Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completing the course, you will be able to

  • write well-structured and well-argumented academic articles
  • present your research coherently and convincingly in different contexts
  • give and receive feedback on academic work

Credits: 4

Schedule: 02.05.2023 - 01.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Christa Uusi-Rauva

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

Overall questions about the course and presentations part:

Christa Uusi-Rauva / 050-470 4003

Writing part:

Tanvi Mehta

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course aims to help you to function effectively in the academic context by focusing on three essential academic skills: academic writing, giving clear and convincing scholarly presentations, and having a strong understanding of the principles and practices of research ethics at Aalto University. Throughout the course, you will also learn how to give and receive constructive feedback on academic work.

    In the writing part, we will focus on academic writing skills such as effective argumentation and creating a research space by identifying the background, motivation and focus of your research.  

    In the presentations part, you will be able to develop yourself as a presenter. You will give several presentations during the course, and through practice learn how to deliver convincing, coherent, and engaging research talks, including job talks. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • applies in this implementation

    Written assignment (W1):

    2000-word (max.) essay about “Why Academic Writing Is So Hard”             Due May 15

    Presentation assignments (P1-P4):

    Assignment P1: 1-min pitch about your research, version 1                          Due May 11

    Assignment P2: 1-min pitch about your research, version 2                          Due May 16

    Assignment P3: Conference presentation version 1                                       Due May 23

    Assignment P4: Conference presentation version 2                                       Due May 30 / June 1


    All assignments must be completed to pass the course. Late assignments are not accepted.

    All the assignments are assessed on a pass/fail scale.

  • applies in this implementation


    30 h

    Classroom hours (including consultation sessions and conference days)

    31 h

    Individual work


    47 h


    108 h (4 op)


Study Material
  • applies in this implementation

    Please see the course syllabus document on the course homepage.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring V
    2023-2024 Spring V

    Enrollment :

    Only for doctoral students at BIZ.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Please see the course syllabus document on the course homepage.