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Tue 23 Oct 2012
11:00 - 13:00

Venue: Department of Engineering, CLIC 1

Provided by: Engineering Centre for Languages & Inter-Communication


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English: Researcher Development Writing Skills Workshop - Planning and Writing the Literature Review (Native and Nonnative PhD Engineering Students and Postdocs ONLY)

Tue 23 Oct 2012


This is one in a series of five Scientific Writing Skills Workshops tailored to the needs of the PhD/PostDoc Engineering student.

  • 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 PhD and PostDocs from the Department of Engineering
  • Further details regarding Engineering Language Unit's eligibility criteria are available

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
2 Tue 23 Oct 2012   11:00 - 13:00 11:00 - 13:00 Department of Engineering, CLIC 1 map Dr D.M.A. Chappell
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.

  • 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?)
  • 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.

Course syllabus is available


One two-hour session


One each term

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