Course name Academic writing for master’s thesis
Course date 12.09.2022 - 30.12.2022
Institution XAMK University of Applied Sciences
Course language English
Credits 5 ECTS credit

Field Languages and Communication HUB
Teacher Xamk lehtori
Available for open UAS No
Level Master’s level

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Enrolment period 15.08.2022 - 28.08.2022
Implementation plan

Academic writing for master’s thesis

12.09.2022 - 30.12.2022

Course description

Objective: You are able to analyze the style of text and recognize different components of a report, chapter, paragraph, and sentence. You can observe the principles of ethical writing and referencing. You know the referencing practices of your university and can follow them systematically. You are able to write a fluent, grammatically correct and clearly structured thesis displaying good academic style, typical for your own field and your research approach. Content​​​​​​​: What is ethical writing? How to cite sources and draft a list of references following XAMK style guide? How to compose different chapters (theoretical framework, data, results, etc.) of the thesis? What is a good academic style? What is the flow? What is the structure of a good paragraph? What kind of writing strategies can be used to help the research process? How to choose writing and language tools and use them effectively?


For Master programme students only. Successful completion of the course requires overall English skills in the upper intermediate level (B2 level).

Assessment criteria

Each package has one graded assignment. The course grade is the average of the five assignment grades. The minimum language skill level is B2 (CEFR).

Assessment methods include self-assessment, peer assessment and teacher assessment according to the learning goals. The assessment of relies on the competence levels defined in the Common European Framework of Reference and the national skills level descriptions based on the European framework. Grade Good (3) mostly requires level C1 skills.

Course way of working and time table

Material to be provided on the Learn site.

1. Tools of writing and citing the sources 2. Ethical writing, writing the conceptual basis, and metatext 3. The essence of text and writing the methodology chapter 4. The academic style I and writing about the results 5. The academic style II, inclusive language, writing conclusions and the abstract

All materials will be on videos or as writen material. The course has no obligatory online classes. Teacher can be approached thru a chat forum. Also two online clinics with a video connection are arranged for those who wish to get support online, on in February and the other in March.

Course info

Course intro and course rules 3hrs Independent studying of the course material, doing the tasks and writing assignments, giving peer feedback and analyzing feedback one gets, 130 hrs.

The course consists of five packages, each 1 cr, whose deadlines are from early October to December.