Study Guide 2015-2016

KIE-34106 Academic Writing in English, 3 cr

Additional information

When a course is over-subscribed, i.e. there are more sign-ups than places on the course, then we enrol the required number of students according to the sign-up time. The course is only intended for degree students

Person responsible

Heidi Jauni, Sari Isokääntä


Implementation 1: KIE-34106 2015-04

Study type P1 P2 P3 P4 Summer
 2 h/week





Lecture times and places: Friday 9 - 12 K2108

Implementation 2: KIE-34106 2015-05

Study type P1 P2 P3 P4 Summer

 2 h/week




Lecture times and places: Wednesday 9 - 12 K2120 , Thursday 10 - 11

Implementation 3: KIE-34106 2015-06

Study type P1 P2 P3 P4 Summer


 2 h/week
+2 h/week


Lecture times and places: Wednesday 9 - 12 K2117A

Implementation 4: KIE-34106 2015-07

Study type P1 P2 P3 P4 Summer
Online work


 4 h/week
+4 h/week


Study type Hours Time span Implementations Lecture times and places
Online work
6 + 6 h/week
4 + 4 h/week
14.09.2015 - 17.12.2015
14.09.2015 - 17.12.2015
KIE-34106 2015-03  


Active participation, successful completion of course assignments and a short end-of-course exam.
Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, a student should be able write an academic paper, including an abstract, introduction, and conclusion, which reflects an understanding of sentence and paragraph design, appropriate style, principles of readability, and principles of citation.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. Upon completion of the course, the student can: -write in stages: outlining, drafting, analyzing feedback, revising, and polishing  Upon completion of the course, a more advanced student can also: -make use of language resources such as dictionaries, thesauri, phrase banks and language corpora to edit his/her manuscript  Upon completion of this course, a very advanced student can also -write clear multi-word noun phrases to explain technical concepts 
2. -paraphrase and summarize source material without plagiarizing from the original  -refer to figures or other visual data in your text  -use formatting and linguistic conventions for citation in his/her particular discipline, e.g. author-date or numerical citation, reporting verbs, punctuation of citations 
3. -use some form of consistent citation  -design a table of contents   
4. -identify informal language and make vocabulary choices suitable for an academic audience  -employ synonyms to enrich your writing style and avoid redundancy   
5. -identify and exploit key parts of a sentence that effect its readability in English, particularly the placement and content of the subject and verb  -use specialized punctuation such as colons, semi-colons, em-dashes, and hyphens   
6. -understand how information is linked between sentences in order to maintain a predictable flow of information, employing some linking strategies in his/her own text  -write persuasively, using both hedges and boosters to moderate the strength of claims   
7. -write paragraphs with predictable flow, e.g. general-specific, and clear topical focus  -understand the difference between generic and specific article usage in order to proofread one’s own text for article mistakes   
8. -organize a whole text into a predictable pattern according to its audience and purpose, e.g. literature review or research paper  -use parallel structures when forming lists   
9. -write an introduction which explains the significance and purpose of the text  -vary sentence type and complexity   
10. -write an abstract that concisely describes important parts of a text  -avoid unnecessary nominalization and use of jargon which makes a text harder to understand   
11. -write an abstract that concisely describes important parts of a text     
12. -write a conclusion that underlines the key points or findings of the text     
13. -has a basic understanding of the purpose of punctuation as well as some strategies for using commas     

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

The assessment is based on: -active participation completion of weekly course assignment/ online tasks, -drafting, revision and polishing of a text, the final version of which is graded, -a short final exam, covering the core content described above.

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (1-5) will be used on the course

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
KIE-32006 Spoken Communication in English Mandatory   1
KIE-32016 Spoken Communication in English/TTI Mandatory   1
KIE-32026 Spoken communication in English/TUTA & TIJO Mandatory   1
KIE-32036 Spoken communication in English/BIO Mandatory   1
KIE-32046 Spoken communication in English /RAK Mandatory   1
KIE-32056 Spoken communication in English/LTT Mandatory   1
KIE-32066 Spoken communication in English/TST Mandatory   1
KIE-32106 English for Architects Mandatory   1
KIE-32706 English Language Exam / architecture Mandatory   1
KIE-32906 English Language Exam / spoken Mandatory   1

1 . Completion of the spoken communication in English course required in your faculty.

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
KIE-34106 Academic Writing in English, 3 cr KIE-3377 Scientific Writing in English, 3 cr  
KIE-34106 Academic Writing in English, 3 cr KIE-3376 Technical Writing in English, 3 cr  

Last modified 19.11.2015