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Academic Writing Skills I

level of course unit


Learning outcomes of course unit

Students will
know what scientific work is
know how to formulate a hypothesis
be able to present arguments logically to draw conclusions
be able to apply various research techniques in the composition of written work
understand the ethical principles of writing and research.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not specified

course contents

The first part of this course will deal with the question of what scientific work is, with particular consideration of the composition of a master's thesis. The various writing stages and the necessary skills will be explained. A particularly important part of the course deals with the question of how to generate ideas in order to formulate a hypothesis. Furthermore, the differences between methodology and methods will be explained and a short overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be provided. The ethical principles in the composition of a master's thesis will also be discussed.

recommended or required reading

Alvesson, M., & Sandberg, J. (2013). Constructing research questions. London: Sage Publ.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). APA.
Cottrell, S. (2005). Critical thinking skills. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Perrin, R. (2012). Pocket Guide to APA style. Boston: Wadsworth Learning.
Swales, J., & Feak, C. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press.
White, B. (2003). Dissertation Skills for business and management students. London: Cassell.

assessment methods and criteria

Written exam and/or scientific paper and/or presentation

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and task discussion

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Asc. Prof.(FH) Foy Terence , B.A., M.A.

year of study

1st year

recommended optional program components

not specified

course unit code


type of course unit


mode of delivery

In-class course

work placement(s)

not applicable