Level of study First Year
Credit value 20
Semester Taught across both
Other pre-requisites You must have completed Level 3 UK National Qualifications Framework (NQF), or international equivalent, of appropriate study in this discipline.
The course introduces students to the nature of academic discourse and to the special features of academic writing in different disciplines through a critical investigation of different academic genres supported by a study of relevant theories of written discourse. It aims to develop students¿ knowledge of how academic discourse is constructed, hone their analytical skills of text analysis and improve their writing and reading skills. Ultimately, it will raise their awareness of communication in academic settings through studying, using, and producing academic discourse. The course will provide students with opportunities both to reflect on the characteristic features of the discourse of different disciplines and also to apply this knowledge to their own work. Areas of study include:
What is academic discourse?
Differences between disciplines, for example Business and Political Science
Features of academic discourse, for example text patterns grammatical structures, rhetorical strategies
Different types of academic genres, for example, abstracts, essays, critical reviews and reports
Reading and writing critically and developing an argument
Practical elements of essay writing, for example referencing and citation