Faculty of Arts


Writing Research Reports


Course overview

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 must be taken as part of a major or minor in Academic English Studies and Linguistics. A coursebook is provided for this course.

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 an appropriately organised research report introduction, method, results and discussion sections in accurate English and in an appropriate academic style

• Write reference lists and bibliographies in APA style


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Availability 2021

Summer School, repeated Semester 1 and 2


Lecturer(s)  Martin White


ACADENG 210 Writing Research Reports


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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