The UOC offers its students, researchers and faculty opportunities to do research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses in English. The aim is to foster research in the fields of science, academia and business.

Academic Writing is a course offering strategies for planning, producing and publishing academic articles in indexed journals. The goal is to learn how to the share the results from research in different academic journals coherently and effectively, thus achieving the greatest possible impact and dissemination among a wide audience.

Date: 16 September 2020

Certificate: Academic Writing

Language: English

The course is taught in English, but the articles students work on may be in Catalan or Spanish. It is not a course on English grammar and spelling.  It is basically focused on the structure and the register of texts as well as aspects relating to task organization and peer review. An essential requirement for this course is that each student must have their own project entailing production of an academic article; over the semester they will write the article and they will publish it at the end of the course. 

If you are studying a doctoral degree and have been awarded a competitive grant, this course can count as part of the training component. If you are a researcher, this course may be compatible with some of the funding available from researcher training programmes.

Our research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses can be recognized as optional course credits for bachelor's degree courses.

Objectives

The aim of this course is to guide participants through the process of publishing an academic paper (in English, Catalan or Spanish) in an indexed journal. From this general objective, there stem two specific objectives:

  • Acquire a general view of the process of publishing an article in an indexed journal. 
  • Submit an article to an indexed journal at the end of the consultation period.
Competencies

By the end of the course, students should have developed the following competencies. 


Interdisciplinary competencies:

  • Analyse, evaluate and synthesize information.
  • Develop autonomous learning skills.
  • Apply ICTs in academic and professional contexts.
  • Work in multidisciplinary teams.


Specific competencies:

  • Structure content according to the conventions of academic publishing in the social sciences.
  • Develop writing skills, in the participant's first language and in English.
  • Make use of best practices for planning, organizing and publishing a research article. 
  • Identify the appropriate academic journals for each publication.
  • Negotiate journal assessment.
Methodology

The course is organized around assisting students to write a real article for publication. All students must begin the course with a clear idea of what they wish to write about together with the data and necessary documentation. In the virtual classrooms students mostly participate in discussions and do peer evaluations on the different stages of writing. By the last weeks of the course, they receive feedback for their drafts from the instructor.

The articles to write can be in the Catalan, Spanish or English languages. Classroom interaction is conducted in English and it is recommended that students possess a comfortable B2 level in English to be able to participate in the class.

Content

The syllabus is structured as one single course, which is taught over just one semester. It is worth 4 ECTS credits. Interactions in the classroom are principally in English.


Index of contents

1. What is the research? Identifying the topic-question-problem.

2. I have data, now what? Types of data, analysis software and coding.

3. Choosing a journal.

4. Drafting the article.

4.1. Expressing agreement and disagreement.
4.2. Strategies for getting writing done.
4.3. Guidelines on length, style and basic structure.
4.4. The writing process: methodology, results, literature review, introduction, conclusion and abstract.
4.5. Using corpus linguistics to improve your writing.

5. Revising the article.

5.1. Advice on using sources and avoiding plagiarism.
5.2. Journal correspondence.

Teaching staff

Director of the Doctoral School

David Masip Rodó

PhD in computer engineering from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Director of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya's Doctoral School and professor in its Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications. He also runs the SUNAI research group and is a member of the BCN Perceptual Computing Lab. Expert in computer vision, artificial intelligence and image processing, which are the areas his research focuses on. 

 

Director of the programme

Joan Pujolar

Degrees in Catalan philology and in Anglo-Germanic philology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; an MA in language studies and a PhD from the University of Lancaster. He is a professor in the UOC's Faculty of Arts and Humanities and director of the Doctoral School's Humanities and Communication programme. He is also a member of the research group on 'Language, culture and identity in the global era'.  His research focuses on how language use is mobilized in the construction of identities and its implications for access to symbolic and economic resources. 

 

Course instructor

Susan Frekko

Fees and enrolment

Methods of payment

You can pay for Research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses with a credit or debit card.

  1. VPoS: payment using a credit or debit card via the VPoS (virtual point of sale) provided by «la Caixa».

Enrolment withdrawal

Price

Concept Price
Price of this course 466,00 €

Next period for enrolment: September 2020

Research courses starting in February

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