SSST Subjects

Academic Writing 1

Faculty of Modern Languages


Department of English


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BA English and Applied Studies

Status (core, option, free choice)



FHEQ Level



Unit Value



Semester taught



Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications



Module Code



Module coordinator

Azra Sarić,Anida Hadžić


Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • This highly practical course takes cues from the Modern Usage and Modern Language courses at Buckingham, and represents the initial writing course within this B.A.
  • Programme. It aims to develop the students’ basic Writing skills (beginning with paragraph writing), at the same time enforcing a practical application of grammatical rules acquired through ELANG 121 and ELANG 221 (grammar courses in their first year of study).
  • The course will also provide students with fundamental punctuation and citation skills.
  • The extensive Course Outline (below) is a step-by-step overview of the key topics to be covered to bring non-native to a proficient level of English.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Paragraph format. The process of writing: brainstorming, drafting, writing, revising.
  • Paragraph components. Topic sentence. Supporting sentences. Concluding sentence. 
  • Logical division of paragraphs. Principles of good paragraphs: coherence and cohesion. Transition signals. 
  • Academic vocabulary: academic vocabulary in writing; developing critical thinking; reading comprehension.
  • Plagiarism. Evaluating and citing sources correctly. Paraphrasing.
  • Introductory paragraphs—Ways of introducing an essay.
  • Thesis Statements—Topic. Controlling idea. Common pitfalls.
  • Body paragraphs—Supporting arguments based on the thesis statement. Topic and concluding sentences. 
  • Concluding paragraphs—Summarizing, restating, commenting. 
  • Process and Expository essays—Chronological forms. Transition signals. Applications in practice. 
  • Referencing styles and their use: The Harvard Style of Referencing. Particulars of use. Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing techniques. 

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time
Lectures 30 2 hours 60 hours
Tutorials 15 2 hours 30 hours
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 110
Total Contact Hours 90
Total Engagement Hours 200

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline
Final exam 1 3 hrs 50% End of semester
Paragraph and Essay
1 Take home 30% Mid-semester
Other course
Between 3 to 4 Approximately
1 hr each
20% Organised throughout the

Module Outcomes

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Presentations by the module convenor (ILO: 1-5)
  • Practical exercises, readings and assignments as a follow-up to course presentations, or as part of seminars.(ILO: 1-5)
  • Individual (take-home) assignments. (ILO: 1-5) 
  • Consultations with students. (ILO: 1-5) ILO: 1-5
  • Presentations by the module convenor (PS: 1-5)
  • Practical exercises, readings and assignments as a follow-up to course presentations, or as part of seminars.(PS: 1-5)
  • Individual (take-home) assignments. (PS: 1-5)
  • Consultations with students. (PS: 1-5)
  • Presentations by the module convenor (TS: 1-4)
  • Practical exercises, readings and assignments as a follow-up to course presentations, or as part of seminars.(TS: 1-4)
  • Individual (take-home) assignments. (TS: 1-4) 
  • Consultations with students (TS:1-4)

Assessment Strategy

  • Paragraph and Essay Assignment - 30% (ILO: 1-5)
  • Other course assignments  -  20%(ILO: 1-5)  
  • Final Exam  -    50%(ILO: 1-5)
  • Paragraph and Essay Assignment - 30% (PS: 1-5) 
  • Other course assignments - 20%(PS: 1-5)  
  • Final Exam -   50%(PS: 1-4)
  • Paragraph and Essay Assignment - 30% (TS: 1-4)
  • Other course assignments  - 20% (TS: 1-4)  
  • Final Exam  - 50% (TS: 1-3)

Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Chin, P., Koizumi, Y. et al. (2012). Academic Writing Skills. Volume 1, Singapore, Cambridge University Press.
  • Chin, P., Reid S. et al. (2012). Academic Writing Skills. Volume 2, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Supplementary Materials

  • Folse K, Muchmore-Vokoun A, Solomon Vestri E., (2010). Great Sentencess for Great Paragraphs. Third edition. Boston: Heinle, Cengage.
  • Spack, R., (2007). Guidelines: a cross-cultural reading/writing text. Third edition. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Vince, Michael., (2009). First Certificate: language practice. Fourth edition. Oxford: Macmillan Publishers Limited.
  • Oshima, A. and Hogue, A. (1999). Writing Academic English (3rd edition). New York: Longman.
  • Fowler, H.R. & Aaron, J.E. (2009). The Little, Brown Handbook, (with MyCompLab NEW), 10/E 
  • Honegger, M. (2009). Grammar for Writing (1st ed.). Florence, KY: Thomson Learning.

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.  More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.  The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : 2014

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee:

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