Credits: 3

Schedule: 24.02.2020 - 08.04.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Matthew Billington

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

- Produce clear and structured language for an academic text

- Apply discourse conventions common to academic writing in English

- Revise aspects of their writing to improve readability

- Apply strategies for editing texts, based on feedback

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Successful participation requires that you have a research topic, have begun your research, are ready to write and have already produced some thesis text. This course covers academic writing as part of the investigative research-based reading and writing process for the scholarly field of art. It carries students through a writing process for creating a clear, well-structured text. During the course, students work to improve their academic texts as they apply writing skills and techniques introduced in the course, such as structuring a text (for increasing readability), integrating citations and applying appropriate citing conventions, applying linguistic methods of argumentation, and reviewing sentence form and function as well as other writing mechanics (as needed). The course also introduces some online tools that help with writing in English. In addition, students collaborate on writing where giving and receiving peer feedback is an essential component.

Working Life Skills: Knowledge of research in own field, Skills in a foreign language, Written communication, Information retrieval skills, Ethical consciousness, Critical thinking skills, Lifelong learning skills, Self-confidence, Analytical skills, Time management, and Self-awareness.

Prerequisites: Students are expected to submit 2 - 3 pages of (draft) thesis text prior to the start of the course (not the thesis proposal but part of a chapter of the thesis).

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

- Assignments and quizzes 35%

- Feedback participation and final paper 45%

- Regular attendance (=80%) and active participation in final feedback sessions 20%

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

81 h (Small-group instruction 16 – 36 h + guided independent work 45 – 65 h)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Provided by the teacher and the students

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

LCA-1021 and 02106

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

MyCourses + course code

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

C1 or higher

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students are expected to submit 2 - 3 pages of (draft) thesis text prior to the start of the course (not the thesis proposal but part of a chapter of the thesis).

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 - 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

WebOodi and questionnaire posted in MyCourses. Students are considered for admission in order of highest number of credits, expected date of submitting their thesis for evaluation, and whether the course is part of their Master’s thesis seminar.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Recommended time, 3 - 6 months before submitting the thesis

Please note that the course will be organised if a minimum of 10 people register for it.


Registration and further information