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Exploring Academic Writing

Explore what your tutors are expecting from your writing at university and learn strategies to help you approach any writing task.

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  • Duration

    1 week
  • Weekly study

    7 hours

Improve your writing using strategies from experts and successful students

This online course from Coventry University explores the key features and requirements of academic writing.

You will find out how to check what tutors are expecting of your writing and you’ll develop strategies to help you achieve higher grades.

What topics will you cover?

  • Overview of the requirements of academic writing
  • Recognising the features of academic style
  • Analysis of the key features of essays and reports
  • Idenitifying key vocabulary in coursework briefs
  • Identifying the stages of the writing process

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Investigate the requirements of university writing.
  • Identify the stages of the writing process.
  • Identify key vocabulary in coursework briefs.
  • Identify and apply the features of cohesion.
  • Compare the key features of essays and reports.
  • Investigate the features of academic style.

Who is the course for?

This course is for students on the Coventry University pre-sessional English award. It is relevant for students who will be continuing their studies online and on-campus.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course you will need access to a computer or laptop with a webcam, a reliable internet connection, speakers, and a microphone.

Who will you learn with?

Don Jack is a Course Leader for CU Services at Coventry University, where he works across the pre-sessional and in-sessional programmes.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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