Communicating in Academia (AGG 5607)


General Information:

  • 3 CREDITS- Spring 
  • E-learning site 
  • Distance Education with chat sessions

Course Description:

This course is designed to teach graduate students about academic writing, specifically focused on research proposals, theses, dissertations, manuscripts, grant proposals, and CVs. The course was developed to teach students about aspects of academic writing that are not normally part of the graduate curriculum but are necessary to succeed.

Course Objectives

Those successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Define plagiarism and identify plagiarism
  • Identify graduate research proposal elements required by the student’s department and advisor
  • Identify keywords associated with a research topic
  • Create a writing schedule depicting how a thesis or dissertation can be completed to meet deadlines
  • Create a manuscript outline and identify key components
  • Create figures and tables using professional practices
  • Identify appropriate journals for publishing research
  • Create an academic CV
  • Identify key elements of a good presentation
  • Write a draft manuscript

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites:

It is recommended that students take this course after completing at least one semester of graduate study as students may not have sufficient material to complete the writing project if just starting their program. This course is specifically designed for academic writing and not as well suited for individuals not conducting research.