XENA009 Academic Writing Module: Effective Introductions and Conclusions (2 cr)

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



This module is intended for doctoral students. The Introduction and the Conclusion sections occupy a rhetorically important position in a research paper, but writing them is often the most challenging task. The aim of this module is to help you write these two sections more purposefully, while being aware of their overall function and developing a more coherent structure that follows academic and field-specific conventions. Participants will use the main principles and strategies to analyze already published articles, as well as to improve their own texts with the help of self-assessment and peer/teacher feedback.

Assessment details

Compulsory and active participation. Successful completion of core assignments. Final grading is based on the applicable grading scale for the course.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module participants are expected to:

- understand the structure of the Introduction and Conclusion sections of research articles from a functional perspective
- identify the rhetorical moves that are typically present in these sections in your own field
- demonstrate effective and purposeful application of functional principles and strategies when writing these sections

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail