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Academic Writing

Academic Writing

Code: THE8LF001
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: Semester 6
Language: English
Level: Professional Studies / Bachelor’s Thesis
Type: Free-choice Studies


Students in the Thesis Writing Process (THE7LF007).

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student

  • understands the different functions of sentence and paragraph types to express information
  • acquires an increased vocabulary suited for academic English
  • learns the standard and academically accepted structure of an essay/report/thesis to better express one’s intentions more clearly in writing
  • becomes more aware of one’s own writing by editing the work of others (peer editing)
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

The purpose of the course is to learn the skill of clear academic writing through a step-by-step approach in which participants study the rhetorical patterns and the writing process in English with extensive practice in sentence structure and mechanics, along with the appropriate vocabulary used in academic English. Students learn, from the elements of the sentence and the paragraph, an approach that is expandable to encompass the demands of writing a full-fledged thesis in academically appropriate English, as follows:

  • Paragraph Format
  • Paragraph Structure
  • Logical Division of Ideas
  • Process Paragraphs
  • Comparison and Contrast Paragraphs
  • Definition Paragraphs
  • Essay Organization
  • Peer-Editing

Cooperation with the business community

Contributions based on students thesis topics.

International dimension

Contributions based on international students with their thesis topics.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact hours
Independent studies
Peer editing
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Teacher with the main responsibility for the course

Kevin Gore

Course materials

Required Course Textbook: McCarthy, M. & O’Dell, F. (2010). Academic Vocabulary in Use. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. ISBN: 978-0-521-68939-7

Other material provided by the teacher

Modes of assessment and their weights

Attendance 15%
Assignments 85%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.