||Academic Writing for Research Papers
1年次生 前期 １ターム
|Lecture, Discussion, Exercise
||All postgraduate students of all fields
Academic Writing, English skills, Thesis Writing, Research Papers Writing
Literature Review, Abstract, Introduction, Discussion, Skeleton Structure
||This course aims to facilitate graduate students' writing of their theses and/or journal articles alongside the development of their academic writing skills in English. Students are encouraged to bring in their existing manuscripts, potential research ideas or developing a manuscript throughout the course. These manuscripts can be paragraphs or chapters of the on-going thesis, paragraphs or sections of a potential journal article, summaries of reviewed literature, summaries of a potential research ideas and so on. This course includes following topics: Identify Your Research Field, How to Write the Literature Review I & II, How to Plan the Skeleton Structure, How to Write the Introduction, How to write the Abstract, How to Scope Back the Discussion to the Introduction. This course will provide opportunities to students to practise academic writing at sentence, paragraph and section levels as well as to design a piece of academic writing at a general level. Outcome of this course is expected to be a well-designed and relatively-developed manuscript.
The outline, the expectation, the assessment of this course and so on.
lesson2 Identify Your Research Field
In this lesson, we aim to identify students' research fields and discuss how to formulate it in written. Students will learn various ways of introducing their research fields in their writing.
lesson3 How to Write the Literature Review I
This lesson focuses on the paraphrasing of previous studies at a paragraph-length scale. Students will learn how to refer to a previous studies in terms of the theory, the method, the finding, and the implication.
lesson4 How to Write the Literature Review I
This lesson continues the discussion and practice of paraphrasing previous studies at a paragraph-length scale.
lesson5 How to Write the Literature Review II
This lesson aims to discuss how to paraphrase previous studies at a sentence-length scale, how to refer to a number of studies in one paragraph, and how to justify the relationship among these referred studies.
lesson6 How to Write the Literature Review II
This lesson continues the practice of referring to a number of previous studies in one paragraph and the justification of the relationship.
lesson7 How to Plan the Skeleton Structure
This lesson aims to discuss and practise the design of a piece of academic writing. The design is expected to be specified at the section level.
lesson8 How to Plan the Skeleton Structure
This lesson continues the practice of designing the skeleton structure of a piece of academic writing at the section level.
lesson9 How to Write the Introduction
This lesson focuses on the development of research questions and how to describe the research gap.
lesson10 How to Write the Introduction
This lesson continues the practice on how to justify the research gap and formulate research questions.
lesson11 How to Write the Abstract
This lesson focuses on the writing practice of the Abstract. Students are expected to write an Abstract at a relatively well-developed level.
lesson12 How to Write the Abstract
This lesson continues the practice of the writing of an Abstract.
lesson13 How to Scope Back the Discussion to the Introduction
This lesson focuses on the discussion about the structure of the Discussion and how to resonate the Discussion with the Introduction.
lesson14 How to Scope Back the Discussion to the Introduction
This lesson continues the practice on formulating the structure and thesis statements in the Discussion.
This lesson will recap previous lessons, respond to students' questions and provides further advice on academic writing in relation to common errors made in students' writing.
||No textbook will be used. Students are encouraged to bring in their own manuscripts to practice. Materials from the instructor will be provided during the class.
||PC – projector for PowerPoint - handouts - Microsoft Teams
|Lesson Instructions and relevant materials will be provided through email and/or uploaded to Teams before the class. Students are required to regularly check their Hiroshima email accounts and prepare each lesson before entering the class. Students are required to save the writing outcomes from each lesson, which will be needed for the final exam.
|Students should have some experiences in academic writing and writing in English. Students should have knowledge of basic academic etiquettes, such as checking the university email regularly, preparing lessons before entering a class, bringing required materials to attend a class, actively participating in class activities and so on.
Registration limit of this course is 30.
||Preparation & Attitude: 20%; Finalised Writing Outcome: 50%; Reflective Writing: 30%
Finalised Writing Outcome (50%) will be a piece of academic writing that students add writing outcomes from previous lessons with some revision on the cohesion. The breakdown is presented below:
Literature Review - one paragraph: 10%
Overall Skeleton Structure: 20%
Reflective Writing (30%) is a 1000-1500 word writing to respond following topics: What did you learn from this course? What are the aspects in your writing that need to be improved after taking this lesson? Why? And how?
Self-evaluative skills are significant to the development of academic writing, especially in students' own practice. The reflective writing (30%) is designed to examine whether students have developed a certain level of self-evaluative capacity by learning and practising knowledge of academic writing in this lesson. The content, the paragraphing and the grammar of the reflective writing will be assessed in the grading system.
||This course will be delivered and facilitated in English.
||Students are encouraged to speak in this course, asking questions, participating in group discussions and so on.