COMP80142 Academic Writing and Impact Studies

Jon Shapiro and Bijan Parsia 2015 – 2016

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Course description

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Locations and times

Location: Monday, 12–13, IT 407.

Location: Wednesdays, 12–13, Kilburn 2.19.

Please see below for the session schedule and key dates as well as the group assignment.


You will all

Your first task

Your first task will be to submit a draft of your written piece. The deadline is

We 13 April 2016
We advise that you decide quickly what type of paper you wish to write and start writing. Do discuss this with your supervisor.

The written piece

The short paper you have to write should be one of the following:

The paper should be 5 pages long without references. It should include

Here are some suggestions of what to include:


100% coursework, 0% exam

Session schedule and key dates 2015–2016

Session schedule and key dates 2015–2016

Mo 14 Mar  Welcome: Introduction and Overview (JS) [Slides]

We 15 Mar  Paper mechanics: genre, venue, purpose, audience
                            prose style, organisation (BP) [Slides] 
*** Easter break ***

We 30 March  No class - Easter break

   Draft due by everyone to Blackboard
   Paper due X1 and X2
   Blackboard reviewing and discussion 10-16 Apr

*** Easter break ends ***

Mo 11 Apr  Presenting mathematics and algorithms (JLS)

We 13 Apr  Follow up (BP)

Mo 18 Apr  The Reviewing process (JLS)

We 20 Apr  Review session 1

   Reviewed  X1 and X2
   Chair     X2 and X3
   Paper due X3 and X4
   Blackboard reviewing and discussion 17-23 Apr

Mon 25 Apr Presenting experimental results (BP) 

We 27 Apr  Review session 2

   Reviewed  X3 and X4
   Chair     X4 and X5
   Paper due X5 and X6
   Blackboard reviewing and discussion 25-30 Apr

Mo 2 May Bank Holiday, no class

We 4 May  Review session 3

   Reviewed  X5 and X6
   Chair     X6 and X1

Mo 9 May Ethical aspects, referencing, crediting,
malpractice (JLS) [Slides]

We 11 May  Wrap up — How to achieve impact

   Revised version & responses to reviews due by everyone to Blackboard
   Blackboard reviewing 22 May-5 Jun

Fri 13 May

   Reviews of revised papers due by everyone to Blackboard
   Blackboard discussion 9 May-13 May

Group assignment

The groups have assigned as follows.
Group         Name 
  A1      Manal Albahlal 
  A2      Azzah Alghamdi 
  A3      Pouya Adrom 
  A4      Mashael Al-Jubairah 
  A5      Tariq Ahmad 
  A6      Waad Alhoshan 
  B1      Haifa Alrdahi 
  B2      Damian Arellanes molina 
  B3      Reem Almarwani 
  B4      Matthew Banks 
  B5      Ainur Begalinova 
  B6      Yusrina Andu 
  C1      Oliver Blanthorn 
  C2      Ghadah Binhadba 
  C3      Nurzety Binti ahmad azuan 
  C4      Leonard peter Binamungu 
  C5      Muna Bin Othman 
  C6      Alex Bogatu 
  D1      Guillermo Callaghan 
  D2      Mohd syafiq Zolkeply 
  D3      Konstantinos Faliagkas 
  D4      Gabriel Fonseca guerra 
  D5      Haoruo Zhao 
  D6      Sonia Cisneros cabrera 
  E1      Serhat Gesoglu 
  E2      Robert James 
  E3      Shupeng Hu 
  E4      Chuan Jin 
  E5      Dongjiao Ge 
  E6      Georgia Valeria Ionescu 
  F1      Hashir Kiani 
  F2      Alina Neculae 
  F3      Oludamilare Matthews 
  F4      Mihaela Mazilu 
  F5      Joshua Lant 
  F6      Ghader Kurdi 
  G1      Dario Panada 
  G2      Mike Phuycharoen 
  G3      Oluwatoni Olatunji 
  G4      Richard Neill 
  G5      Amelia Pollard 
  G6      Athanasios Pavlopoulos 
  H1      Peter Thompson 
  H2      Hao Zhou 
  H3      Osman Simsek 
  H4      Ismael Quintana avalos 
  H5      Crefeda Rodrigues 
  H6      Cameron Shand 
  I1      Maksim Belousov 
  I2      Emily Turner 
  I3      Qinhao Wu 
  I4      Danny Wood 
  I5      Tianhao Zhao 
  I6      William Woof 



Domain specific:

Examples of very well-written computer science papers

These have been moved to the School wiki. Feel free to add examples which you find.


Of Further Interest:

Concerning Research and Surviving a PhD

Alternative Format Theses

An alternative format thesis presents its content in the form of a collection of units suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or conference. The 'papers' do not have to be published or even submitted.
PhD Course Unit Material
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