Module Title:   Academic Reading and Writing

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG0306L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 3

Module Type:   Linked 10+10

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Engineering

Principal Co-ordinator:   T D Green

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

Aims:
This module will develop your reading and writing skills to the required standard (B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) to enable you to cope with university study. It will provide you with the reading skills to understand a variety of academic and other texts, and to deal with a multiplicity of tasks from multiple-choice to comprehension of charts. It will also provide you with relevant writing skills, such as essay-writing and report-writing.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
You will develop your reading skills through seminars and task-based work involving authentic academic and journalistic texts. Assessment will be by a reading comprehension examination mid-course and another at the end of the course. (LOs 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b).
Your writing skills will be developed through task-based exercises including writing essays, analysing and answering a variety of examination questions, summarising texts, organising ideas. Feedback on writing tasks will be given throughout the module. Assessment will be by a closed-book writing examination mid-course and another at the end of the course (LOs 1c, 1d, 2d, 2e, 2f, 2g, 3c, 3d, 3e).
You will be expected to consolidate your learning by guided independent study.

Lectures:   0.00          Directed Study:   148.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   48.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   4.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

a) develop effective reading strategies;
B) read and understand university-level texts;
C) develop effective note-taking skills;
D) understand and employ the skills required for written assessment at University level.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

a) understand specialised articles within and outside your field, at times using a dictionary to confirm terminology;
B) read a wide variety of texts in different ways, according to your purpose in reading and the type of text;
C) quickly identify the content, viewpoint and relevance of articles and reports on a wide range of professional topics.
D) write an essay or report passing on information and presenting arguments;
E) evaluate, in writing, different ideas and solutions to a problem;
F) synthesise in a written format information and arguments from a number of sources;
G) construct

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

a) read a range of academic and other texts;
B) identify main points and arguments in written texts;
C) communicate effectively through written essays and reports;
D) structure and organise your ideas and arguments;
E) cope with written university assignments.

  Classroom test 1.00 25%
 
  Formal timed examination - Reading comprehension
  Classroom test 1.00 25%
 
  Formal timed examination - Reading comprehension
  Classroom test 1.00 25%
 
  Formal timed examination - Closed book writing examination
  Classroom test 1.00 25%
 
  Formal timed examination - Closed book writing examination
  Examination - closed book 2.00 50%
 
  Supplementary - closed book reading examination
  Examination - closed book 2.00 50%
 
  Supplementary - closed book writing examination

Outline Syllabus:
Reading Strategies
Text Organisation
Understanding the Overall Meaning
Using a Dictionary Effectively
Understanding a Detailed Academic Argument
Reading Statistical Content
Text Mapping and Note-Taking
Reading Academic Texts
Reading for Assignments
Key Elements in Reading Comprehension
Note-Taking and Academic Writing
Paraphrasing and Summarising Skills
Referencing and Bibliographies
Planning Complex Texts
Discussing Advantages/Disadvantages and Making Recommendations
Expressing Agreement/Disagreement
Understanding the Question
Writing Introductions and Conclusions
Error Analysis
Editing and Drafting
Proofreading

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