Engineering Language Unit

English: Writing Skills Workshop - Planning and Writing the Literature Review

Provided by: ELU

Tue 19 Nov 2013  –  Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 3B

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Description: This is one in a series of five Scientific Writing Skills Workshops tailored to the needs of Native and Non-native 1st Year PhD students MPhil (Res).

  • Planning and Writing the Literature Review (see topics covered section for more details)

The following workshops are also available:

  • Presenting your results and findings
  • Working on the Discussions and Conclusions Sections
  • What makes a good abstract and title?
  • Preparing successful poster presentations

Target audience:

  • Native AND Non-Native 1st Year PhD students MPhil (Res) from the Department of Engineering
  • Further details regarding Engineering Language Unit's eligibility criteria are available

Duration: One two-hour session


Number of sessions: 1

Date Time Venue Trainer
Tue 19 Nov 11:00 - 13:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 3B A.J. Tomura


  • Workshops are ‘hands-on’ where students work with, and edit text from a variety of sources relevant to their specialist field.
  • Students’ work-in-progress and papers they are reading are used wherever possible to develop their awareness of good writing and critical ability.
  • Students are encouraged to work in groups and share ideas- from student feedback on these workshops, it has been noted that peer feedback was found to play a key role in their success.

Frequency: As required.


  • To develop students’ awareness of the reader’s aims
  • To write in a clearer and more concise way in order to communicate ideas successfully
  • To Inform you about what it means to be a successful writer and the importance of context (e.g. who is your reader, what are your assumptions about their knowledge of the topic?)

Topics covered: In this Workshop we will be drawing on published papers to discover what makes a good literature review in terms of, for example, consensus of view, current debate and controversies and ‘state of the art. If you are either planning or writing a literature review this is a good opportunity for you to discuss your text or plans and exchange ideas about how we go about finding relevant literature and organizing this important section.

Related courses:

Theme: English