BDX_AKAP Academic writing

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Autumn 2010
Extent and Intensity
0/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
PhDr. Jaroslav Nekuda (seminar tutor)
Ing. Michal Kvasnička, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Jiří Poláček, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. Ing. Martin Kvizda, Ph.D.
Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Lydie Pravdová
Prerequisites (in Czech)
(! BPX_AKAP Academic writing ) && (! BKX_AKAP Academic writing )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course is made up of three blocks:
(1) information management ,
(2) basics of academic writing,
(3) ethics of scientific and research work, technical side of academic writing.

Main instruction 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.
  • 1. Information management
  • system of University libraries (Masaryk University and Faculty of Economics and Management, Masaryk University)
  • the ALEPH 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 graphical representation of data)
    recommended literature
  • NEKUDA, Jaroslav, Lucie KUŽELÍKOVÁ and Jiří POLÁČEK. Sociálně-ekonomické informace a práce s nimi. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2008. 88 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-4577-4. info
  • 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
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.

To each lesson there is a set of tasks or short tests attached, the timely completion of which is regularly and automatically checked by the Information System.

Completion of some tasks is awarded points which contribute to the final test score. In each lesson there is an opportunity to feedback on and evaluate the respective lesson.

Completion of a feedback form will be checked by the Information System too.

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
Credits 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. Completion of the feedback form accompanying each lesson within the deadline.
4. Scoring at least 60% in the final test.
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 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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