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Deconstructing Research Articles: How to Read and Write a Research Paper

Hone your research skills and critical thinking by learning how to structure, write, and analyse a research article.

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Deconstructing Research Articles: How to Read and Write a Research Paper

384 enrolled on this course

  • 8 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Open level

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Expand your toolkit of academic skills with National Tsing Hua University

Rigorous research is useless unless it can be clearly communicated and successfully interpreted. That makes academic literacy a vital skill for researchers working in any discipline.

On this eight-week course from National Tsing Hua University, you’ll hone your writing, reading, and critical thinking capacities. You’ll learn how to construct and deconstruct an academic article so that the findings of your research reach as many people as possible.

Learn how research articles are structured and organised

Although different disciplines have different conventions for research articles, all share the same core structure and sections. Being familiar with this common structure will make both reading and writing research articles easier.

This generalist course will draw on examples of articles from a wide variety of areas and disciplines. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how researchers present their data and organise ideas within an article.

Practise writing fluently, descriptively, and analytically

Once you’ve understood the structure and sections of an academic article, you’ll begin training yourself to write your own.

You’ll develop strategies for maintaining flow in academic writing, presenting and commenting on data, and telling a compelling story through research.

Get practical guidance and feedback for your own research articles

Throughout the eight weeks of this course, you’ll get feedback from other peers and practical guidance to help hone your own writing and research.

Covering introductions, literature reviews, methodology sections, and article abstracts, the course will walk you step-by-step through the article writing process.

You’ll finish the course with a toolbox of writing tips and a deeper critical understanding of academic research as a whole.


  • Week 1

    Research and research writing

    • Welcome to the Course

      You will understand general research process and the role of reading/writing research articles (e.g., why do we all have to read/write research aritcles).

    • Features of research writing

      You can name and identify typical features of research articles.

    • Considerations in research writing & Effective research writing

      You can describe the purpose and intended audiencde of research articles.

    • [Instruction] on self-selected articles in your field

      You can identify features and describe strucutres of reseach articles.

  • Week 2

    Structure and organization

    • IMRD structure

      You can describe and recognize the typical structure of research articles.

    • General to specific pattern

      You can identify G-S pattern in text.

    • Problem – solution text

      You can identify P-S text and explain its rationale.

    • IMRD and its variations

      You can describe IMRD structure and justifiy it variations.

  • Week 3

    FLOW: Let’s read for writing

    • Old-to-new information flow

      You can explain the flow of writing, folloing G-S pattern.

    • How to maintain the flow

      You can identify the 3 strategies for maintaining flow and apply them in writing.

  • Week 4

    Data and Materials in writing

    • 7 Moves in Methods

      You can recognize the typical language used in Method sections, including tense, voice, and common moves.

    • Common phrases in Methods section

      You can identify common phrases in Methods section in your field.

    • Condensed and extended styles

      You can explain the two approaches in Methods section and evaluation the examples in your field.

    • Data & Results

      You can distinguish results from raw data.

  • Week 5

    Data commentary

    • Elements of data commentary

      You can explain the role of data/evidences in science and understand how they are reported in text.

    • Each Elements illustrated

      You can identify and distinguish the three basic components in data commentary.

  • Week 6

    Introduction and Discussion: From descriptive to analytical writing

    • Introduction and discussion

      You can recognize different approaches to opening a research paper.

    • Moves in Discussion

      You can identify moves in Discussion and evaluate its prevelence in your field.

    • Tense in literature

      You can distinguish tense use for referneces and explain the choice.

    • CARS model

      You can identify basic moves in CARS model and apply the model in writing.

  • Week 7

    CARS Model : Tell a good story in research writing

    • CARS model

      You can evaluate CARS model examples and examine the flow.

    • CARS examples

      You can evaluate CARS model examples and the move in various fields.

  • Week 8

    Abstract: The last ingredient

    • Some basics

      You can explain the role of abstracts in research articles.

    • Abstract

      You can distinguish two approaches to abstract and justify your choice of approach in your field.

    • Recap and Warm-up

      You can develop an awareness of language use, moves, structure, and flow by reading research articles.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify communicative moves in research articles.
  • Evaluate the word choice in research articles.
  • Reflect on the audience and purposes of research articles.
  • Apply genre knowledge to read and write research articles

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone required to read or write academic articles for their studies or work.

It will be particularly suitable for graduate students and early career researchers.

Who will you learn with?

Passionate & curious.

Instructional designer, Lecturer, Teacher trainer, HEA fellow.

A Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering with a focus on human-centered behavior signal processing and affective computing.


Who developed the course?

National Tsing Hua University (NTHU)

National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan consistently ranks as one of the premier universities in East Asia.

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