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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : English - Academic (International Students Only)

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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCSE 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).
Course description 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.

N.B. You will need to purchase two textbooks:
1. Griffiths, P. Scientific Writing Garnet Education ISBN 9781782601807.
2. Ward, J. & E. Wilding Research and Online Sources Garnet Education ISBN 9781782601814.
Available at Blackwells bookshop on South Bridge, or online.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course runs as the second half of the Global Select Pathway Programme for international students. Students are expected to have taken Semester 1 course ENAI07007.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 66, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 130 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 50 %
Additional Information (Assessment) (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).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognise and use the overall structure of scientific written reports and their typical linguistic characteristics
  2. Use appropriate citation and referencing as required in academic reports
  3. Understand and apply specialist vocabulary encountered in Semester 2 readings for CSE School core and option courses
  4. Prepare and deliver an effective academic presentation
Reading List
Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary (2011) Cambridge University Press.

Griffiths, P. Scientific Writing Garnet Education ISBN 9781782601807.

Ward, J. & E. Wilding Research and Online Sources Garnet Education ISBN 9781782601814.

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

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course runs as the second half of the Global Select Pathway Programme for international students. Students are expected to have taken Semester 1 course ENAI07007. Contact the Course Secretary for details.
Additional Class Delivery Information This class runs on three afternoons (Monday to Wednesday), at the same time each day.
KeywordsEnglish for Academic Purposes Study skills
Course organiserMr David Caulton
Tel: (0131 6)50 6200
Course secretaryMs Kathryn Redpath
Tel: (0131 6)50 9429
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