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Course Code: GFOK080
Number of Credits: 1,5 HEC
Number of Participants: 40
Day 1: 13.00 - 17.00, Introduction lecture
Day 2: 13.00 - 17.00, Information structure workshop (genre-oriented reading)4h
Day 3: 13.00 - 17.00, Peer response + critical reading workshop
Close: online activities during 1 week after last session
Consultation period: upon agreement
This course will introduce participating students to same of the basics
of writing for publication. The course therefore aims to provide a set
of tools and principles with which to approach a publication task in a
scientific community. It consequently also aims to increase
participants' awareness of the areas of academic writing they need to
focus on and improve.
Given the aim of the course, PhD-students
are recommended to take the course during their first year of study.
They are expected to take it prior to enrolling for the more substantial
writing courses in the PhD- programs at Chalmers (GFOK035, GFOK085).
Intended learning outcome
On completion of the course, successful students will be able to:
introductory level analyses of recurring rhetorical strategies in the
research articles of a specific discipline and assess the effectiveness
of these strategies for a given situation or context
- Apply basic genre analysis for future writing tasks
- Self-assess areas of academic writing that require particular focus and improvement
- Provide reader-focused peer response to other short research-based texts
Note: This course introduces some of the topics that will be further developed and applied in GFOK035 Academic Writing for PhD students.
No prior knowledge is required
Target group: Early stage PhD student
The course will focus on increasing awareness of
information structure. Lectures and workshops offer basic introductions
to the following central aspects of writing for publication:
- Basic paragraphing, sentence structure, and punctuation; stylistic awareness and impact at the level of words and phrases
- Textual and visual interplay for results and figures
- Recurring rhetorical options for introductions and discussions including rhetorical patterns
- Writing strategies, writing processes, and collaborative writing
- Genre analysis and critical reading
- Peer response techniques
will have in-session tasks to prepare prior to each lecture or workshop
including contribution to the discussion for the
intervention, assignments to be handed-in, or surveys to respond to. You
will also have follow up assignments in Canvas including reading and
commenting draft articles for each other.
You are expected to
spend about 40 hours on the course, corresponding to 1.5 hp. The course
is largely conducted in Canvas and resources are provided via links,
screen captions, videos, language training software in Canvas, a
textbook, and a series of lectures.
The course is mainly conducted in Canvas. There is a series of
campus-based activities with linked activities in Canvas. See
detailed schedule for each run of the course.Course leader and examiner
Raffaella Negretti (examiner), Andreas ErikssonLanguage
Swales & Feak. Academic writing for Graduate
Students, University of Michigan Press 2012. (may change) Links and
online material in Canvas.
Attendance on all campus-based sessions, submission of
compulsory assignments and tasks in Canvas in accordance with
instructions and criteria.
Examination in the enrolled courses can be acquired within one year from the start. After the expiration date no missing assignments can be admitted and a participant should re-apply to another course occasion.
Stand-by list means that the course is fully booked but you may be offered a seat if one becomes available. In this case a notification will be sent to you.
Cancellation of participation in the GTS courses
should be done as soon as possible and one week before start
at the latest via the link in the confirmation email. In case of cancellation less then 7 days before start, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Starting Autumn term 2018, late cancellations (less then 7 days) and no-showing up to the course will be fined.