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University Language Centre

Academic Writing

Semester 1: 9 October - 15 December 2017

Please note:

  • If you have not attended a class before, you must first take the online diagnostic test.
  • Once you have taken the test, please choose your faculty below and express interest using the links provided (click 'Done' to submit your registration form).
  • After you have expressed interest, you will receive a confirmation email telling you which room the class will be in.
  • Academic Writing course outlines for classes will be published in due course, but you can find the course description and timetables below.

Course description

This course aims to help the student to write clear, grammatically accurate and well-organised academic English.  A major focus of the course will be on the language used to express the main communicative functions used at all levels of academic discourse (eg, defining, comparing, describing cause and effect). In addition, some sessions will cover certain common features of academic texts (style, conventions and phraseological patterns). Examples of different types of texts and the language used in them will be examined and discussed, and students will have a chance to practise a series of writing tasks, both individually and, where possible, co-operatively in groups. Classes are broadly discipline specific, but students may attend classes for a different faculty if they feel this would be more suitable/convenient.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

If you miss week 1, or any other weeks of this course, you do not need to worry. A new topic/language point will be discussed each week. For this reason, you should only attend one class per week. Classes are flexible but as Semester 1 is very busy, please email insessional@manchester.ac.uk if you wish to change the day and time of your Writing class.

Faculty of Science and Engineering (SCI)

You should only attend one writing class a week.

North Campus

  • (SCI1) Tuesday 16.30 - 18.00 - To express interest, please click here.
  • (SCI2) Wednesday 14.30 - 16.00 - To express interest, please click here.
  • (SCI4) Friday 14.00 - 15.30 - To express interest, please click here.

South Campus

  • (SCI3) Wednesday 16.30 - 18.00 - To express interest, please click here.

Academic Writing Course Outline: SCI 17/18

MACE

For the following MSc students only: Management of Projects / Commercial Project Management / Construction Project Management / Engineering Project Management:

Please do not register for a writing class. All MoP students on MACE10120 will be automatically assigned to a writing class. However, you are free to register for any of our other classes: Speaking & Listening, Grammar and Pronunciation.  

Academic Writing Course Outline: MACE 17/18

Materials

If you are a student of the School of Materials, please do not register for a writing class. All Materials students on MATS68200 will be automatically assigned to a writing class. However, you are free to register for any of our other classes: Speaking & Listening, Grammar and Pronunciation.  

Faculty of Humanities

If you miss week 1, or any other weeks of this course, you do not need to worry. A new topic/language point will be discussed each week. For this reason, you should only attend one class per week. Classes are flexible but as Semester 1 is very busy, please email insessional@manchester.ac.uk if you wish to change the day and time of your Writing class.

Faculty of Humanities

You should only attend one writing class a week.
  • (HUM1) Tuesday 16.30 - 18.00 - To express interest, please click here.
  • (HUM2) Wednesday 14.00 - 15.30 - To express interest, please click here.
  • (HUM3) Thursday 16.30 - 18.00 - To express interest, please click here.
  • (HUM4) Friday 14.00 - 15.30 - To express interest, please click here.

Academic Writing Course Outline: HUM 17/18

Business Disciplines

South Campus

  • (BUS) Wednesday 16.30 - 18.00 - To express interest, please click here.

Please note: if you are studying business, but are unable to attend classes on a Wednesday afternoon, you can choose from any of the classes for Humanities (including Economics). These classes will still be of benefit to you.

Academic Writing Course Outline: BUS 17/18 

Economics Disciplines

South Campus

  • (ECON) Wednesday 14.30 - 16.00 - To express interest, please click here.

Course outline: please note that this class will largely follow the same outline as the Business Disciplines class (see above).

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

You should only attend one writing class a week.

 

Biology, Medicine and Health (FBMH): PhD Students Only 

This course is designed to develop the academic writing skills you need to produce an excellent transition report at the  end of your first year. It will focus on language and organisation in the context of writing for Biology, Medicine and Health. Please see this website for further information: https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/doctoral-academy/training/writing-programme/

 

Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BIO)

  • (BIO) Tuesday 16.30 - 18.00:                 To express interest, please click here.

Academic Writing Course Outline: BIO 17/18