Thesis Writing: Principles and Practice - ELT6050 (12 week course)

Code: ELT6050, Offered By: Research Study Skills

Please note that this is a twelve-session module, with one two-hour seminar per week.  You should sign up to one time-slot only. To pass the module, you must attend at least 9 sessions and submit the final written task. For example, if you sign up for the Monday morning session, you will be expected to attend at least 9 sessions on  a Monday morning, as well as completing the written tasks.

Description

Do you feel unsure what your final thesis is supposed to look like, or lack confidence in your ability to write up your research in the appropriate academic style?  A surprising number of students at the start of the doctoral research process share your anxieties.  This course is aimed at improving your confidence, extending your knowledge and developing your abilities in a practical way.  

During the course we compare examples of writing from a range of theses, discussing writing techniques, academic expectations and issues of structure and style, covering all sections from the Introduction through to the Conclusion. We also discuss strategies for reading, planning, focusing, drafting and revising.

You will complete a number of short written tasks, each of which will be directly or indirectly useful in helping you to begin writing your thesis and prepare for your first year review.  Detailed individual feedback from your tutor helps you to address any problems you may have with the writing process.

The course is aimed mainly at first year doctoral students from all departments, ideally in their second semester, and is particularly useful for international students, though home students who lack confidence in their writing skills, and second year students who have missed the opportunity to complete the course earlier, are also welcome. 

Wednesday's class dates

 Venue: Bartolome House, Room BB15a (except on 16th Jan & 23rd Jan 2019, see below)


Wednesday 10th Oct, 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 17th Oct, 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 24th Oct, 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 31st Oct, 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 7th Nov, 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 14th Nov, 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 21st Nov, 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 28th Nov, 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 5th Dec, 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 12th Dec, 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 16th Jan, 2pm-4pm,  Dainton Building, Room D17h

Wednesday 23rd Jan, 2pm-4pm, Dainton Building, Room D17h

 

Thursday's class dates

Morning

Venue: Pam Liversidge Building, Room E08 (except on 17th Jan & 24th Jan 2019, see below)

Thursday 11th Oct, 10am - 12pm

Thursday 18th Oct, 10am - 12pm

Thursday 25th Oct, 10am - 12pm

Thursday 1st Nov, 10am - 12pm

Thursday 8th Nov, 10am - 12pm

Thursday 15th Nov, 10am - 12pm

Thursday 22nd Nov, 10am - 12pm

Thursday 29th Nov, 10am - 12pm

Thursday 6th Dec, 10am - 12pm

Thursday 13th Dec, 10am - 12pm

Thursday 17th Jan, 10am - 12pm, Dainton Building, Room D17h

Thursday 24th Jan, 10am - 12pm, Dainton Building, Room D17h

 

Afternoon

Venue: See below

Thursday 11th Oct, 2pm - 4pm, Bartolome House, Room ELG08

Thursday 18th Oct, 2pm - 4pm, Dainton Building, Room D17h

Thursday 25th Oct, 2pm - 4pm, Dainton Building, Room D17h

Thursday 1st Nov, 2pm - 4pm, Dainton Building, Room D17h

Thursday 8th Nov, 2pm - 4pm, Dainton Building, Room D17h

Thursday 15th Nov, 2pm - 4pm, Dainton Building, Room D17h

Thursday 22nd Nov, 2pm - 4pm, Dainton Building, Room D17h

Thursday 29th Nov, 2pm - 4pm, Dainton Building, Room D17h

Thursday 6th Dec, 2pm - 4pm, Dainton Building, Room D17h

Thursday 13th Dec, 2pm - 4pm, Dainton Building, Room D17h

Thursday 17th Jan, 2pm - 4pm, To be confirmed

Thursday 24th Jan, 2pm - 4pm, To be confirmed

 

Students should be aware that this is NOT an English language support course: a minimum overall average of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing) is required.

If you are interested in an English language support course please visit:
http://www.shef.ac.uk/eltc/languagesupport

**PLEASE NOTE** For ELT6051 please sign up via LMS https://lms.shef.ac.uk/index.php#ELT6051








Other Information

Teaching Methods: Seminars,  Problem Solving/Example Classes

Assessment: Portfolio of Written Work

Staff Contact

Dr Dinah Ward, ELTC  

Sessions

Wed, Oct 10th 2018, 14:00

Venue: Bartolome House, Room: BB15a

Tutor: Philip Smith

2 Places Available
Closing Date: October 24th, 2018

Thu, Oct 11th 2018, 10:00

Venue: Pam Liversidge Building, Room: E08

Tutor: Dinah Ward

11 Places Available
Closing Date: October 25th, 2018

Thu, Oct 11th 2018, 14:00

Venue: Various, check dates, Room: Various, check dates

Tutor: Heather Wilson

16 Places Available
Closing Date: October 25th, 2018

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