For the duration of the course, participants are expected to do the following:
- search for relevant scientific articles that would be used for the writing of academic articles/manuscripts;
- evaluate scientific articles using a set of criteria;
- prepare a literature matrix to effectively work with different information from various sources (e.g. articles published in peer-reviewed journals, books, government reports, professional journals);
- effectively use information from scientific articles for the writing of academic articles/manuscripts;
- apply the conventions of source citation and referencing into their own academic articles/manuscripts;
- write a clearly organized paper in accordance with the rules of writing in an academic context; and
- prepare a literature review using various academic, scientific, and professional sources as the first phase of the Premaster Research Project.
Moreover, after a successful completion of the course, participants are expected to be proficient in writing academic papers (e.g. literature reviews, conceptual papers, research proposals, theses).
The course provides participants with the necessary skills for the preparation of academic articles/manuscripts in English. Participants will also be taught the techniques of effective information search, the ways to work with scientific articles and evaluate them, and the conventions used in literature citation and referencing. Participants will be expected to perform skill-building exercises during the different sessions. Writing tasks will also be given to provide participants the opportunity to practice and/or improve their writing skills. A total of 7 sessions are scheduled and each session will be a combination of workshops and short lectures. Attendance to all the sessions is obligatory. The primary basis for student assessment is a comprehensive literature review based on, at least, 15 scientific articles.
This course is only accessible for students who have been admitted to the pre-master program of Communication Studies.