XPX_ACAD Academic writing

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Daniel Gerrard, M.A. (seminar tutor)
Ing. Petr Smutný, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
PhDr. Mgr. Libor Štěpánek, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Ing. Petr Smutný, Ph.D.
Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Mgr. Jana Nesvadbová
Supplier department: Faculty of Economics and Administration
The minimum level of English is B2 CEFR level, some academic skills, ability to actively participate in class discussions, basic experience in academic writing.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/25, only registered: 0/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
There is an increasing need among MA students to engage with a wider range of academic, professional and public audiences through writing. Writing an MA thesis in English is a requirement in programmes taught through the medium of English. The goal of this course is to familiarize MA students with different approaches to academic writing, take their academic writing skills in English to a higher level and offer them a range of tools to address their target readers at specific, multi-disciplinary and general levels. The course addresses firstly the context of academic writing to situate the styles of writing that MA students are working with. It will discuss aspects of clear and concise writing style, and lexical and discourse relationship patterns in academic text, along with functional perspectives for positioning and structuring information and argument in the wider scope of an MA thesis.
Learning outcomes
By the end of the course, participants will be able to use academic and technical vocabulary; read and analyze texts to make use of them in writing; understand different text styles and structures; write successful titles, abstracts, paragraphs, and individual sections of a thesis or journal article; and provide and respond to peer feedback.
  • 1. Introduction to academic writing
  • 2. Academic style
  • 3. Academic and technical vocabulary
  • 4. Plagiarism and referencing
  • 5. Paragraphing
  • 6. Summarising and paraphrasing
  • 7. Writing a critique
  • 8. Academic text types
  • 9. Peer review
  • 10. Abstracts
  • 11. Writing a research report
  • 12. Writing a master's thesis
  • 13. Titles and acknowledgements
  • BAILEY, Stephen. Academic writing : a handbook for international students. 3rd ed. New York: Routledge, 2011. xx, 293. ISBN 9780415595803. info
  • SWALES, John and Christine B. FEAK. Academic writing for graduate students : essential tasks and skills. 3rd ed. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, 2012. xiv, 418. ISBN 9780472034758. info
Teaching methods
The course will consist of weekly seminars organised around group and individual writing tasks, problem-solving and discussion activities. It will also include online activities and peer review.
Assessment methods
A portfolio of texts written during the course and an extended piece of academic writing submitted in the exam period.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2021, recent)
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