Monday, January 23, 2017

Academic Writing

Course title: Academic Writing Full marks: 100
Course No.: Eng. Ed 335 (Elective) Pass marks:   35
Nature of the course: Theory Periods per week: 6
Level: B.Ed. Total periods: 150
Year: Third Time per period: 55 minutes

1. Course Description
This course aims at equipping the students with academic writing skills. It has four units. The first unit deals with the basics of academic writing. The second unit introduces the students to the process of academic writing and guides them to develop the academic writing texts. Likewise, the third unit discusses the ways of exploiting published sources for academic writing. Finally, the last unit exposes the students to different kinds of academic texts and encourages them to write similar texts.

2. Course Objectives
The general objectives of the course are as follows:
  • To familiarize the students with the fundamentals of academic writing
  • To engage the students in the academic writing process.
  • To enable the students to utilize the published sources for academic writing.
  • To expose the students to the varieties of academic writing.

3. Specific Objectives and Contents
Specific Objectives

  • Distinguish between academic writing and personal writing.
  • Avoid plagiarism in writing.
  • List and explain the elements of academic writing.
  • Research for academic writing
  • Offer and get feedback in academic writing.
  • Use appropriate definition, vocabulary and maintain clarity in academic writing.
  • Generalise facts in different contexts.
  • Discuss the results and their relevance in writing.
Unit I: Academic Writing                                              (30)
    1. Distinction between academic and personal writing
    2. Plagiarism
    3. Elements of academic writing
1.3.1 Argument
1.3.2 Cause and effect
1.3.3 Cohesion
1.3.4 Comparison
1.3.5 Discussion
1.3.6 Examples
1.3.7 References and quotations
1.3.8 Style
    1. Researching and writing
    2. Fundamentals and feedback
    3. Definition, vocabulary and academic clarity
    4. Generalisations, facts and academic reality
    5. Results, discussion and academic relevance
  • Brainstorm ideas to start academic writing
  • Produce the drafts and work on the improvement of the draft.
Unit II: Academic Writing Process and Strategies       (50)
2.1. Getting started
2.2. Getting to first draft
2.2.1 Getting ideas and starting to write
2.2.2 Preparing for a draft
2.2.3 Writing a first draft and getting feedback
2.3. Working with a draft
2.3.1 Focusing on main ideas
2.3.2 Developing and shaping ideas
2.3.3 Beginning and ending draft
2.4 Reworking the draft
2.4.1 Revising
2.4.2 Polishing the revised draft
  • Write summaries and paraphrases.
  • Use quotations and citations appropriately.
Unit III: Use of Published Sources for Academic Writing (20)
3.1 Writing summaries
3.2 Writing paraphrases
3.3 Using quotations
3.4 Citations  
  • Write CVs.
  • Write reports and design surveys.
  • Take specific ideas from various sources.
  • Write journal and newspaper articles.
  • Write research reports and book reviews.
Unit IV: Writing Models                                                   (50)
3.1 Writing CVs
3.2 Reporting and designing surveys
3.3 Taking ideas from sources
3.4 Writing journal articles
3.5 Writing newspaper articles
3.6 Writing a research report
3.7 Writing a book review
Note: The figures in the parentheses indicate the approximate periods for the respective units.

4. Instructional Techniques
The instructional techniques for this course are divided into two groups. The first group consists of general instructional techniques applicable to most of the units. The second group consists of specific instructional techniques applicable to specific units.

4.1. General Instructional Techniques
  • Lecture and Discussion
  • Explanation and Illustration
4.2. Specific Instructional Techniques
  • Units II and IV: Project Works
  • Unit IV: Group & Individual Assignments

5. Evaluation
This course is for one academic year. It carries 100 marks. Its marks distribution will be as follows.

Units             Marks               

I: Academic writing 25
II: Academic writing process and strategies 35
III: Using published sources for academic writing 15
IV: Writing models 25

This is a theory course. Hence, the learning of the students will be assessed through the annual examination held by the Office of the  Controller of Examinations. The types and number of questions in the annual examination are given in the following table:

Nature of questions
Total questions to be asked
Number of questions to be answered and marks allocated
Total Marks
Group A: Multiple choice items
20 x 1 mark
Group B: Short answer questions
8 with 3 ‘or’ questions
8 x 7 marks
Group C: Long answer questions
2 with 1 ‘or’ question
2 x 12 marks

6. Recommend Books and References

Recommend Books
Baily, S. (2006). Academic writing: A handbook for international students. New Delhi: Routledge. (For units I & IV)
Hamp-Lyons, L. & Heasley, B. (2007). Study writing: A course in writing skills for academic purposes. India: CUP. (For units I and IV)
Leki, I. (2007). Academic writing: Exploring processes and strategies. Cambridge: CUP. (For units II & III)

Brown, K. (2008). Essay writing step by step. New Delhi: Viva Books.
Canagarajah, A. S. (2007). A geopolitics of academic writing. New Delhi: Orient Longman.
Fry, R. (2001). Your first resume for students and anyone preparing to enter today's tough job market. Delhi: Pearson Education.
Lannon, J. M.  (1992). The writing process. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.
Seely, J. (1998). The Oxford guide to writing and speaking. New Delhi:  OUP.

Seely, J. (2004) .Writing reports. New Delhi: OUP.

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