830 – Academic Writing Skills

Course Description:

This course is for academic research staff who would like some support whilst writing for academic purposes.  It introduces basic research writing skills including: conducting research, note taking, paraphrase, summary, direct quotation, positioning, and MLA or APA style citation.

The programme is designed to help participants produce their next paper. The course will also place emphasis on macro-level composition skills such as: essay structure, paragraph structure, coherence, unity; and micro-level skills such as: sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, spelling and mechanics.



Participants must have material for a paper that they can work on during the course.



The course mainly aims to:

understand the academic writing process

develop writing skills and practice them

to produce a piece of work for publication.

practice a variety of prewriting techniques

break large writing projects into manageable pieces

apply backward planning to reach a goal

recognizing approach, style, and need for external accountability


Requirements for a Certificate:

Minimum attendance requirement is 75% of course events.

Assessed portfolio work for practical tasks like group and individual planning, observation, demonstration, micro-teaching, discussion and feedback sessions.

1000-word end of course Reflective Essay.





Course Outline:

830.01 – Read and analyze related literature focusing on structure and mechanics

830.02 – Planning essay structure, including introduction, body and conclusion

830.03 – Understanding the writing process, including pre-writing, writing and re-writing

830.04 – Employing descriptive, narrative and expository modes for an academic audience

830.05 – Understanding and applying the principles of effective paragraph structure

830.06 – Writing concise sentences and employing quotation, paraphrase and summary

830.07 – Introducing, positioning and integrating source material into an essay

830.08 – Avoiding errors of verb tense, pronoun agreement, usage of prepositions and articles

830.09 – Improving academic and idiomatic vocabulary for a socially appropriate language

830.10 – Identifying effective writing techniques in participant’s own work and in peer writing

830.11 – Employing correct citation style, parenthetical, in-text citation and works-cited pages

830.12 – Avoiding plagiarism and evaluating sources for relevance and reliability