Full Title:Developing your academic writing
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:EDUC U8002
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to support students develop the transferable academic skills necessary for success in future study. It focuses on information literacy, critical thinking and academic writing. .
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify, access, search, retrieve and evaluate information from reliable sources
  2. Plan and structure written work effectively
  3. Evaluate evidence to develop an argument
  4. Produce high quality texts that demonstrate an understanding of academic expectations

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Information literacy
An introduction to information skills and their importance: searching and exploring the value of information in scholarship. Information Literacy: recognise when information is needed, locate, evaluate, effective use of information, authority in an academic context and scholarly conversation. Using technology to support learning, Academic Integrity.
Academic Writing
Scholarly writing: academic writing norms (spelling, grammar and punctuation), writing styles (academic language, sentence structure, paragraphs), developing your writing: paraphrasing, summarising, synthesising, active and passive writing, making coherent arguments; Types of writing (descriptive, analytic, evaluative)
Study skills and critical thinking
Managing learning, Effective critical reading (active reading with purpose, skimming) and note-making (summarising material, mind-mapping). Creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Effective time management: organization, prioritizing and setting goals.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment This assessment will be based on a series of short tasks (e.g. short writing exercises, quizzes, participation in discussion fora) spread across the semester. 1,2 30.00 100 40 n/a 0
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Project A 3,500 - 4,000 word literature review to address a research question identified by the learner. This will include a rationale, review of literature, conclusion and recommendations for practice/applications. This is a synoptic assessment that also assesses learning outcomes on the module 'Making sense of research' 1,2,3,4 70.00 100 40 Week 14 0
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practical Workshop 3.00 Every Third Week 1.00
Tutorial No Description 0.50 Every Month 0.13
Online Learning (non contact) Learning activities 4.00 Every Second Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.13
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.13
Recommended Book Resources
  • Burns, T. and Sinfield, S. 2016, Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University, Sage Thousand Oaks [ISBN: 978-147391902]
  • Cottrell, S. 2013, The Study Skills Handbook, 4th ed Ed., Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke [ISBN: 1137289252]
  • Cottrell, S. 2011, Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument (Palgrave Study Skills), 2nd ed Ed., Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke [ISBN: 10 0230285295]
  • Day, T. 2013, Success in Academic Writing (Palgrave Study Skills Series), Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke [ISBN: 9780230369702]
  • Godfrey, J. 2013, How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays (Palgrave Study Skills), Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke [ISBN: 10 113729468X]
  • Osmond, A. 2016, Academic Writing and Grammar for Students (Sage Study Skills Series), 2nd ed Ed., Sage Publication London [ISBN: 9781473919193]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Thomson, Pat and Kamler, Babara 2016, Detox your writing: Strategies for doctoral researchers, Routledge Oxon, New York
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_UCHPL_8 Certificate in Higher and Professional Learning 1 Mandatory