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Unit information: Research and Report Writing in 2016/17

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Unit name Research and Report Writing
Unit code LANG00002
Credit points 30
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mr. Lockett
Open unit status Not open

Essential Academic Writing & Essential Text Response or IELTS writing component 5.5 (minimum) or equivalent.


Exploring British Academic Culture

School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This mandatory 30-credit unit forms part of the International Pre-Master's Programme (IPP), which explores the way in which subject knowledge is communicated in English across a range of disciplines at and beyond Master’s level. Students will leave the programme fully equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to succeed at this level at a top British university and the confidence to communicate ideas with academics, peers or the public. This module aims to:review essential features of academic style and functions; explore the differences between essays and reports; introduce and practise the use of different voices in academic written work; develop research and library skills; encourage collaborative group work and independent study; introduce and practise academic vocabulary; develop editing skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module students will be able to: work collaboratively and independently on a research project; read, analyse and write a report; use data and other voices in your writing; edit your work to improve grammatical accuracy; recognise and use vocabulary from Academic Word List sub-lists 1-4; reflect on your learning and set developmental goals.

Teaching Information

Learning will be facilitated in small classroom groups (12-16) involving a group research project leading to the writing of an individual research report. Grammar and vocabulary materials will also be available on Blackboard.

Assessment Information

This mandatory 30-credit unit involves: Coursework (40%)- IMRD report(20%); reflective journal (10%); vocabulary log(10%). Examinations (60%) - Timed task-based SPSE report 40%; Academic vocabulary test 20%.

Reading and References

Bailey, S. (2011) Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students Routledge:Abingdon Example articles for analysis include: •Dooey, P (2010) Students’ perspectives of an EAP pathway program Journal of English for Academic Purposes 9: 184-197 •Huang, R. (2005). Chinese International Students’ perceptions of the Problem-Based learning Experience. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education 4(2), 36-43 •Lebcir, R.M., H. Wells & A. Bond (2008). Factors affecting academic performance of international students in project management courses: A case study from a British Post 92 University. International Journal of Project Management 268-274 •Myles, J. & L. Cheng (2003). The social and cultural life of non-native English speaking international graduate students at a Canadian university. Journal of English for Academic Purposes 2: 247-263