SOW-DGCN11
Academic Writing
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-DGCN11
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Cognitive Neuroscience;
Lecturer(s)
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Lecturer
prof. dr. J.M. McQueen
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Lecturer
prof. dr. R.G.J. Meulenbroek
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Lecturer
dr. L. Verhagen
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Examiner
dr. L. Verhagen
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Coordinator
dr. L. Verhagen
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Academic year2023
Period
SEM2  (29/01/2024 to 12/07/2024)
Starting block
SEM2
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims

Students will be introduced to the art of academic writing. They will be introduced to the differences between and the challenges of writing different kinds of documents, including: shorter and longer research articles, grant proposals, CVs, reviews, and letters to the editor. At the end of the course students will (1) have learned how to write better academic English and (2) have learned to evaluate their own writing and that of others. 

Content
This course consists of a plenary and a student-specific part. The plenary part consists of lectures with short writing assignments. It will cover guidelines on how to prepare, structure and write scientific articles. In addition, advice will be given on how to write reviews, letters of motivation, and grant/project proposals. The student-specific part of the course will consist of individual feedback on a writing sample: usually part of the student’s MSc thesis (but note that the thesis supervisor is responsible for the scientific content of the thesis; this course is concerned with writing skills only, and the final thesis will be evaluated separately). Writing samples will be reviewed by the other students following the course and by one of the teachers. Students will revise their sample on the basis of these reviews. They will then send in the rewritten sample with a “letter to the editor” explaining how they have dealt with the issues raised by their reviewers and then receive written feedback from the lecturers on all components of their assignments. The course will be graded as pass/fail. Note that this course is for second-year master students.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Assumed previous knowledge
This course is for CNS students only. Non-CNS students can contact Ellen Janssen (e.janssen@donders.ru.nl) or Arno Koning ( a.koning@donders.ru.nl)

Recommended materials
Websites
Publication manual of the American Psychological Ass. Washington: APA, 2010 (http://www.apastyle.org/). The science of scientific writing, American Scientist Online. http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/feature/the-science-of-scientific-writing

Instructional modes
Assignments
Attendance MandatoryYes

Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

General
Lectures with assignments, writing part of the MSc thesis (or equivalent text), reviewing other such writing samples, revising the samples, writing a letter to the editor.

Other/Unknown
Attendance MandatoryYes

Presentation
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
writing assignments
Test weight1
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock HER, Block SEM2

Remark
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