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This is an archived syllabus from 2019-2020

COMP80142 Scientific Methods III - Academic Writing and Impact Studies syllabus 2019-2020

COMP80142 Scientific Methods III - Academic Writing and Impact Studies

Postgraduate Research
Credits: 5
Enrolled students: 52

Course leader: Jonathan Shapiro

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  • Co-Requisite (Compulsory): COMP80131
  • Co-Requisite (Compulsory): COMP80122

Assessment methods

  • 100% Coursework
Sem 2 P3 Lecture 2.19 Mon 09:00 - 10:00 -
Sem 2 P3 Lecture Collab 1 Thu 09:00 - 10:00 -
Sem 2 w19 Workshop Collab Fri 10:00 - 16:00 -
Sem 2 w19 Workshop G41 Thu 10:00 - 16:00 -
Sem 2 w19 Workshop G41 Mon 10:00 - 16:00 -
Sem 2 w19 Workshop G41 Wed 10:00 - 16:00 -


This course gives an introduction on effective academic writing as well as understanding and communicating the impact of research. A student attending this course will gain experience in producing and assessing academic writing in a variety of forms. In particular, each student will produce a new piece of academic writing for this course and a revision thereof. Students will also produce reviews for peer produced writing. In addition to the mechanics of writing, we will discuss the purposes of different forms of writing, choice of venue, how to produce useful criticism, and how to respond to criticism. We will also discuss evaluation of work in light of both broad and narrow academic considerations, as well as effects on society as a whole.


The unit aims to teach students how to produce and assess academic writing.


This course unit is run both face-to-face and online, with a large hands on component. Students are divided into groups and each week 2 members of each group produce a piece of academic writing for peer evaluation. Additionally, we will have topic oriented discussion

Seminar topics include:

1. Paper mechanics: Structure, prose style, organisation
2. Genres, venues, sorts of audience
3. Situating work
4. Understanding and presenting impact
5. Collaboration and co-authorship
6. Making and breaking arguments
7. Conclusion and discussion writing

This course unit will be run as a seminar, and active attendance is mandatory. You must produce all writing and reviews on time.

Study hours

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

Learning outcomes are detailed on the COMP80142 course unit syllabus page on the School of Computer Science's website for current students.

Reading list

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Additional notes

Course unit materials

Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.