AJ43001 Academic Writing

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2009
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 9 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
Matthew Nicholls, B.Sc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Jeffrey Alan Vanderziel, B.A.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Tomáš Kačer, Ph.D.
Timetable
Fri 13:20–14:55 G21
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
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to help students produce well-structured and coherent texts which should fulfil the purpose for which they are written. The course will be more practical than theoretical. Students will work on a number of written assignments, focusing on the importance of planning and redrafting, and in the process, analyse both their own and their colleagues’ work. They will also complete a large number of practical exercises in class designed to increase their understanding of how paragraphs (and sentences) should (and should not) be constructed, and how transitions (where necessary) should be used between them. In addition, students will study punctuation in detail, and the use of various editorial conventions and styles (especially with respect to capitalization, italicization, quotation, and the writing of bibliographies). To pass the course, each student must submit five acceptable assignments (graded on a pass/fail basis) and achieve a good level of attendance.
Syllabus
  • The aim of the course is to help students produce well-structured and coherent texts which should fulfil the purpose for which they are written. The course will be more practical than theoretical. Students will work on a number of written assignments, focusing on the importance of planning and redrafting, and in the process, analyse both their own and their colleagues’ work. They will also complete a large number of practical exercises in class designed to increase their understanding of how paragraphs (and sentences) should (and should not) be constructed, and how transitions (where necessary) should be used between them. In addition, students will study punctuation in detail, and the use of various editorial conventions and styles (especially with respect to capitalization, italicization, quotation, and the writing of bibliographies). To pass the course, each student must submit five acceptable assignments (graded on a pass/fail basis) and achieve a good level of attendance.
Literature
  • AARON, Jane E. The little, brown essential handbook for writers. 3rd ed. New York: Longman, 1999. viii, 247. ISBN 0-321-04970-5. info
  • ALEXANDER, L. G. Sixty Steps to Précis. 9. vyd. London: Longmans, 1965. 135 s. info
  • COOPER, Charles R. and Rise B. AXELROD. The St. Martins guide to writing. 2nd ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988. xxvi, 726. ISBN 0-312-00283-1. info
  • ČMEJRKOVÁ, Světla, František DANEŠ and Jindra SVĚTLÁ. Jak napsat odborný text. Vydání první. Praha: Leda, 1999. 255 stran. ISBN 8085927691. info
  • FOWLER, Henry Ramsey. The little, brown handbook. Edited by Jane E. Aaron - Daniel Anderson. 8th ed. New York: Longman, 2000. xxviii, 96. ISBN 0-321-07507-2. info
  • LAAKEN, M. van der, R. E. LANKAMP and M. Sharwood SMITH. Writing better English :a multi-purpose model for advanced speakers. 3., herziene druk. Bussum: Uitgeverij Coutinho, 2001. 82 s. ISBN 90-6283-276-8. info
  • ŠESTÁK, Zdeněk. Jak psát a přednášet o vědě. Illustrated by Hana Kymrová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1999. 204 s. ISBN 8020007555. info
Assessment methods (in Czech)
To pass the course, each student must submit five acceptable assignments (graded on a pass/fail basis) and achieve a good level of attendance.
Language of instruction
English
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 5x2.
Teacher's information
http://www.phil.muni.cz/elf/course/category.php?id=1
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2005, Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019.
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