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ELU0240 Academic English for Postgraduate Studies (AEPS) PGR Semester 2

Module manager: Milada Walkova

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

On this module, you will develop your ability as an academic researcher. You will develop your understanding of and ability to use academic English in both written and spoken communication. You will write a research report synthesising a set of sources and presenting your own original findings. You will present your findings at a student conference.


This module provides students with the opportunity to:

- Demonstrate a good knowledge of the language and skills applicable to academic communication;
- Demonstrate a good understanding of the issues, cultures and concepts involved in UK academic study;

Exhibit clear competence in the use and understanding of academically acceptable forms of English, both spoken and written.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:

1. Be able to demonstrate some awareness of genre; making choices in relation to audience and purpose at whole text level.
2. Be able to demonstrate an awareness of discourse and rhetorical functions at whole text, paragraph and sentence level.
3. Be able to demonstrate an ability to follow academic conventions in writing, such as referencing, citations, including both external sources and their own arguments, meeting word limit requirements with minor errors.
4. Be able to demonstrate a critical approach to their own work and the work of others through use of sources, counter-argument and/ or evaluation.
5. Be able to use written academic language to suit a communicative purpose, including having an adequate lexical resource, an adequate range of appropriate structures and the ability to use these with enough coherence and accuracy to allow clear communication.
6. Be able to demonstrate an ability to follow academic conventions in speaking, such as referencing, synthesising sources and their own argument, meeting task requirements, turn taking and building a collaborative understanding with minor errors.
7. Be able to use and manipulate spoken academic language to suit an academic communicative purpose, including having an adequate lexical resource, an adequate range of appropriate structures and the ability to use these comprehensibly.
8. Be able to work with others on an academic task with few issues.
9. Be able to reflect on their own learning and be developing an awareness of resources and techniques they could employ to continue their own development.
10. Be able to describe, compare, evaluate and apply knowledge of academic conventions within the academic context.
11. Be able to communicate a good awareness of the cultural and ethical issues of academic study.


Week 1: Becoming a researcher.
Week 2: Conducting research.
Weeks 3: Research methods.
Week 4: Research ethics.
Week 5: Open data.
Week 6: Structuring writing.
Week 7: Participating at conferences.
Week 8: Visual communication.
Week 9: Presenting research.
Week 10: Writing for different audiences.
Week 11: Revising and reviewing.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours221.00
Total Contact hours179.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)440.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students receive regular written feedback on formative tasks, which allows them to improve their writing and language skills, and scaffolds the work they do for their final written paper. This ensures that they are supported through every stage of the writing process. As well as regular class activities in groups, students work together to prepare and practise their presentation, which forms part of their summative assessment.

Formative tasks include:

- Seminar (approx. 1 hour).
- Reflective written task (approx. 400 words).
- Abstract (approx. 150 words).
- Biodata (approx. 60 words).
- Draft of project report (approx. 800 – 1,100 words).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportWritten (2,250 words)70.00
Poster PresentationPoster Presentation30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally, further attempts are offered for students who need to progress and who either do not meet the expected level of attainment or reach the required overall level but do not reach the required level on more than one assessment component.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:21:32


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