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Academic Writing Development and Research MA 2019/20 entry

Course code:

CAWT001

Study options:

2 years blended/distance learning

Location:

Location-independent with optional face-to-face sessions

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

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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.

Students in the final term of the MA will write a dissertation or portfolio based on an individually chosen research project, to inform their professional development.

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.

At the end of the second year, students enrol in either the ‘Dissertation Research and Writing’ or ‘Professional Portfolio in Supporting Academic Writing’ module.

Modules

  • Researching Academic Writing

  • Writing in the Disciplines

  • Academic Writing and the Transnationalisation of Knowledge

  • Module Choice

    Choose one from the following:

    • Dissertation Research and Writing
    • Professional Portfolio in Supporting Academic Writing

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


In more detail...

  • Opportunity to study flexibly via blended or distance learning
  • Opportunity to submit a portfolio of professional practice or a dissertation for your MA degree project
  • 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
  • Develop your own research project on student or professional academic writing (MA)

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 MA 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.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include written coursework and a dissertation/portfolio.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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.
  • Design and implement a small-scale research project in any aspect of academic writing.

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 2019

£5,650


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£5,650


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£5,650


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.

It will also prepare you to undertake research and doctoral study in the fields of Academic Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, Education, or a related field.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.