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PRES0052 Academic Writing 39 Weeks

Module Overview

Please refer to the Year Round Pre-sessional Programme Specification for further details of the programme. This module is non-credit bearing. It forms part of the Year Round Pre-sessional Programme in which you also study Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Academic Speaking and Independent Learning (IL). In IL you will further develop critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at the University. The Academic Writing module focuses on non-subject specific academic English as well as general English language development.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The Year Round Pre-sessional Programme Academic Writing module is part of an integrated programme designed to allow you to learn and practise the academic writing skills you will need to succeed in your future university study. Throughout the module, you will be strongly encouraged to develop your independent writing skills so that you are prepared for the challenges of the written assignments you will be expected to undertake in your future course of study.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use writing strategies appropriate for your purposes
  • Plan and structure your writing effectively
  • Paraphrase, summarise, synthesise, use quotations and reference correctly from sources
  • Use academic language appropriately and effectively in written work
  • Produce essays with appropriate content
  • Write in other genres e.g. formal emails to tutors


The writing syllabus covers five key areas: developing a clear and cohesive essay structure; using outside sources effectively in essays; producing essays with appropriate content; using academic language appropriately and developing grammatical accuracy and range. You will also focus on general English language which you can use outside of the classroom.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: full class teaching; lectures; workshops; individual, pair and group work in class; set tasks to be completed outside class; use of authentic reading texts for exploitation; independent learning workshops; and self-directed independent study and tutorials with your tutors.

Independent Study255
Practical classes and workshops170
Total study time425

Resources & Reading list

Gillett, A., Hammond, A. and Martala, M.. Successful Academic Writing (Inside Track Series).. 

McCormack, J. and Slaght, J.. Extended Writing and Research Skills Course Book.. 

Pallant, A.. English for Academic Study: Writing Course Book. 

Bailey,S.. Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students.. 

Cottrell, S.. Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. 2nd Edn. 

EAP Toolkit.

Godfrey, J.. How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays 2nd Edn.. 


Williams, K. and Carroll, J.. Referencing & Understanding Plagiarism. 



Written assessment


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (90 minutes) 15%
Exam  (90 minutes) 10%
Research essay  (1400 words) 45%
Written assessment  (700 words) 10%
Written assessment  (1000 words) 20%
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