Singapore University of Social Sciences

Writing for Academic Purposes

Writing for Academic Purposes (GSP160)

Applications Open: 01 April 2022

Applications Close: 15 June 2022

Next Available Intake: July 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $690 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: General Studies

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: Centre for Continuing & Professional Education


Synopsis

This course teaches students to adapt their writing for the academic context, beginning with the basic principles of critical reading and writing skills, such as summarising, paraphrasing, quoting, and synthesising information from various texts. Students will learn to critically evaluate information for use in assignments, select and incorporate information from different sources, and document such information following referencing conventions. This course will also cover the development and defence of thesis statements through effective arguments, and the structuring of academic essays. All of these skills are critical competencies that can be applied to other disciplines and in various assignments.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 2.5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester

Topics

  • What Is Academic Writing and Writing as a Process
  • Reading Critically
  • Working with Multiple Sources
  • Summarising, Paraphrasing & Quoting
  • Synthesising
  • Writing a Persuasive Argumentative Essay
  • Understanding Fallacies

Learning Outcome

  • Cite sources in writing using the proper citation and referencing style
  • Evaluate information criticallly from various sources to respond to a task
  • Synthesise information from various sources in writing in response to a given task
  • Develop a rhetorical structure of an essay
  • Apply persuasive argumentative writing strategies in response to a given task
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