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FASS516 Thesis Writing (First Year Students)
This course is workshop-based, and is aimed at students at the beginning of the thesis writing process. Because of the workshop based / interactive format, places are limited to 25. Places will be allocated in the following order of priority: FASS students; students who need to take the module this year; order of date of receipt of application. Those who are unsuccessful in getting on the course this year will, however, be given priority for 2013-14; alternatively they may register for the online version of the course. Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list. As places on the module are limited, please inform the RTP Administrator as soon as possible if you no longer wish to take it, so that your place can be offered to another student.
From 2011-12, I will be delivering a number of modules / short courses on thesis writing for students at different stages of their doctoral studies. This module is for first year students who have just begun their doctoral studies and will focus, in particular, on skills, strategies and routines that will be helpful in making writing an integral part of your research from the moment you begin. The module is delivered as a workshop in order that participants can read and discuss examples of academic writing (downloadable from the VLE in advance of the sessions) and participate in a number of exercises designed to help them think about their own practices. The module will be delivered over the course of a week (mornings 2.00-4.30 including a 30 minute coffee-break) in order to facilitate group work and homework exercises and also to enable new students from across the Faculty get to know each other. [Please note, however, that the emphasis of these workshops is on writing activity per se: not 'research skills' and methodology in a more general sense - these topics are dealt with in other RTP modules.] The outline for the five sessions is as follows:
Elbow, P. (1998), Writing with Power, 2nd Edn. Oxford, Oxford University Press
Murray, R. (2006), How to Write A Thesis, 2nd Edn. Maidenhead, Open University Press
Extracts from these books will also be available on the VLE site.
VLE / MOODLEsite: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT STUDENTS ATTENDING THIS MODULE PRINT OFF THE MATERIALS TO BE USED IN THE WORKSHOPS IN ADVANCE OF THE SESSIONS. THESE MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE ONLINE SITE, AND WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH ACCESS TO THE SITE AND / OR A LINK SHORTLY BEFORE THE SESSIONS BEGIN.
Timing and Location
Available to 1st year full-time students, and 1st/2nd year part-time students
Minimum quota: 6
Maximum quota: 25
Charge to non-FASS departments: £266
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