XDOC2003 Academic articles: Coherent sections (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


This course aims at increasing students’ awareness of the most common organisational principles of research articles whilst also addressing variation between different disciplines and journal requirements. Discourse analytical models will be applied to analyse the underlying structure of individual sections thus helping students to improve their own writing. Participants will receive peer- and-instructor feedback.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, participants are expected to…

  • understand the function of coherence and cohesion in academic discourse
  • be aware of the general communicative purpose and rhetorical structure of different sections of academic texts within their field
  • be able to analyse the schematic structure of the various sections of academic articles by identifying the sequential patterns of communicative acts (moves and steps)
  • demonstrate effective and purposeful application of functional principles and strategies when writing these sections

Additional information

For any questions concerning this course, please contact the course-specific responsible teacher and not the curriculum-level responsible teacher whose contact information you see on this page. You can find the course teachers and their contact information by going to Completion methods -> Teaching -> Basic Information. 

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
PASS-FAIL: Compulsory and active participation. Successful completion of core assignments. Final grading is based on the corresponding grading scale for the course.
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Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail