HUM10040 Academic Writing in Practice

Academic Year 2022/2023

Do you know how to go about writing an academic essay? Do you want to know how to develop a convincing argument and thesis statement? Are you keen to develop your research and writing skills? Do you want to learn to effectively use secondary sources? This module will use practice-based learning methods and introduce analytical frameworks that will show how writing and reading are interrelated and core to critical thinking. The module will deal with the construction of your argument by exploring cohesive research practices which will include the evaluation of the incorporation of secondary material, citation issues, and academic integrity. A weekly practice-based workshop will be supported each week by a thematic lecture on a core writing skill. Throughout the module an emphasis will be placed on writing abilities in ways that adequately reflect and support your unique critical insights and your capability as a researcher. Therefore, this module provides students in the Humanities with the foundation for cultivating your essay writing skills to better ensure success throughout the period of your degree and the many jobs and careers that require good writing skills.

This module is suitable for first year students only or those writing academic essays in Humanities subjects for the first time

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students will be able to
● Understand what constitutes a coherent, structured academic essay.
● Appreciate the relationship between reading and writing.
● Critically evaluate and analyse sources
● Incorporate drafting and editing practices into the writing process and understand the value of these skills.
● Apply methodologies to research practices and academic writing practices
● Present a convincing and valid piece of academic writing
● Ultimately, Academic Writing in Practice will provide students in the Humanities with the tools for a higher level of achievement in assignments comprising continuous assessment and their overall GPA result.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active/task-based learning; peer review work; lectures;/seminars critical writing; reflective learning;enquiry & problem-based learning; 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

This module is suitable for first year students only or those writing academic essays in Humanities subjects for the first time.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HUM10010 - Study Skills in the Humanities, HUM10030 - Introduction to Arts

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Attendance and writing tasks varied over the module Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Essay: End of term Essay (2,000 words) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Through each component of assessment, the student will receive both individual written and verbal feedback. Each stage of the assessment is part of the final essay and as such the student will be advised of the improvements necessary to complete a polished piece of academic writing.

Name Role
Dr Scott Hamilton Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Audrey McNamara Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 9 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 12:00 - 12:50