The focus of the module is on the development of the advanced English language competence necessary for post graduate study in scientific disciplines. This includes the ability to interpret and evaluate authentic scientific texts; analyse, discuss and summarise written and visual information both in writing and orally; organise written texts effectively and submit them in grammatically accurate English, and present the results of research orally in a coherent and stimulating way.
Block 1: Autumn term: Weeks 1-5 & 7 - 11 (10wks x 2hrs per wk) + 1 x 20 minute individual tutorial.
Block 2: Spring Term: Weeks 13 – 18 (6weeks x 2 hrs per wk) + 1 x 20 minute individual tutorial, and 3 extra hours for presentations.
You are expected to complete 10.25 hours of private study per week in in each term.; a total of 150 hours.
There are no additional costs for this module
Method of assessment
100% coursework comprising:
A short technical report of 800 words (20%);
A final written assignment on a subject specific topic 1600 words (40%),
A short presentation (20%)
Seminar participation- 2 assessed seminars (20%)
Davis, J. W. and Dunn, I. K. ((2011). Communication Skills: A Guide for Engineering and Applied Science Students.3rd edn. Harlow: Prentice Hall.
Glendinning, E. H. and Holmstrom, B. (2004) Study Reading: A Course in Reading Skills for Academic Purposes. Cambridge: CUP.
Hamp-Lyons, L. and Heasley, B. (2006). Study Writing: A Course in Written English for Academic Purposes. Cambridge: CUP.
Laplante, P. A. (2012). Technical Writing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists. Florida: CRC Press.
Swales, J. M. and Feak, C. B. (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills. 3rd edn. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. write accurate English (grammar: word order, word form, tense, modality; spelling; punctuation)
2. use correct register and style for a range of written documents (including numerical, reports, essays)
3. summarise visual, aural and textual information from academic sources and present reasoned arguments orally in seminars in the appropriate register
4. achieve cohesion and coherence in academic writing
5. give technical presentations to specialist and non-specialist audiences
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Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
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