Structure of the Academic Research Essay - SEBTS CampusNet
Writing An Academic Research Essay: Where To Begin
Like all WCT modules, the overarching purpose of this module is for you to develop skills in academic writing. The main genre of writing that you learn in this module is the academic research essay; through learning this genre, you will pick up skills of analysis, argumentation, rhetorical organization, and persuasion that can be applied to writing tasks in various disciplines. Accordingly, the module emphasizes writing as a process. You will produce and revise drafts for each of the writing assignments, and thereby learn the requisite stages of the writing process: brainstorming, planning, data analysis, thesis statement formulation, initial drafting, revision after receiving criticism, and final editing. In addition, you will learn a core vocabulary for important rhetorical moves and strategies in order to be able to discuss writing, Approximately 70% of class time is devoted to teaching you how to develop questions and problems, read actively, write in a academic mode (especially argumentation), use sources according to disciplinary protocols, and use disciplinary methodologies appropriately. Through a series of sequenced assignments, you will read, respond, and question ideas generated by published writers and apply it to a data set generated by you and your classmates. This data set serves as the material about which you will formulate academic arguments and author your writing assignments. The module will deploy IT tools, esp. social media and IVLE, to enhance discussion, improve data analysis, and provide a forum for peer editing. Even as you draft your own essays, you will read and review your peers' writing. Each graded piece of writing goes through multiple drafts, and each student will engage in four formal conferences with the instructor to talk about specific aspects of your analyses, writing and argumentation.
How To Compose An Outstanding Academic Research Essay?
Working on articles for publication early on also has the further advantage of benefiting from the publishing experience of one’s supervisor. During the process of getting my first paper ready for publication, my supervisor was a great source of advice in several ways. She provided me with tips and comments regarding choosing the right part of my research to convert for publication; how to best target and select the most appropriate journal; but also to realise the different requirements of the language and style of writing in journal publications as compared to a chapter of the PhD thesis or other types of academic research essay. Adjusting the original research paper to a more concise style of writing, which focuses on the main arguments to be made in the article also helped me to further emphasise and clarify important elements of my PhD research itself. The same can be said for the comments of the anonymous referees reviewing one’s work. I have received valuable advice which helped me not only to make the relevant article better, but which also fed back into my own PhD research.