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8010060 English for Postgraduate Students, 4 Cp 
Code 8010060  Validity 01.08.2010 - 31.07.2018
Name English for Postgraduate Students  Abbreviation EPS 
Credits4 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeGraduate Studies Subject0001 Language Centre Studies 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   GradingFail-Pass 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Language Centre, shared activities (J,K) 

Learning outcomes 

The main aim of the course is to help participants become better writers. They will learn about the importance of considering audience, structure and purpose, and become familiar with formal scientific/ scholarly discourse and Anglo-American rhetorical conventions.  


This advanced writing course for PhD students focuses on writing research papers, with a special focus on research article and
conference abstracts. The course is genre-based and involves techniques of rhetorical consciousness-raising.Students investigate writing
conventions in various fields, work on incorporating devices to improve flow and coherence of writing, and learn the grammar and semantics
of academic writing. Students give oral feedback in class on excerpts from research articles written by their classmates. They also give
written comments on another article excerpt in pairs. They receive feedback from their teacher on their excerpts for both in-class
discussion and the final pair activity

Modes of study 

Participation in teaching and completion of course assignments. 

Teaching methods 

Teaching methods used (e.g. lectures, tutorials, oral and written pair and group exercises, self-study/independent learning tasks, summaries). One-on-one consultations are an integral part of the course. Activities include small group work, analysis of academic texts, revising of writing, and tutorial sessions.

Total working hours for each student 108 hours. Maximum contact hours 48, some of which can be otherwise arranged with the lecturer and the participants.

Minimum attendance requirement in contact teaching: 80%. Some of the teaching can be arranged to suit the teacher and the group .    

Study materials 

Students may buy on their own a copy of Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills (John M Swales & Christine B Feak. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press) prior to the start of the course. Another book recommended is Scientific Writing 2.0: A Reader and Writer's Guide (Jean-Luc Lebrun. Singapore: World Scientific).

Evaluation criteria 

Continous assessment.


Offering data 

The course is aimed at University of Eastern Finland post-graduate students.

Further information 

No exemptions.

The course is NOT aimed at international master´s degree students or exchange students.



Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

Future exams
No exams