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WRIT5001: Writing a thesis 1: Starting the thesis

This unit aims to foster the writing and English language skills of postgraduate thesis writers. It will support students with their own thesis writing, specifically with the writing of the Research Proposal, Introduction chapter and Literature Review as well as sections of chapters. The course will be particularly useful for students who need to develop their English language proficiency and/or understanding of the requirements of thesis writing in English.

Code WRIT5001
Academic unit English
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Write good draft of a section of the thesis which reviews the academic literature on the thesis topic (i.e. a section of the Introduction chapter or the Literature Review chapter).
  • LO2. Write an expanded chapter draft of either the Introduction chapter or the Literature Review chapter.
  • LO3. Create a clear argument in the Introduction, Body and Conclusion of thesis sections and chapters.
  • LO4. Write critically, particularly the literature review.
  • LO5. Provide feedback regarding appropriate and correct English structure, grammar and style and revise drafts based on this feedback.
  • LO6. Use resources which develop thesis writing skills in English, particularly the MASUS (Measuring the Academic Skills of University Students) writing criteria and The Write Site.
  • LO7. Write in a well-structured manner which uses appropriate referencing, style, grammar and presentation.
  • LO8. Develop a clear understanding of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary writing requirements.
  • LO9. Conduct refined searches of the literature on the thesis topic.
  • LO10. Locate a thesis which can aid and inspire thesis writing.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.