XENB001 Academic Writing for Master's Students: Core Principles (2 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Language Centre
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



Writing is a skill which can be developed with determination and hard work. This practical, hands-on course focuses on issues such as audience, purpose, organization, academic expression, style, and flow of academic texts. You will practice defining terms and concepts, commenting on data, referring to other writers’ work, and using language strategically to achieve your academic goals.

Completion methods

This module is a collaborative workshop combining activities and tasks with the main focus on the student's own text(s) both in class and as homework. Since the module consists of collaborative contact sessions (small group and/or individual F2F meetings) it cannot be completed as an on-line course.

Assessment details

Attendance in all sessions, active participation in class and successful completion of all assignments is required. Grading is based on continuous peer-, self- and teacher assessment.

Learning outcomes

After completing the module students are expected to:

- Understand intercultural differences in research writing
- Be familiar with the conventions, language, and principles of academic writing in their field
- Know how to use references and citation while avoiding plagiarism
- Use language strategically to express their position on issues in their field
- Define terms and concepts effectively for different audiences
- Know how to assess and edit their own writing
- Use online tools to facilitate the above.

Additional information

The XENB-modules are not for students in International English Medium Master’s programmes that have either XENX009 Integrated research communication, XENK006 Academic Reading and Writing 1, or XENK007 Academic Reading and Writing 2 as a required course. The course is NOT for exchange students.

Description of prerequisites

Students must have completed the degree-specific compulsory courses in English. Required proficiency level: C1 (advanced).

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
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