|Module Title||PLANNING, PROCESS AND PRODUCT IN ACADEMIC WRITING|
|Co-ordinator||Mr John D Morgan|
|Semester||Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)|
Language development is facilitated through the focus on the students' specialist focus in essay writing, contextualizing language to immediate individual needs. This has proved a popular and effective approach over the past 4 years with many students responding enthusiastically to the module. It is also reflected through greater confidence in continuing academic work with higher levels of achievement among students who take it seriously.
What is academic English? The notion of discourse communities and types of argument.
- The writer and reader interaction process: shared background knowledge.
- Working with essay questions. Building a profile of subject-specific vocabulary.
- The notion of problem. Topic analysis techniques.
Essay & report structures
- Comparative analysis of essays and reports
- Introductions and executive summaries.
- Choices available for structuring the main body of the essay.
- Writing conclusions; writing an abstract.
Avoiding plagiarism in paraphrasing, citing, referencing and writing a bibliography
- Identifying suitable case study material
- Critical analysis framework and methods of literature review.
- Referencing conventions and bibliography requirements.
Language development; e.g. functions of present and past tenses, active and passive voice, noun phrase sentence patterns and repetition of noun phrases.
Revision and redrafting of writing
- Punctuation, layout and other issues that relate to the final presentation of an essay.
|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.|
|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.|
|Team work||Groupwork within module.|
|Information Technology||Use of computer network for researching essays, identifying case study material, planning and writing essays. Some tasks will be submitted through Blackboard.|
|Application of Number||Structuring and sequencing in essays and reports.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Through all tasks; written identification through reflective report.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Rhetorical and linguistic analysis of subject specific text and tasks.|
This module is at CQFW Level 4