Course code EDS276

EDS276 Writing seminar

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Course responsible: William Stewart Warner
Teachers: Clayton David Gouin
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
40 students.
Teaching exam periods:
January block
Course frequency: Annually in January block.
First time: Study year 2019-2020
Preferential right:


Restricted to Noragric bachelor students. 

Course contents:

Course Content 

  • Deconstructed (and revised) outline of prerequisite document (midterm)
  • Evaluation of another participant¿s final paper (course end)
  • Final assessment of paper based upon five-component rubric
    • Ideas (critical thinking)
    • Structure (organization)
    • Style (clarity, cohesion, concision)
    • Citation & References (APA format)
    • Mechanics (APA format)
Learning outcome:

Learning Outcome:

  • Establish an understanding of expected structure and style in academic writing
  • Provide metrics to measure improvement in scholastic skills
  • Expected development:
    • Structured ideas: claims based upon reasons, supported with solid evidence
    • Organizational skills, including time management
    • Strengthen research-based writing: citing and referencing to avoid plagiarism
  • Three assessments of final paper (via rubric) by:
    • Lecturer or course responsible
    • Self-assessment
    • Peer-review of another student¿s document
Learning activities:
Lectures and peer-review.
Teaching support:
Teachers are available at the workshops and through Canvas.
Will be published once the course starts.
Prerequisite: Students are required to bring an essay written from a previous class

Recommended prerequisites:
An original document of academic writing (e.g., term paper or take-home exam)
Mandatory activity:
Attend 80% of the lectures, complete assigned exercises, and participate in peer-review.
Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått (Pass/fail)
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Reduction of credits:
LNG240 10 ECTS
Type of course:
  • Meet daily (Mon-Fri) 8:15-15:00
    • Lecture 8:15-10:00
    • Writing exercise 10:15-11:30
    • Peer-review 12:15-13:00
    • Re-writing (based on peer-review) 13:15-15:00
An external examiner is involved in the final evaluation.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Passed / Failed