Faculty of Arts


Writing Research Reports

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for ACADENG 210.


This course develops skills needed for writing research reports in a range of academic disciplines. It covers key stages in writing a standard report and the language patterns associated with each of these stages. Course components include writing a literature review, methodology, results and discussion sections of a report, dissertation or thesis. Students of ACADENG 210 are requested to attend all scheduled classes and to actively participate in pair work, small groups and whole class activities in order to develop their academic writing skills. The course has the added advantage of being of value for report writing in other subjects and for future employment. ACADENG 210 can be taken as part of a major or minor in Academic English Studies & Linguistics.

Course outcomes

At the end of the course the students should be able to:

  • Understand the structure, discourse and common language patterns found in each stage of a research report
  • Define research reports
  • Understand qualitative and quantitative approaches to research
  • Paraphrase and summarise sources for the various sections of a research report
  • Integrate in-text citations accurately and smoothly into a research report
  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Write a research report in an appropriate academic style
  • Write an appropriately organised research report introduction, method, results and discussion sections in accurate English
  • Write reference lists and bibliographies in APA style

Provisional class limits information for 2018: Summer School enrolment is limited to 30 students, Semester One enrolment is limited to 90 students, Semester Two enrolment is limited to 90 students. First priority is PhD students who need this course to meet their provisional first year goal requirement and for whom DELNA indicates this is the appropriate academic English course.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Summer School, repeated Semester 1 and 2


Coordinator(s)  John Tomlins


Coursework only


ACADENG 210: 15.0 points


ACADENG 101 or approval of Academic Head or nominee


ESOL 210. This course is available only to students who speak English as an additional language

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