Syllabus for From Project to Paper: Writing about Linguistic Research

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  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN445
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: English A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-02-03
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-03-03
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits. 90 credits in a language subject.

  • Responsible department: Department of English

Decisions and guidelines

The course is included in the Master's programme in English.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will be able to

  • show awareness of the significance of the writing process in research
  • show ability to write academic text in correct and idiomatic English
  • show a good knowledge of formal aspects of academic writing
  • present research findings in a clear and structured manner.


The aim of this course is to develop students' awareness of the writing process and of the ways language is used in academic writing in English. Emphasis is placed on using correct, clear and genre-appropriate English, citing sources correctly, and understanding the typical patterns found in academic writing. Students are asked to write summaries and analyses of academic works, give peer feedback, and compose a final paper that synthesizes the course material and demonstrates the skills acquired.


Group sessions. Instruction, class discussions, and examinations are in English. All teaching materials are in English. Active participation in course seminars is obligatory.


Students are examined in the form of written assignments during the course and a final paper, as well as class participation. Grades are fail, pass, or pass with distinction. If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Students who fail a regular examination will be offered a make-up examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail an examination twice have the right to apply to the head of the department for permission to change examiners.

Transitional provisions

Please contact the student counsellor for transitional regulations in connection with changes in the curriculum.

Other directives

If the curriculum or the course literature for a course is changed, students have the right to be examined on the original curriculum and course literature on three occasions during the following three semesters. After these three opportunities, the right normally expires.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Swales, John M.; Feak, Christine B. Academic writing for graduate students : essential tasks and skills

    3., [rev. and expanded] ed.: Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2012

    Find in the library