writing tasks in their own subject discipline;

display a critical awareness of linguistic features of academic discourse;

organise a logical and coherent argument and apply an appropriate range of linguistic and textual features within a recommended format for an appropriate academic assignment;

critically evaluate writing processes in planning and drafting stages;

engage in critical discussions on writing issues and peer feedback techniques for the development of transferable skills (not assessed).

Brief description

This module covers aspects of planning, drafting and process writing in relation to critical review of identified academic literature. Week by week students engage in classroom activities and discussion through which they identify critical features, strengths and weaknesses of published papers in their own subject field. Through processes of adaptation and individualisation students inform development of their own writing styles into the critical requirements of writing in their academic field.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Structuring and sequencing in essays and reports.
Communication 1) Groupwork within the module; 2) communicating ideas through sequence of graded tasks.
Improving own Learning and Performance Through all seminars and tasks; written identification through reflective report.
Information Technology Use of computer network for researching essays, identifying case study material, planning and writing essays. Some tasks will be submitted through Blackboard.
Personal Development and Career planning Through all tasks; written identification through reflective report.
Problem solving Identifying problems in seminar discussion, proposing solutions to writing issues that will be comparable to students' own situations in researching, planning and drafting essays and reports.
Research skills Independently proposing essay questions, researching subject matter related to essay, identifying suitable case study material, reviewing material.
Subject Specific Skills Rhetorical and linguistic analysis of subject specific text and tasks.
Team work Groupwork within module.


This module is at CQFW Level 4