is familiar with the fundamental principles of academic writing in English
Having completed the course, the student
can develop an independent thesis or research question of sufficient complexity
can use and evaluate source material and integrate quotations
can structure paragraphs including topic and support sentences
can link paragraphs together into a coherent and focused academic essay
can document and cite sources used in their texts
This course will focus on expository writing, especially the critical essay. Students will learn about the constituent parts of essays. They will also learn how to develop and support an argument, how to achieve coherence between sentences and paragraphs, how to use standard source documentation formats, how to integrate source materials into their written work, and how to think, read, and write critically.
Lectures, group work and writing of assignments. 80 % compulsory attendance in group work. Practice for teacher-training students. The workload is estimated at 135 hours.
All students: 80 % compulsory attendance in seminars. For the teacher-training students: Practice and one assignment must be assessed as a pass. Other students: Two assignments must be assessed as a pass.
Assessment methods and criteria
Portfolio exam. The components in the portfolio will be communicated by the course instructor in Canvas at the beginning of the term.
The study programme manager, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1. Information about evaluation method for the course will be posted on Canvas.