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  • Academic Writing

    1. 1. WRITING IN ACADEMIA Mathias Klang klang@ituniv.se
    2. 2. WHAT IS AN ESSAY? Excercise in the clear presentation of evidence, reasons and arguments to arrive at a conlcusion.
    3. 3. Every essay should have: • Plan & Structure • Definitions of key concepts • ARGUMENT, critical thinking • Readable English & Accurate spelling • References • No unnecessary points
    4. 4. “I CAN’T WRITE…” Writing is a process Not an automatic skill Learning by doing and practicing Laziness Write and re-write Work with your text Spelling and grammar
    5. 5. Structure • Title page • Introduction • Purpose/Question • Background • Theory • Related Work • Method • Result • Discussion • Conclusion • References Objective Analysis and conclusions drawn from material
    6. 6. TIME Simple math When is it due? Length? ”simple” mathematics Advanced math weekends Boredom I never thought it would happen…
    7. 7. WRITING Do NOT begin at the beginning Borrow/steal ideas & text for inspiration (beware plagiarism) Write down ideas straight away!
    8. 8. GETTING STARTED Pictures Brainstorming Mindmaps Notebooks Read similar stuff Write down every ”aha”
    9. 9. Why does anyone read essays? • One of the primary hurdles in getting people to read your paper is getting them to read the content of the paper. If the title is misleading, and if the abstract and introduction do not manage to establish the setting in an interesting way, chances are that the reader will not go any further, unless they are very devoted to the topic, appointed reviewers (in which case you are in trouble anyway), or a close friend. (Sørensen)
    10. 10. WHO READS IT? Compulsory Family Grades Opponent Interest Supervisor Future employers
    11. 11. Catch the reader • Know what your question is • Know why your question is important • Tell us quickly • Avoid poetry
    12. 12. BORROWING, COPYING AND PLAGIARISM
    13. 13. What’s wrong with Copy Paste
    14. 14. Attempt to deceive • By using non-permitted aids or in other ways attempt to deceive in connection with examinations or other occasions when student work is assessed.
    15. 15. TACK!
    16. 16. Information • All images from/alla bilder från www.flickr.com (unless specifically stated), (om ej annat anges) • Image & licensing info in the notes section of slides/bild & licensinfo finns i anteckningsdelen för varje slide • Presentation licensed/Presentation licensierad under: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA • The presentation can be downloaded from/Presentationen kan laddas ner från: www.slideshare.net/klang • More information about me/för mer information om mig: www.techrisk.se & www.digital-rights.net

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