The course is optional and it is a part of the general competence studies module. The Doctoral School in Natural Sciences is responsible for the course.
Students of doctoral programmes of the Doctoral School in Natural Sciences are given priority when selecting participants for the course. Students from other doctoral schools can be accepted if there is space.
Advanced level of English
After completing the course the students will:
- Master the key characteristics and practices in scientific texts, especially in journal articles and doctoral dissertations
- Be able to select the appropriate structure and style for their texts
- Be able to communicate fluently and clearly
- Be able to edit their text at the different stages of the process
- Master the key grammar and orthography, and know the sources to consult
- Be able to present arguments and make references, and be familiar with the various systems of referencing
- Be able to give and receive feedback, including peer feedback (collaborative editing of one’s own and a fellow student’s text), feedback from the teacher and feedback from journal editors, and know how to respond to it.
The course is recommended to be completed at the beginning of post-graduate studies so that it would best support the dissertation work.
The course is organized in the spring and fall semesters.
- Style issues, clarity and formality issues
- Writing mechanics (punctuation, handling numerals, etc.)
- Structure, end focus, word choice, tense choice, voice choice (active–passive), connectives
- Avoiding wordiness and ambiguity
- Information issues, article structure
- The submission/publication process.
Lectures combined with readings, and exercises completed outside class and then discussed during class meetings.
PASS/FAIL, 80% attendance and assignment completion required
24 contact lessons with six face-to-face meetings plus 30 hours of independent/group work between the meetings. Maximum 16 students.