Gazettes 2017/18

Module QXS-4002: Academic Writing & Grammar

Run by ELCOS

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Miss Debbie Garlick

Overall aims and purpose

This course, available only to non-native speakers of English, aims to review and develop students English language competence in grammar and academic writing. It enables students to review the English grammar system and to examine the writing process with a view to identifying and resolving individual problem areas. It enables students to become familiar with BU academic writing conventions and thus to perform more effectively in their own research writing.

Course content

good

Pass 50% A student has achieved a good standard in English grammar and writing in coursework and examination relating to the learning outcomes above (equivalent to IELTS 6.5)A student shows the ability to produce good written English for a variety of purposes and in a variety of registers and has good awareness of structure, content, style and grammatical accuracy, although there may be some minor lapses in adherence to academic conventions and register. There are only a few errors in grammar and/or format but most are identified and self-corrected and do not interfere with the communication of ideas. Writing may be ambitious in terms of structure but this may not be fully fulfilled.

excellent

Excellent 70% A student has achieved an excellent standard in English grammar and writing in coursework and examination relating to the learning outcomes above (equivalent to IELTS 7.0 or above). A student shows the ability to produce excellent written English for a variety of purposes and in a variety of registers and has very good awareness of structure, content, style and grammatical accuracy. Writing closely follows academic conventions with appropriate register. There is evidence of effective error identification and self-correction with accurate use of sophisticated structures in writing. The communication of ideas is clear and effective.

Learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of this module, students will: 1. Have improved their ability to organise and write theses and other written academic assignments in correct and appropriate English and according to BU conventions. 2. Be aware of BU academic conventions in writing and be able to conform to them. 3. Have raised awareness of personal errors in English and strategies for overcoming them. 4. Have developed the skill of proof-reading & self-correction. 5. Be aware of plagiarism and how to avoid it; and be more confident in appropriately incorporating information from source materials into academic writing.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours

Pre-Requisites

none

Co-Requisites

none

Compulsory in
MA/EDSEducation Studies, Yr 1
MA/MUSMusic, Yr 1
MA/MUSEDMusic with Education, Yr 1
MMUS/CECSAComp, Elec Comp, Sonic Art, Yr 1
Optional in
DIP/MUSMusic, Yr 1
MMUS/CSAComposition and Sonic Art, Yr 1
MSC/ANCHEMAnalytical Chemistry, Yr 1