XDOC2013 Article-based dissertations (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


Course description

The course provides practical support for participants embarking on writing the summary part of their own article-based dissertation. Besides providing a safe space to share individual goals and experiences, the course offers helpful guidelines and concrete examples for writing each section of the dissertation. Participants explore and more closely examine published dissertations within their field, focusing on structure, rhetorical moves, and visual design, to help them plan their own dissertation.

Main content

  • The article-based dissertation: objectives, required competencies, JYU general guidelines and faculty-specific requirements.
  • Permission issues, reusing (parts of) your own works.
  • The overall function of the dissertation; the importance of visual design.
  • Tips on various sections with examples: the dissertation title, front cover illustrations, and epigraphs, the abstract, the acknowledgement section, the introduction, the theoretical/conceptual framework, overview of the articles, discussion/conclusion. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, participants are expected to…

  • understand the basic function and overall purpose of the article-based dissertation.
  • be familiar with the requirements for the basic structure of the dissertation, as well as possible variations within their respective field of inquiry.
  • demonstrate purposeful application of the principles and rhetorical strategies covered in class when planning to write the summary part of their own dissertation.

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:
Assessment is based on active participation and the successful completion of all the tasks and assignments.
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail