BDX_AKAP Academic writing

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Jiří Poláček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Jaroslav Nekuda (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Pavla Rimešová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jiří Poláček, Ph.D.
Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Mgr. Jiří Poláček, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Faculty of Economics and Administration
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! NOWANY ( BKE_AAOP Academic writing ) && (! BKE_AAOP Academic writing )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Students will gain an overview of the complete technological line of academic writing, starting from topic selection, search and evaluation of suitable information sources to gaining familiarity with rules and procedures of writing a specialist text. A great emphasis will be put on ethical rules of research and scientific work. A brief overview of chosen methods and procedures used in scientific and research work in social and economic sciences will be given.
Learning outcomes
Student will gain an understanding on the following topics: - Comprehension of academic work methodology within a field of social sciences;
- Finding and analysing relevant literature for study along with other supportive information resources;
- Formulating a topic and a research question as a starting point of the Bachelor’s or Master’s Thesis;
- Getting familiar with the most frequently used economic research methods;
- Referencing used literature sources in accordance with international citation norms;
- Perfecting writing skills in typography, use of graphical symbols and grammar context.
  • 1. Information management
  • system of University libraries (Masaryk University and Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University)
  • the library system, services New books and Magazine contents
  • electronic information, source classification, main groups of sources, search techniques
  • main groups introduction: e-books, magazine databases, specialized databases
  • citation indexes and scientometry
  • 2. Introduction to academic writing
  • typology of academic work
  • topic selection, role of an academic paper supervisor
  • structure of an academic paper
  • academic writing (preparation, time management, psychohygiene, academic language, aspect of stylistics, text revision, auxiliary strategies)
  • writing of the most frequently used document types in English and German (report, summary, CV, cover letter) treated from the stylistic, grammatical and lexical perspective
  • selected methods and techniques of scientific and research work, meaningfulness of values in social science research, paradigms
  • presentation and defence
  • 3. Ethics of scientific and research work and technical side of academic writing
  • academic writing ethics, plagiarism and its detection
  • literature citations, bibliography
  • technical side of writing (typography, rules on text arrangement and layout, rules on typesetting and visual data representation)
    recommended literature
  • ZBÍRAL, Robert. Příručka psaní seminárních a jiných vysokoškolských odborných prací. Praha: Linde, 2009, 159 s. ISBN 9788072017799. info
  • ECO, Umberto and Ivan SEIDL. Jak napsat diplomovou práci. Olomouc: Votobia, 1997, 271 s. ISBN 80-7198-173-7. info
  • ĎAĎO, Jaroslav. Ako napísať a úspešne obhájiť záverečnú prácu : (alebo ako zjesť slona). Ružomberok: Epos, 2022, 336 stran. ISBN 9788056203590. info
  • KAPOUNOVÁ, Jana and Pavel KAPOUN. Bakalářská a diplomová práce : od zadání po obhajobu. Vydání 1. Praha: Grada, 2017, 134 stran. ISBN 9788027100798. URL info
Teaching methods
The entire course is Internet-based and therefore there is no classroom instruction. It is made up of self-contained, topic-based lessons which will gradually be made available in the Information System. All the study materials will be made available in the e-form in the IS.

Each chapter is also accompanied by an optional module labelled “For the curious“ containing additional study materials or interesting facts related to the discussed subject matter.
Assessment methods
Credit will be awarded after the following criteria have been met:

1. Access and login to each lesson in the Information System within the deadline.
2. Completion of the assigned tasks accompanying each lesson within the deadline.
3. Submission of individual written work and participation in the peer-review system.
4. Scoring required number of points of all assigned tasks.

These credit rules also apply to students going on a study visit.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Note related to how often the course is taught: distanční výuka.
Credit evaluation note: k=2,0.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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