DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000647

Academic Writing

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Nijolė Burkšaitienė (n.burksaitiene@mruni.eu)

a. o: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sigita Rackevičienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vilhelmina Vaičiūnienė, Prof. Dr. Jolita Šliogerienė

Institute of Philosophy and Humanities


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

First

not apllicable

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

face-to face, individual study

1 semester

English, Lithuanian


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

not applicable

not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

66

96


8.

Purpose of the course unit

The purpose of the course unit is: 1) to provide knowledge of the principles and methodology of research in philology and develop abilities to use the acquired knowledge in writing a Course paper and a Bachelor thesis. 2) to provide knowledge of the peculiarities of academic English and develop abilities to use academic English in writing assignments.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

After the course the students will be able: - define the main principles of philological research, plan one’s research, characterize the object of the research, and formulate the aim of the research and research questions and objectives;

Lectures, individual and group work; data collection training; data analysis training

Cumulative grade for the fulfilment of seminar tasks. Research work. Examination.

- carry out the search of literature necessary for philological research; to collect data necessary for philological research;

Letures and seminars on how to work with data bases, and how to critically evaluate literature overview examples

Cumulative grade for the fulfilment of seminar tasks. Examination

- to use the methods of literature analysis, and data analysis methods(comparative/contrastive, descriptive) - conduct comparative analysis of language, literature or culture phenomena, interpret the findings and generalise the results;

Lectures, discussions, analysis of the given scientific articles and Bachelor theses; Seminars to formulate the aim and objectives of a research, correction of mistakes

Cumulative grade for the fulfilment of seminar tasks. Research work. Examination

define stylistic peculiarities of Academic English and to use Academic English in writing assignments and their oral presentations.

Lectures, text analysis, seminars for practicing Academic English writing.

Cumulative grade for the fulfilment of seminar tasks. Research work. Examination


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Academic writing and Academic English 1
Academic texts types, their stylistic peculiarities, academic language specific lexical and syntactical constructions.

4

4

8

9

Analysis of research works in the field of philology, interactive tasks and individual work-based written assignments

2. Academic writing and Academic English 2
The structure of academic texts and its composite parts. Formulation of the statement (expanding and generalising), formulation of the argument (thesis, antithesis, synthesis). Text coherence and cohesion.

4

4

8

9

Analysis of research works in the field of philology, interactive tasks and individual work-based written assignments

3. The purpose of philological research.
Epistemology of reality. The essence and purpose of research. Research ethics. The purpose and specificity of philological research (linguistics, literature and culture studies).

2

2

4

9

Analysis of research works in philology (articles, Bachelor theses), formulation of the research problems analysed in them, discussion of the relevance of the research and the principles of ethics followed in the research works under analysis

4. The search of scientific literature and literature analysis
Library catalogues and data bases, search of scientific literature necessary for philological research.
Compiling a list of references. Systematising and analysing the scientific literature. Principles of writing literature overview.

4

3

7

9

Literature analysis includes: 1) choosing a data base, e.g. ERIC, EBSCO, etc., 2) compiling a list of 5-7 literature sources that are important for one’s BA thesis using standard requirements of APA or Chicago bibliographical reference style, 3) writing a short overview of the selected literature sources

5. Planning research
Research outline. The research problem and subject. The aim of the research and research objectives. Research questions.

4

3

7

9

It is required to choose three research articles (those that are in line with the topic of one’s final BA thesis) and analyse: 1) the research problem, 2) the research subject, 3) the aim and objectives, and 4) to assess the conclusions with regard to the research objectives

6. Qualitative philological research
Qualitative research of the language data chosen according to selected parameters, comparative/contrastive analysis of language data of some languages.
Research outline, data collection, qualitative data research analysis and interpretation

4

3

7

9

Small size contrastive research of the data (phonetics/morphological forms/syntactic constructions/lexis/ structural elements of texts, etc.) of some languages – data collection, analysis and interpretation

7. Quantitative philological research
Qualitative research of the language data chosen according to selected parameters, contrastive analysis of language data of some languages.
Research outline, data collection, quantitative data research analysis and interpretation.

4

3

7

9

Small size comparative /contrastive research of the data (phonetics/morphological forms/syntactic constructions/lexis/ structural elements of texts, etc.) of some languages – data collection, analysis and interpretation

Writing a report of research results according to the provided recommendations.

2

2

4

9

Writing a report of research results according to the provided recommendations

9. Course paper and Bachelor thesis requirements.
Structural parts of the paper/thesis, coherence and cohesion of the text.
Technical requirements for Course paper and Bachelor thesis.

2

2

4

9

Analysis of the structure of academic works; individual writing assignments

10. Requirements for Course paper and Bachelor thesis presentation.
Presentations in academic environment: specific requirements, symbiosis of visual and oral information. Requirements for public defence of Bachelor thesis.

2

2

4

9

Analysis of academic presentations, preparation and presentation of research results

Consultation and consolidation seminars before mid-term assessments and examination.

4

4

Examination.

2

2

6

Overall

32

32

2

66

 

96

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Tasks performance in seminars

20

During the course

Performs individual and group tasks: 1. Oral tasks during seminars based on scientific literature and research cases (provides personal insights, formulates problems and questions, provides critical remarks and reasonable comments). 2. The task of literature analysis (the student is able to find and select relevant scientific literature sources and to compose a reference list). 3. The task of data selection (the student is able to collect/retrieve data necessary for his/her research, and choose an appropriate sample size). 4. The task of data analysis (on the basis of provided study materials, the student is able to analyse the collected data and interpret the results of analysis). 5. Academic text writing assignments (the student is able to use Academic English in writing assignments). 6. Academic oral presentations (the student is able to develop and present an oral presentation in Academic English discourse according to the academic presentation requirements). System of assessment: 10-point system.

Research work (planning and conducting a minimal scale research in line with thematic of study field)

30

At the end of the course

Content of the task: definition of the relevance of the topic, the subject of research, formulation of the research problem, the aim and objectives, description of data collection principles, identification and description of research methods, identification and definition of core research concepts. Conducting small sample size research and evaluation of its results. The task is to be completed in appropriate Academic English discourse. Assessment criteria: 1. The content of research work includes the elements defined in the task. Research work is consistent; its elements are logically bound. Research subject, aim, and objectives are formulated correctly. Data selection principles and their research methods are identified correctly, described and based on methodology literature. Research concepts related to the topic are clearly defined; the definitions are based on scientific literature. The conducted data analysis demonstrates the student’s abilities to collect, analyse, and interpret data. 2. The research work is written in appropriate Academic English. Referencing of literature sources is correct and in line with the required referencing style. System of assessment: 10-point system.

Examination

50

At the end of the course

Written examination. Open-ended and closed-ended questions (different levels of difficulty from understanding to application). The weight of each question in the final grade is defined on the basis of its difficulty level. The final grade is calculated on the basis of the sum of the weights of correct answers. Assessment criteria: 1. The student is able to define the core principles of scientific research, identify the stages of research process; describe the core characteristics of and identify the main differences between quantitative and qualitative research; define the core characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of different data collection methods; distinguish between the conditions and instruments required for the application of a research method; define the core principles of research ethics and describe their essence. 2. The answers are written in appropriate Academic English.