Academic Research Writing for International Students
September 9-October 11
To be eligible for this course, you must be a graduate student of Georgia Tech. This course may be especially helpful for PhD students who are in the beginning stages of working on their proposals and/or dissertations as it provides an overview of the overall structures and strategies of the academic research writing process.
PhD students who are already well into writing their dissertations may also benefit, particularly if they have found that there are some gaps in their fundamental understanding of how to meet the expectations of their readers. However, PhD students who are already well into their writing and have an advanced understanding of the research writing process would be better served by taking CETL 8723 Academic Writing for International Graduate Students in the spring, summer or fall semesters. You may register for CETL 8723 through www.oscar.gatech.edu.
In this course, you will learn how to notice the ways in which experienced writers accomplish academic writing in a variety of different fields. You will learn how to see academic research articles from a writer’s point of view rather than only seeing them as texts that you read to acquire content knowledge. You will develop an understanding of the three structural levels through which the content of an academic research article is delivered, and you will learn how to decipher the organizational patterns followed at each structural level.
This course seeks to improve your writing by focusing on three interrelated primary goals:
- helping you develop autonomy (i.e., the ability to be self-directed) in your approach to learning about writing;
- providing you with a fundamental understanding of the basic principles of academic research writing;
- demonstrating how you can apply a specific strategic approach to published writing to improve your own writing.
Course Delivery & Structure
- CANVAS Platform of Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE)
- No scheduled meeting times. Complete the modules & assessments whenever you wish within the designated start and end dates of the course.
- Introductory Activities + 4 Modules
- 3-6 brief video lessons per module
- Most video lessons include electronically scored self-assessments.
- Estimated time for completing each module (lessons and assessments) 2-4 hours depending on the individual
- Electronically scored Comprehensive Assessment at the end of the course
- Open access to lessons and assessments until the course closes on November 6
- Repeat lessons and assessments including the Comprehensive Assessment as many times as you wish until the course closes
You will receive a grade of “P” (Pass) or “S” (Satisfactory) or “UE” (Unsatisfactory) based on your participation and scores on assessments in this course.
- If you complete all assessments including the comprehensive final exam and have an average of at least 75%, you will receive a grade of “P.” You will receive 2.5 continuing education credits (CEUs) and an official certificate of completion for the course from the Language Institute.
- If you complete 75% of the assessments and have an average of at least 75% on those assessments, you will receive a grade of “S.” You will receive 2.5 continuing education credits (CEUs), but you will not receive an official certificate of completion.
- If you complete less than 75% of the assessments and/or you have an average of less than 75%, you will receive a grade of “UE.” You will not receive any CEUs.
Cost and Registration
- The course will open on September 9. Participants will receive an e-mail on September 9 explaining how to get started in the course.