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Academic Writing Development and Research PGDip 2018/19 entry

Course code:

CAWT001

Study options:

2 years blended/distance learning

Location:

Location-independent with optional face-to-face sessions

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

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+44 (0)24 7765 7902
Sheila Medlock - CAW Course Administrator


Overview

This course is an exciting new qualification for graduates and professionals interested in studying, researching, and teaching writing.

The focus of the course is on writing, rhetoric, and literacies research and on how this research informs the teaching of writing and writing development work. The course programme is based upon Coventry University’s international reputation in the teaching and researching of academic writing at its Centre for Academic Writing.

Course information

The course begins by teaching key pedagogies for supporting academic writing for both study and professional writing purposes.

It also provides grounding in the theories and practices of how to set up and manage a writing centre, programme, or initiative. The course then offers in-depth learning about how to support postgraduates, academics, and researchers in writing for publication in English, and about how to develop students’ writing in the disciplines. Importantly, you will also learn how to research academic writing.

Modules

Overview

In the first year of study, teaching is delivered through two semester-long modules plus one module that spans Semesters 1 and 2.

Modules

  • Teaching and Supporting Academic Writing

  • Writing Centre & Writing Programme Development and Management

  • Supporting Academics in Research Communication

Overview

In the second year of study, teaching is delivered through two semester-long modules plus one module that spans Semesters 1 and 2.

Modules

  • Researching Academic Writing

  • Writing in the Disciplines

  • Academic Writing and the Transnationalisation of Knowledge


In more detail...

  • Opportunity to study flexibly via blended or distance learning
  • Specialist teaching and support provided by lecturers at Coventry University’s Centre for Academic Writing

Pioneering course in Academic Writing development and research in Europe

The course aims to give you the opportunity to:

  • Learn about student and professional academic writing pedagogies and research
  • Learn how to apply writing pedagogy and research to support both native and non-native English-speaking students
  • Learn how to develop and manage a writing programme, writing tutoring programme, or writing centre
  • Learn how to assess the writing needs of academics, postgraduates and professionals
  • Learn how to develop academics’, postgraduates’ and professionals’ ability to write for publication

The programme is delivered through a combination of online module materials, optional face-to-face teaching, and independent study, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments. A wide variety of resources is made available via the online study platform, including: lecture notes, videos, specialist resources from the Centre for Academic Writing library collection, and discussion forums, as well as information on the academic writing research projects and findings produced by members of teaching staff.

Module lecturers will be available to address your questions and to offer guidance relating to your studies. As a student on this course, you will also be allocated a Personal Tutor, who will provide pastoral care and support.

Starting in September each year, the PGDip is designed to be studied over 2 years either by blended learning or distance learning.

At each stage of the programme, you will have the opportunity to attend a short, residential workshop (up to 5 days) to provide core learning. Although these workshops are optional, we strongly encourage attendance to underpin your learning, to meet your cohort and teachers, and to build your professional network. Workshops may be held at Coventry University’s main campus in Coventry, or in another location. (Please note: There is no additional teaching fee for the optional workshops. However, you will need to organise and pay for your own accommodation, food, and travel, including any visa costs). Students who are unable to attend the workshops can study independently using online materials.

Assessment will be through written coursework.

Formative feedback opportunities will be provided throughout the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should able to:

  • Apply and evaluate different approaches to teaching and supporting academic writing, ranging from student writing to writing for scholarly publication.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, resolve and reflect upon problems arising from applying academic writing pedagogies in practice.
  • Propose theoretical and practical solutions for key challenges facing native and non-native speakers of English who wish to engage in the process of writing and publishing their research.
  • Recognise ways in which different institutional and cultural constraints shape the practice of academic writing provision.
  • Identify researchable questions in the study of academic writing, ranging from student writing to writing for scholarly publication.
  • Critically evaluate a variety of theoretical models and research methodologies and demonstrate the ability to select appropriate ones to investigate issues in academic writing, ranging from student writing to writing for scholarly publication.

The course offers the opportunity to learn about and compare writing development theories and practices from around the world.

The course also introduces students to (and encourages them to participate in) national and international writing development conferences and professional organisations.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or above in any academic discipline in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Sciences, and have an interest in teaching, supporting, and researching academic writing.

Applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience at an appropriate professional level but do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may be admitted subject to an application and assessment.

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or above in any academic discipline in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Sciences, and have an interest in teaching, supporting, and researching academic writing.

Applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience at an appropriate professional level but do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may be admitted subject to an application and assessment.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires a minimum 6.5 IELTS test score, with a minimum score of 7 in writing. Equivalent English language proficiency qualifications or evidence of ability may be accepted. Pre-Sessional English is available.

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or above in any academic discipline in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Sciences, and have an interest in teaching, supporting, and researching academic writing.

Applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience at an appropriate professional level but do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may be admitted subject to an application and assessment.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires a minimum 6.5 IELTS test score, with a minimum score of 7 in writing. Equivalent English language proficiency qualifications or evidence of ability may be accepted. Pre-Sessional English is available.

Fees & Funding

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£3,500


Starts

Fee


September 2018

£3,500


Starts

Fee


September 2018

£3,500


Career prospects

This course will enhance your career prospects for working with students, academics, and other colleagues through supporting, teaching and carrying out research on academic writing.

This course combines the theory and practice necessary for working effectively as a writing developer in writing centres, learning centres, staff development centres, and research centres, and for providing writing support in disciplinary or workplace contexts, in the UK and internationally.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.