Academic Writing and Publishing

Module code: LTTC 9134               ECTS: 10

This module is underpinned by the development over time of an LTTC Curriculum Model that has been informed by research and practice in supporting academic staff in their own academic writing.

Aim: The aims of this module are:Academic writing

  • To explore samples of academic writing with a view to analysing the linguistic, stylistic and contextual features which characterise these texts and to provide
    practice in the writing of various academic texts
  • To give students the opportunity to become more confident and discerning users of information and to equip them with the necessary skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively to the benefit of their academic studies; and to become critical thinkers, creators and users of information
  • To support participants to prepare and present a research paper in a selected area of practice.

When? Tuesday mornings 10am-1pm and/or afternoons 2-5pm for a total of six x 3 hour workshops from mid October to the end of February / early March each year. Final dates for 2016-17: Oct 18 (10-5), Oct 25 (2-3:30), Nov 15 (10-1), Dec 13 (10-4), Jan 17 (10-1), Feb 21 or 28th (2-5). Graduate Conference  May / June 2017.

How do I apply? Please complete the online application form at least one week prior to module commencement: Online CPD Application Form

DIT Staff Fee Waiver: If you are a current DIT staff member i.e. with current staff number, you may be eligible for a DIT Staff Fee Waiver. Please read the DIT Fee Waiver Policy and complete the associated Fee Waiver Application Form‌ if applicable. This form must be completed before or at the time of applying.

What will I learn?

Upon successful completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Outline the principles of academic writing and discuss different genres of academic writing
  • Recognise writing as a constructive meaningful process and analyse and evaluate their own and others’ writing
  • Write clear, well-structured academic assignments of some length, with a high degree of grammatical accuracy and in an appropriate style
  • Write confidently in a variety of formats for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Make critical use of a wide range of relevant sources to develop your argument in writing assignments
  • Critically apply information literacy skills to any area of research and be able to create a search strategy, formulate keywords, search, locate, access, select and evaluate relevant information
  • Recognise the role of academic literacies in disciplines of study
  • Using appropriate writing strategies, construct first drafts, rewrite, revise, edit, and proofread
  • Explore a range of peer reviewed journals and identify a relevant journal in the field of third level education / professional practice for publication of own individual work
  • Prepare and write a paper adhering to all the journal requirements
  • Present a conference paper at a postgraduate conference and develop their skills as effective speakers
  • Enhance spoken and written presentations with appropriate visual, audio, multimedia, and other aids
  • Work collaboratively on peer review and reflect on performance and activities for the purpose of self-assessment

How will I learn?
A range of teaching and learning methods, along with a range of relevant learning technologies will be used (e.g. online discussion boards, audio feedback). Workshops will provide an introduction to the key topics of the module and these will be supported by structured class discussions. Face-to-face and online class discussion: Class discussion will be driven and supported by appropriate academic literature and will allow for ideas and issues to be clarified. These discussions will enable students to draw on their own knowledge of the writing and research process and they will be encouraged to evaluate different conferences and journals in the field of third level learning and teaching. A dedicated Webcourses site will support the module and both asynchronous and synchronous discussions will complement class dialogue.

How will I be assessed?    There are two parts to this assessment and each must be passed:

  • Assignment 1: A journal paper of circa 4000-6000 words in length on a relevant topic to be negotiated with the tutor(s) and for a target journal of the participant’s own choosing
  • Assignment 2: A presentation on this work at a graduate conference. Details on purpose, structure and length of presentation will be provided.

Are there any pre-requisites? No specific pre-requisites but an interest in writing and presenting a conference paper and a paper for publication in a peer reviewed journal is assumed.