Course code LNG250

LNG250 Academic Writing

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Course responsible: Hanne Fjerdingby Olsen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
Autumn parallel
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: Study year 2018-2019
Preferential right:
Students at BIOVIT.
Course contents:
The course covers the principles of academic writing for the natural sciences. The students will learn to structure an academic text from a chosen problem. Organizing of the text, structure of paragraphs, language and arguments will be emphasized, in addition to citing of scientific papers. Individual responses to the students writing skills will be prioritized.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge After attending the course, the students are expected to:

  • Know the principles for a strong, academic text
  • Understand how to argue reasonably for and against a problem
  • Know how to search scientific literature and how to use this in own text

Skills After attending the course, the students are expected to:

  • Be able to construct an outline for own text
  • Be able to build a narrative an get a logical flow in the text
  • Use references properly in own text

General competence After attending the course, the students are expected to:

  • Be able to express themselves in a scientific way
  • Be able to give and receive constructive critics of text, own or others
  • Understand how planning and structure form the basis for a good text
Learning activities:
Lectures, discussion groups and individual writing rehearsals with volunteer handing in for individual response on the writing.
Teaching support:
The Writing Centre offers individual guidance.

Recommended literature:

Rienecker, Lotte og Jørgensen, Peter Stray, 2013. Den gode oppgaven. Håndbok i oppgaveskriving på universitet og høyskole (2. utgave). Fagbokforlaget. (In Norwegian)

Also, the students are expected to seek relevant and essential literature for use in writing rehearsals and hand-ins.

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Mandatory hand-in of one mid-term writing rehearsal and a final writing rehearsal.
Portfolio assessment: Passed/Not Passed.
Nominal workload:
125 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
24 hours of lectures (12 double lectures).
The course is given in Norwegian but involves reading of scientific papers in English.
An external examiner evaluates the final writing rehearsal.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Passed / Not Passed