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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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 four semester-long modules, two in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2.

Modules

  • Teaching and Supporting Academic Writing

    This module introduces the foundations of teaching and supporting academic writing for university students. It presents an overview of issues involved in the design and delivery of academic writing instruction and support, and invites students on the module to question the influences of context and methods of support in helping university students succeed at their studies.

  • Writing Centre & Writing Programme Development and Management

    In this module, students will learn the key theories and pedagogies underpinning the development and management of university academic writing programmes, centres, and initiatives. Students will have an opportunity to evaluate models of academic writing provision, both in terms of theoretical coherence and practicability (including an appraisal of their effectiveness, reach, and value-for-money).

  • Contextual Issues in Developing Research Communication

    Publishing research in highly-ranked English language journals has become an expectation for scholars around the world. Writing advisors play an important role in helping researchers meet this expectation by mentoring the production of research writing across disciplines. This module explores the challenges and demands on researchers that are created by a competitive global system of higher education in which English is almost universally required as the medium of scholarly exchange.

  • Supporting Research-Active Staff with Research Communication

    This module introduces a range of practical approaches and techniques for supporting research active academics with their writing. The module explores a range of skills and formats for providing effective writing development to help researchers publish high-calibre research in English, including writing retreats, workshops and one-to-one consultations. It investigates common challenges facing research writing developers, such as working with non-native English speakers, mixed disciplinary groups, or groups of researchers at different career levels.

Overview

In the second year of study, teaching is delivered through five semester-long modules, two in Semester 1, two in Semester 2 and one dissertation research and writing module in Semester 3.

Modules

  • Researching Academic Writing

    Because academic writing—whether by students or researchers—is so multifacated, questions abound about what academic writing is or should be, and how it is created. And yet academic writing is central to universities’ roles. Writing developers need to be able to provide evidence-based answers to help writers. In this module, students will learn how to identify and frame researchable questions, and then develop strategies to answer those questions.

  • Writing in the Disciplines

    This module will examine the ways in which academic texts are produced in different disciplinary contexts and the implications of this for the understanding, teaching and learning of academic writing. On the one hand, the module will explore some fundamental principles of knowledge production and meaning making across discipline, while on the other, it will focus on pedagogic strategies for teaching writing in specific disciplines, especially in relation to the process of student assessment.

  • Academic Writing, Multilingualism and Knowledge Production

    The module critically examines the issues of the production and dissemination of knowledge across national and linguistic boundaries. It is designed for students who take an active interest in researching and supporting professional academic writing that is grounded in embedded theories of knowledge and writing production. The module is meant to enhance students’ knowledge that writing and publishing are materially as well as linguistically and discursively situated.

  • Academic Writing in a Multimodal World

    Nowadays, writing happens on computers, and that has changed everything: the practices of writing, writing pedagogy, and research into writing. Writing is no longer a mono-modal text generation activity, and this module examines the impact of new technologies on writing practices, pedagogy and research. It promotes understanding of writing as a complex, multi-modal process that requires new approaches to teaching and research, and explores how and where distinctions between thinking and doing become blurred as technology mediates the writing process.

  • Dissertation Research and Writing

    This module is intended to facilitate students’ production of a final, extended piece of research, in the form of a dissertation, which will build upon all the modules taught on the programme. The module will offer practical writing and research guidelines. The main aim is to enable students to develop independent thinking, researching, writing and organisational abilities at Master’s level.

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


Fees breakdown: Students will pay for the course in a staged process. All students will pay £1,883 for the PGCert (60 credits) in year one of the course. Students who are continuing to the PGDip will pay £1,883 for a further 60 credits in year two of the course. Students who are continuing to the MA will pay £1,883 for the final 60 credits later in year two of the course.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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.

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