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Undergraduate Course: CSE English for Academic Purposes 2 (ENAI07006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish - Academic (International Students Only) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionCSE EAP 2 is intended to provide non-native speaker undergraduate students with the necessary cognitive, linguistic and cultural knowledge/skills to join Year 2 of a CSE undergraduate programme of study. The course is designed to enhance the students' knowledge of specialist academic vocabulary and their skills of academic presentation (in both written and spoken modes) so that they are able to participate successfully in Year 2 undergraduate courses. CSE EAP 2 consists of four strands: Scientific Writing (12 hours), Research and Referencing (12 hours), Vocabularies of Science (12 hours), Writing a Critical Review (4 hours) and Presentation Skills (26 hours).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course runs as the second half of the Integrated Foundation Programme for international students. Students are expected to have taken Semester 1 course ENAI07007.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information This class runs on three afternoons (Monday to Wednesday), at the same time each day.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

* Recognise and use the overall structure of scientific written reports and their typical linguistic characteristics
* Employ the forms of source acknowledgment required in academic reports
* Understand and apply specialist vocabulary encountered in their Semester 2 readings for CSE School core and option courses
* Prepare and deliver an effective short oral presentation
Assessment Information
(1) A critical review (1,000-1,250 words) of two appropriate common readings
(2) An oral presentation - 10 minutes, plus 10 minutes for Q/As and discussion - on a scientific topic of the student's choice

The critical review counts for 60% of the overall mark, and the oral presentation for 40% of the overall mark. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40% in the combined mark (and a minimum of 30% in each component).
Special Arrangements
This course runs as the second half of the new Integrated Foundation Programme for international students. Students are expected to have taken Semester 1 course ENAI07007. Contact the Course Secretary for details.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus CSE EAP 2 comprises five main strands:

- "Scientific Writing" focuses on the basic IMRAD structure of academic reports (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion), the use of appropriate language (e.g. passive and nominalisation) as well as graphs/tables, numbers and abbreviations.

- "Research and Referencing" introduces the students to academic conventions of citation, use of supporting evidence and argument, acknowledgment of sources (to prevent plagiarism), forms of citation and bibliographic documentation.

- "Vocabularies of Science" continues from Semester 1. The students work in parallel, identifying and analysing new technical lexis in their School readings. Vocabulary development activities include the use of software allowing English learners to analyse texts into general, academic and specialist/technical lexis.

- "Writing a Critical Review" introduces students to the critical review genre and prepares them for the critical review assessment.

- In 8 "Presentation Skills" sessions (weeks 1-8) the students practise the key sub-skills required to give effective oral presentations: structuring; introducing the presentation; emphasis and phrasing; using visual aids; concluding; and handling questions. In the final two weeks of the course, the students have a further five sessions to deliver an assessed individual presentation.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary (2011) Cambridge University Press.

Griffiths P., Brooks J. and de Witt R. (2007) Scientific Writing. Reading: Garnet Education. ISBN 978-1-85964-92-37.

Manning A., O'Cain A. and Brooks J. (2007) Research and Referencing. Reading: Garnet Education. ISBN 978-1-85964-92-44.

Swan M. and Walter C. (1997) How English Works. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-194314-57-2.

Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsEnglish for Academic Purposes Study skills
Course organiserMr David Caulton
Tel: (0131 6)50 6200
Course secretaryMr Anthony Elloway
Tel: (0131 6)50 6200
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