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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Structuring Arguments and Avoiding Plagiarism

Module code: EAL4630

HEAR transcript: included as co-curricular activities 

Module duration:  10 weeks / 2hrs 

Skills Points for doctoral students: 20 

Non-credit bearing  

Preparation and assessment: none 

Have you ever had feedback saying your work is too descriptive or lacks criticality? If so, this is the module for you. Key ideas need a sound structure, carefully presented evidence and clear reasoning to form a compelling argument. In this module, you will unpack the components of an academic argument and practise assessing arguments and counterarguments in different disciplines. You will learn to build a strong line of reasoning and maintain an extended academic argument in your writing. This module is aimed at all students who wish to understand how to express their viewpoints academically, how arguments shape a paper, and how to adopt a more critical approach to their assignments. 

Key skills: structuring an argument, using sources as evidence, critical thinking 

Students' feedback on this module: 

"Not only was this module very informative, but also it provided me with practical knowledge that will be very useful for my course. It was also it was also very enjoyable."

"This module stimulates students' critical thinking and provides great help in understanding plagiarism. The module is important for students at every level. It is also very interactive. We had some great discussions in class!" 

"This class was very helpful and I can see how my writing has improved thanks to this class!" 

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