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LUBS5951M Academic Writing for PhD Students in Accounting & Finance

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Kevin Keasey

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

While each session will be led by formal content, each student is expected to bring examples of the relevant element and be willing to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the examples. While students will work in teams, each student is expected to produce their own element as part of the final assessment. Essentially, students will be working towards completion of the final assessment from the beginning of the module.


To introduce students to all the key aspects of writing an academic paper. The module is reflective and by its end students should be able to produce a good first draft of an academic paper.

Learning outcomes
Students will be able understand the key elements of an academic paper and be able to craft a at least part of a draft academic paper by the end module. They will also have the skills to critically evaluate the form and style of an academic paper in the discipline.


1) How to Succeed as an Academic – research topics, journals and the UK REF.
2) A General Overview of an A&F paper and some general rules of academic writing.
3) The Secrets of Writing a Title for an Academic Paper.
4) Academic Paper Abstracts
5) Introductions
6) Literature Reviews
7) Data and Methodology
8) Results and Discussion
9) Conclusions
10) References and Proof Reading
11) Presentation Styles and Discussion of Draft Assessments

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

The lectures are intended to provide students with essential information, to help them to structure that information and to be a source of explanation for their own further research in preparation for coursework assignment and ultimately for their research project.

Students will be given a variety of tasks and reading to complete via independent learning. Sometimes the private study/independent learning will feed into a formal session, at other times they will follow on from a formal session.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have opportunities to discuss issues and are encouraged to ask staff questions in the lecture sessions.

Student progress will be monitored by lecture activities and individual interactions with each other and the tutor throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report3,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit will be 100% by coursework

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/04/2018


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