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

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024



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 course 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 course consists of collaborative contact sessions (small group and/or individual F2F meetings) it cannot be completed as an on-line course.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students are expected to:

  • Be familiar with the conventions, language, and principles of academic writing in their field
  • Understand cultural differences in research writing
  • Know how to integrate outside sources into their own texts in an ethically acceptable way
  • Define and use 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

XENB-courses are NOT intended for short-term exchange students or students in JYU's English-medium master’s degree programmes that have XENX009 Integrated Research Communication as a required course.


Description of prerequisites

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

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
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.
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail