Singapore University of Social Sciences

Fundamentals of Academic Writing (基础学术写作)

Fundamentals of Academic Writing (基础学术写作) (CHS101)

Applications Open: 01 October 2023

Applications Close: 15 November 2023

Next Available Intake: January 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


CHS101 distinguishes academic writing from other styles of Chinese writing, introducing the fundamental concepts of academic writing that all students and scholars use: reading closely to analyse texts and question sources; reasoning with evidence; organizing persuasive and well- structured arguments, and communicating ideas in clear and effective prose. Students will write short exercises, then drafts of essays, and then full revisions of those essays. Through this process, they will explore specific writing issues and challenges common to college writing assignments. This course aims to lay a good foundation for students to write quality academic papers in Chinese Studies.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Writing process
  • Literature review - finding suitable sources
  • Managing sources
  • Essay structure, paragraph structure, sentence structure
  • Stylistics (vocabulary, conciseness)
  • Grammar and mechanics of writing
  • Paraphrase, summary, direct quotation
  • Introduction and discussion/conclusion
  • Writing about methodology and results
  • Abstract and title
  • Citation and referencing
  • Plagiarism and academic integrity

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the common purpose of academic writing
  • Identify the significance, value and characteristics of academic writing in the humanities and social sciences
  • Demonstrate academic writing knowledge and skills
  • Employ the various stages of the writing process
  • Illustrate knowledge of basic essay structure, including introduction, body and conclusion
  • Show ability to write for an academic audience
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