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Presenting research and academic writing



The goal of the course is to improve students’ skills in academic writing. Writing is one of the many skills that are learned best by doing. To this end, students will complete weekly, focused assignments, building up to writing the introduction to a scientific article. They will also give a presentation on this research. In addition, students will critique each other’s work.

Course Objectives

In this course, students will:

  • Complete weekly, focused assignments to develop the skills to produce high-quality, academic writing.

  • Complete the introduction to a scientific paper and give a presentation on the research.

  • Critique other’s students’ work, and provide constructive feedback to peers.


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable

Mode of instruction

Combination of lectures and small group discussion.

Assessment method

Students will receive a final grade based on completion of weekly assignments, critiques, introduction, and presentation. Participation in the course meetings is mandatory.


During this course Brightspace Students can find all information on the course on Brightspace.

Reading List

  • Pyrczak, F. & Bruce, R.R. (2017, 8th ed.) Writing Empirical Research Reports: A basic guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences. London: Routledge.

  • Wallwork, A. (2016) (2nd ed). English for writing research papers. New York: Springer (or Dordrecht: Springer).

  • APA Publication Manual, 7th edition.


It is mandatory to register for each course via uSis. This applies to both the lectures and the working groups, even if they take place online. Without a valid registration in uSis you will not be able to participate in the course and you will not have access to the Brightspace module of the course.

In addition, it is also mandatory to register separately in uSis for each exam (i.e. both the first exam opportunity and, if necessary, the resit) in uSis. This also applies to partial examinations in a course. This is possible up to 10 calendar days prior to the exam. You cannot take the exam without a valid registration in uSis.

NB If the exam concerns a paper or a practical assignment, you do not need to register in uSis.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

NB After you have registered in uSis, check whether your registration for lectures, working groups and the exam are registered there. This prevents disappointment.

Contact information

Course instructors are Prof. Dr. Christine Espin and Dr. Maria Sherwood-Smith.