EDU705 : Writing for Research

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Humanities Distribution

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Dr. Tayyaba Tamim
Cambridge University

Course Contents

Purpose of the Thesis; Writing style and audience; Order and component of a thesis;
 Title; Copy rights, Dedication, Acknowledgement; Table of contents, list of table, figures. Appendices and footnotes; Abstract; Abstract: functions; content and structure. Analysis of a sample abstract patterns; key literature features of an abstract. Questions related to abstract writing; Introduction chapter in a thesis;
 Functions of the introduction chapter; Introduction: content and structure; establishing a research territory; Indicating gaps/niche. Occupy the niche/gap; statement of the problem/context; Aims of the study; Clarification of key terms; Organization of the thesis; Key linguistic features in significance of study.

Key linguistic features in indicating gap, in occupying gap; Active vs. passive voice use;
 linguistic features: adjectives and pronouns; Language use in making comparisons; Introduction: Questions answered. Literature review; Functions of literature review; content and structure; Body of literature review; Organizing literature review. Reporting research; summarizing; conclusion of the literature review; introduction to the literature review chapter; paraphrasing and coherence; synthesizing: cohesion in literature review. Language focus: tense and citation; Reporting literature; Choice of verb and tense. Evaluating and critiquing published research; Stance towards published research.
Reviewing the literature: organizing; important questions asked. Methodology; Functions; Content and structure; Introduction in a methodology chapter. Methodology: Main body; Ending methodology chapter; Triangulation; Key structural points; Data collection procedures; Instruments. Data collection; Data analysis; Issues of data reliability; Issues of data validity; Ethical concerns; Summarizing.

Methodology: language use; Important questions asked. Results chapter; Functions; Content and structure; Quantitative results. Qualitative results; Qualitative responses; key linguistic features: tenses;
Caution in presenting results; presenting qualitative results visually. Presenting qualitative results; Data display; Formatting and numbering; Discussion of tables; Principles of figure use; Types of figures; Standard for figures; Important questions answered. Discussion of results: Functions; Content and structure; Sample Analysis of a discussion; Conclusion of a discussion; key linguistic features (M 87-93)

Limitations in discussion; Important questions answered; Conclusion; Functions; Content and structure; Introduction in conclusion chapter; Summarizing key findings. Implications; Implications for future research; Limitations; Concluding paragraph; Conclusion: key linguistic features; Important questions asked.Confidentiality. Writing clearly and concisely; Headings; Numbering; Writing style; Continuity. Smoothness of expression; Tone; Economy of expression; Precision and clarity; Linguistic devices; Strategies to improve writing style. Appropriate level of specificity; Reducing bias in language; Acknowledge participation; Reducing bias: Gender; Reducing bias: Ethnicity; Reducing bias: Disabilities and age.Grammar and usage; Subject verb agreement; Crediting sources: Direct quotations; Paraphrasing and quoting; Citation in text; References. Mechanics of styles: Punctuation (period); Capitalization; Numbers; Punctuation: Quotation marks; Abbreviation; Academic writing: some other considerations.  Academic style: Formal language; Writing process; Principles of academic writing; Analyzing a thesis; Goal setting; Defining the writing task. Writing purpose; How will my thesis be assessed? Assessment of thesis design; Tackling issues; Defining originality; Keeping back-ups. Reasons for not writing: peer support; Discussing feedback; Free writing; Benefits of free writing; Generative writing; Writing to prompts. Other problems in writing; Writers’ block; Resolving the issues; Scaffolding an argument; Positioning of self; Writing a case study.