Academic Writing Basics
Are you new to the world of academia? Learn the strategies you need to evaluate and analyse written texts so you can write academic essays that show what you know in a clear, logical way.
Presented by Dr Bradley Rea and Rebecca Morris
Academic writing uses a specific style and tone. It's formal, structured, and backed up by evidence. Learning to write academically is a foundational skill for any university program.
This course introduces you to the skills required for academic writing. You'll learn to use a range of reading and research strategies to evaluate and analyse your sources. You'll also learn how to structure the information you've gathered in a concise, logical way.
Throughout the course your presenters will provide guidance and feedback to help you improve your academic writing skills as you work towards developing a complete academic essay.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
It’s for anyone looking to understand what academic writing is and improve their skills to support their future academic pursuits.
This course is ideal for secondary students, school leavers, those with English as a second language, and anyone who wants to hone their academic writing skills.
Module 1: Academic Reading and Secondary Research
Learn how to use a range of reading strategies to evaluate written texts for academic purposes.
Module 2: Essay Structure and Paragraph Unity
Understand the basic structure of an academic essay and how to write a unified, coherent paragraph.
Module 3: Formal Writing, Editing, and Proofreading
Understand the differences between formal and informal writing styles and learn effective editing and proofreading strategies.
- Module 1 = 30% (submit assignment 1)
- Module 2 = 30% (submit assignment 2)
- Module 3 = 40% (submit assignment 3)
Bradley William Rea
BA hons, PhD
Bradley Rea is an academic writing educator in UC's Transition Programme. After majoring in Education and English, his love of Sci-fi resulted in a doctoral thesis titled 'Science and Fiction: The Narrative Representation of Evolutionary Theory'. This was likely inspired by repetitively watching Return of the Jedi as a child.
Rebecca Morris has taught academic writing at the University of Canterbury since 2019 and loves teaching this skill to adults.
She believes strongly in the value of being a lifelong learner. There’s something wonderful about being surrounded by individuals embarking on this journey for themselves and being able to offer a bit of support along the way.
Mā te kimi ka kite,
mā te kite ka mōhio,
mā te mōhio ka mārama.
Seek and discover,
discover and know,
know and become enlightened.