VIA604 Scientific Writing

Code VIA604
Name Scientific Writing
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Post-graduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Languages
Faculty
Academic staff Larisa Iļinska, Oksana Ivanova, Irina Liokumoviča, Anastasija Žiravecka
Credit points 2.0 (3.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation Students study the characteristics of scientific and popular scientific style, basic scientific writing composition and development principles; acquire strategies for selecting relevant reference literature, glossaries and encyclopaedias; develop strategies for stating a hypothesis, the aims and tasks of a work, and making conclusions. Productive and reproductive, problem-solving and illustrative methods of teaching. Independent, pair and group work at practical classes solving problems stated by an instructor, making conclusions, checking and assessing the achieved results..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The aim of the course: to study characteristic features of scientific style: syntactic, morphological, terminological; to study the forms of scientific expression: referencing, writing annotations, quoting, cross-referencing; to develop the skills of organising academic texts: introduction, theoretical part, practical part, conclusion, theses, bibliography and appendices. Objectives of the course are: 1. to develop strategies for selecting a topic for scientific research that corresponds to individual interests and competences; 2. to develop strategies for stating a hypothesis, the aims and tasks of a scientific research; 3. to acquire strategies for selecting relevant reference liter
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to select a theme for scientific work, put forward a scientific research hypothesis, and set aims and tasks of the work. - Students study features of popular scientific and scientific style, writing theses and references, annotations and reports, as well as presenting contents and structure of the master paper. Works are evaluated as tested/not tested, exam – mark according to 10 grade scale.
Students are able to use relevant literature, including scientific literature, periodicals, internet data bases, etc. - Students regularly demonstrate acquired skills selecting and using relevant scientific and reference literature, as well as in application of scientific research methodology. Assessment: discussions, seminars, exam.
Students are able to recognize the basic principles of content organization. - Students analyze scientific texts, changing functional style in accordance with the principles of scientific style. Works are assessed at seminars: tested/not tested, exam – mark according to 10 grade scale.
Students are able to develop and deliver a report on research results at a scientific conference; after the conference, to submit the paper for publishing. - Student develop a research paper for publishing. Evaluation: mark according to 10 grade scale.
Students are able to recognize terminological, morphological, stylistic and other features of scientific style of the master paper. - Students develop a draft of the master paper in accordance with aims and tasks, and content organization principles of the MP, taking into account quotation and illustration methods. Assessment: exam – draft of the MP. Evaluation: mark according to 10 grade scale.
Course prerequisites English language skills at the level B2 according to CEFR

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