Course title
Usage of Research Tools & Research Writing



Course description
This course is limited to students in their 3rd or 4th year of their university studies.
Students will learn to use different databases in gathering information from reliable internet sources, referencing details, understanding the importance and criticality of plagiarism in research. You will also learn IMRD abstract of the research article (RA) structures based on MOVES and critically analyze them and summarize the key points of RA. You will also learn to identify the gap or the niches in previous research through critical analysis for their own research. You will also practice formulating RA based on their original research work conducted with their individual supervisors.
Lead professor: Dr. Umamaheswari Rajagopalan (11 weeks)
Dr. Ned Loader (3 weeks)
Purpose of class
This course is meant for students to engage in writing confidently on research articles (RAs). Students will be reminded of the norms in academic writing needed for publishing in research journals. The students should be able to logically write emphasizing the main points of their research. Students will be able to read a RA critically through deconstructing RA for the main research questions, approach taken, the main emphasis points claimed and weakness of the research articles.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. Students will be able to understand the parts of RAs and referencing details and software available for referencing
2. Students will be able to understand the existence of different types of RA and be able to deconstruct research articles into different sections
3. Students will be able to read critically the research article and summarize the details of the research article
4. Students will be able to write a research article of their own research
5. Students will be able to practice peer review through exchanging the research article and give critical comments
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction to syllabus, grading, class rules, & TED video;
Write on research interests

Understanding writing as communication to meet the expectations of the reader.
Taught by Dr. Ned Loader
Preparation for Quiz in class (vocabulary) 20分
2. Reviewing & analyzing articles in your field of research to understand structure and differences between general science writing and research writing.
Taught by Dr. Ned Loader
Assignment: bringing general articles and scientific research articles 120分
Preliminary exercises to analyze articles' structure 60分
3. Continuing analysis of articles in your field and strategies for communication.
How forms of verbs align with different purposes & functions
Passive & active voice, referring to previous research
Taught by Dr. Ned Loader
Analyze components of research article, paying special attention to verb forms 120分
4. Will be introduced to the moves concept and breaking down of abstracts in class into MOVES Assignment of bringing outline of abstract 90分
Will need to prepare a thought experiment for constructing abstract 90分
Deconstruction of abstracts into MOVEs 100分
5. Peer checking of deconstructed abstracts and attempt to write one abstract

Abstract writing and introduction of Swalesian moves and deconstruction of abstracts and tenses of grammar.

Understanding the other parts of research articles; deconstruct introduction and find the moves of background, research methods used, niche
Deconstruct introduction into moves 120分
6. Will be introduced to methods or procedure and their moves Analyze methods into moves 100分
Go through the powerpoint on the method or procedure for writing in class 60分
Write method or procedure for own thought experiment 120分
7. Understand making bibliography using referencing software Search for and bring reference materials 90分
Preparing a reference list and the different formats involved 100分
8. Will be introduced to results with examples from research papers Practice describing results into moves; description of graphs and images 120分
9. Go through the examples of description of graphs and images

Figure preparation and their captions and understand the reviewing process
Prepare for the thought experiment results into moves to describe graphs and images 190分
Figure preparation and their captions and understand the reviewing process 120分
10. Students will construct research article in class discussing with teacher Students will construct research article in class discussing with teacher 160分
Go through the reference materials based on moves for writing discussion 60分
11. Students introduce their thought experiment and the results Students continue writing 180分
12. Students introduce their thought experiment and the results Students continue writing 240分
13. Students introduce their thought experiment and the results; Feedback to class on research writing and the difficulties involved. Students continue writing 240分
14. Continuing Feedback and instructions for final report;

Writing grant applications
Final feedback to class on research writing and the difficulties involved. 150分
Total. - - 2650分
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Deconstruction of a RA into MOVEs Construction of a IMRD RA Total.
1. 10% 10% 20%
2. 10% 10% 20%
3. 10% 10% 20%
4. 10% 10% 20%
5. 10% 10% 20%
Total. 50% 50% -
Evaluation method and criteria
Students are required to deconstruct a research article into MOVES to form a model and then to write a research article for a thought experiment. The final score is evaluated based on deconstruction (50%), and construction (50%). Credit will be given only when the score is equal or above 60% out of 100% in total.
Feedback on exams, assignments, etc.
ways of feedback specific contents about "Other"
The Others Student are given feedback both at the class by checking the works of their peer as well as the from the teacher; the teacher will provide a written feedback on the students' assignments.
Textbooks and reference materials
Will use the following books as reference: Science Research writing by Hilary Glasman-Deal (Imperial college press, London) 2010. Handbook of Technical Scientific writing by Perelman et al. (Mayfield pub., California) 1997. Swales and Feak, "Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes) 2012.
Fluency in writing would be advantageous
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Students are encouraged to fix an appointment thorough email; email: and
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic interpersonal skills
  • Course that cultivates a basic self-management skills
Active-learning course
Most classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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