IF0NUP-English for Academic Purposes Project

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:F
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Ms Margaret Collins

Email: m.collins@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module requires students to write an extended assignment (approx. 1,000 to 1,200 words) drawing on multiple sources. This will EITHER be a project on a given academic topic with sources texts and title provided, OR a subject-specific topic with both source texts and title provided by individual departments. 



The project simulates the kind of assignment students will be required to do on their degree programme and asks them to use research and study skills, and academic language that they will have been introduced to in modules 1 and 2.


Aims:

To enable students to complete an extended written academic assignment by developing their ability to:




  • plan their response to an academic task, and revise their plan in the light of subsequent reading

  • select relevant information from multiple sources

  • evaluate additional sources, using appropriate criteria

  • incorporate relevant information in their writing in an appropriately academic way, avoiding plagiarism

  • proof-read and evaluate their own first draft and make appropriate changes

  • present their written work in a format and lay-out appropriate for an academic assignment, and follow the conventions for citing sources and writing a bibliography

  • use academic language appropriately and effectively


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that students will be able to:




  • develop a detailed and relevant response to an essay question and express this clearly in a well-organised manner

  • demonstrate effective use of sources by identifying relevant information and incorporating this into their own writing in an appropriate academic manner (e.g. through paraphrasing and referencing)

  • express their response using appropriate and accurate academic language


Additional outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that students will be able to:




  • discuss their ideas and progress, both informally with peers and in formal one-to-one tutorials

  • respond to oral and written feedback from both tutors and peers, when revising and refining their work

  • manage their time effectively and work independently to complete a complex and extended project


Outline content:

Use of sources, including selective reading, summarising, paraphrasing, synthesising, referencing systems, writing a bibliography, evaluating sources.



Planning, including brainstorming and organising ideas to form a coherent plan (in groups and/or individually), discussing and presenting plans, revising plans in the light of new information and feedback.



Writing, including drafting and redrafting, peer evaluation, interpreting and prioritising feedback.



There will also be ad hoc language work as required by the demands of the project, and in response to the language needs and problems of individual students.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module will fall into two parts. In the first part, the teacher will work with the students in class to develop and practise the target micro skills in the context of a small-scale, lock-step project, which will not be assessed summatively and will not lead to a full written product.



In the second part of the course, students will work more independently on an assessed project. There will be greater emphasis on tutorials, rather timetabled classes, with the tutorials providing ongoing, individualised feedback on planning and drafts. Students will be expected to engage actively with the tutorial process, by preparing for the tutorial, engaging orally and fully with the teacher (as supervisor) in discussing the student’s work (i.e. plans and drafts) and in responding to feedback and suggestions from the teacher, as well as reflecting and drawing on the discussion to refine or amend their written work.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 48
Tutorials 4
Guided independent study 148
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module requires students to write an extended assignment (approx. 1,000 to 1,200 words) drawing on multiple sources. This will EITHER be a project on a given academic topic with sources texts and title provided, OR a subject-specific topic with both source texts and title provided by individual departments. 


Formative assessment methods:

Individual feedback will be given on plans and drafts.


Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    40%


    Reassessment arrangements:

    Students who fail to pass the module at first attempt will be given 1 attempt to re-sit the assessment during the summer re-sit period.


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 August 2018

    THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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