XDOC2003 Academic articles: Coherent sections (2 cr)

Study level:
Postgraduate studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication
Curriculum periods:
2024-2025, 2025-2026, 2026-2027, 2027-2028


This course aims at increasing participants’ awareness of the most common organisational principles of research articles, whilst also addressing variations across different disciplines and journal requirements. Discourse-analytical models are applied to individual sections to analyse underlying rhetorical structures, thus helping doctoral researchers to improve their own writing. Participants are to receive peer and instructor feedback.

Course content:

  • The most common sections of research articles (abstract, introduction, literature review, methods, results, discussion, conclusion).
  • How to write up data represented in tables and figures.
  • The structure of your article and how it can help to develop a coherent argument.
  • Paragraphs as the building blocks of all academic writing.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, participants are expected to…

  • be able to identify and analyse the underlying rhetorical structure of academic article sections.
  • be aware of the general communicative purpose and rhetorical structure of different sections of academic articles in their field.
  • understand how to create structural coherence and cohesion in their writing.

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:
80% attendance, class participation, and submission of all required assignments.
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Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail