Course Syllabus for

Academic Writing for Publication in the Engineering and Science Disciplines
Akademiskt skrivande för publicering inom teknik- och naturvetenskaperna

GEM065F, 6 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2013
Decided by: FN1/Anders Gustafsson, FN2/Eva Nordberg Karlsson, FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2013-05-28

General Information

Division: Doctoral Research Training
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is to offer participants an opportunity to improve their communicative strategies and academic writing skills to meet disciplinary demands. An explicit aim is to increase the participants’ awareness of the prevailing publication conventions in their specific field of study, with a primary focus on research articles.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

General academic writing, discipline-specific academic writing, discourse analysis, process-oriented writing, rhetorical structures, English written proficiency, communicative strategies, peer response, publication conventions.

Course Literature

Reading material will be distributed by the course instructor.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, exercises. The course comprises a series of lectures, workshops and tutorials combined with group exercises and individual assignments.

Examination Details

Examination format: Written assignments. For a Pass on the course, the participant must have attended at least 80 % of the scheduled activities and completed all assignments in the course.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: To be admitted to the course applicants have to be part of a PhD programme at LTH.
Selection criteria: Priority is given to: 1) PhD students who have previously applied to the course and were eligible at the time, 2) PhD students with the earliest admittance dates to the PhD studies.

Further Information

It is expected that applicants are sufficiently far along in their research process that they can start drafting sections of a research paper.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Lene Nordrum <>
Web page:

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