Open to MSc Psychology (research) students
If you are not able to write a compelling article, your academic career will be a constant uphill battle — no matter how excellent your ideas and research are. As a scientist, you need to be able to explain your work to other scientists, and do this clearly, effectively, and convincingly. Despite the fact that good writing skills are of crucial importance (both inside and outside of academia), very few courses in the Dutch educational system teach proper scientific writing. As a result, students are left to improve their writing skills largely by themselves, through trial and error. This is unfortunate, because anybody’s writing skills can be considerably improved with only a little instruction.
In this course, we will cover the basics of scientific writing by means of weekly plenary sessions, exercises and small-scale feedback sessions. All teaching materials are tailored to the needs of a psychological researcher in action. After completing this course, you will be on your way to becoming a better writer, and, perhaps, a better scientist as well.
Learn how to write a conference abstract
Learn how to structure and write the four sections of an empirical journal article
Improve your ability to write grammatically correct, clear, and effective scientific English
For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable
Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register up to 5 days prior to the start of the course.
It is mandatory for all students to register for each exam and to confirm registration for each exam in My Studymap. This is possible up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the examination. You cannot take an exam without a valid pre-registration and confirmation in My Studymap. Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.
Exchange students and external guest students will be informed by the education administration about the current registration procedure.
Mode of instruction
Six obligatory meetings including interactive lectures and in-class assignments; four optional writing skills workshops; knowledge clips to be watched prior to class meetings; detailed feedback on home assignments.
The assessment is based on four take-home assignments (weight 2/3) and a writing skills exam (weight 1/3).
The Institute of Psychology follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of this fraud policy.
English for Writing Research Papers by Adrian Wallwork
Paperback: 377 pages
Publisher: Springer; 2nd ed. 2016 edition
Reader with exercises
Lecture notes: selected articles.
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