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ACADEMIC ENGLISH AND STUDY SKILLS
blended with online support from Epigeum's English for Academic Studies
Programme Semester 2, 2015-2016
Saturday Mini-Course (City Campus)
Mini-Course Indicative Content
Dissertation Writing
 What is a dissertation?
 The dissertation writing process
 The structure of each chapter
 Writing the introduction & conclusion
 The Abstract
 Drawing conclusions
 References and Bibliography
 Hedging (expressing uncertainty)
 Primary research methods (e.g.
questionnaires, interviews, case
studies)
 Role of the dissertation supervisor
Academic Writing
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Structure of essays and reports
Introductions and Conclusions
Coherence and cohesion (linking
phrases, discourse markers)
Levels of formality
Academic writing conventions
Expressing uncertainty (hedging)
Editing, proofreading and error
correction
References and Plagiarism
 What is plagiarism? Why reference?
 Referencing different types of source
(e.g.books,websites, journals, images)
 The difference between references
and a bibliography
 Creating and recording references for
a topic
 Why shouldn’t students plagiarise?
 Plagiarism, collusion and cheating
 The consequences of plagiarising
 Techniques for avoiding plagiarism
 Effective note-taking from books
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