Postgraduate course

Academic Writing for Master´s and PhD Students in Language and Linguistics

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeDASP307
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

Based on text theory, argumentation and genre analysis, the course will introduce the student to the structure and language use in articles in linguistics, computational linguistics and the language sciences. Furthermore, the course deals with references, choice of title, and summaries. The course also focuses on linguistic terminology and appropriate scientific style in the language sciences. The course also covers efficient use and graphical representation of special text elements with special relevance for the language scienes such as linguistic examples with glosses and translations, flow charts, tables, tree structures, output from statistics programs, phonetic and foreign alphabets, computer programs and mathematical formulas.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to

- use a writing method and style which is appropriate for scientific articles, master's and PhD theses according to text theoretical principles and the writing traditions in the language sciences;

- account for how a text is structured with respect to text theory, genre, language use and argumentation;

- use their skills in text structuring and graphical representation.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

Open to all who have been admitted to PhD studies, the master's program in Linguistics or Natural Language Processing or another language related master's program at the University of Bergen.

Students at other programs than General linguistics or Natural Language Processing may have to apply to their own departments to be allowed to take the course as a part of their master's degree.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Interactive lectures with discussion and exercises, about 2 hours per week. Students will

¿ analyze texts and distinguish between appropriate and less appropriate structure, use of language, argumentation and visual representations;

¿ correct problematic use of language and linguistic terminology (Norwegian and/or English) in text drafts;

¿ structure a substantial text and build up an argumentation from a linguistic research question;

¿ choose a title and write a summary.

Students will efficiently represent and use the following elements in an argumentation:

¿ linguistic examples with glosses and translations;

¿ formulas and tables;

¿ tree structures, flow charts and other figures;

¿ computer programs and lists;

¿ phonetic and foreign alphabets.

If fewer than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department¿s guidelines regarding this on ¿Mitt UiB¿. For courses where this is a possibility, the students get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semester registration February 1 / September 1.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

In order to have the right to hand in the exam work, each student will provide a plan or draft of an article or thesis at the seminar. On this plan or draft the student will receive supervision, normally in the form of at least one meeting with the supervisor. This plan or draft should be the starting point for the text to be handed in as a term paper.

Forms of Assessment

Term paper in the form of a short independent scientific text. This work should document that the student has aquired knowledge and skills according to the goals of the course. The length of the text should be about 1500 words (not including references, appendices and notes).

Grading Scale


Reading List

Literature related to scientific rhetorics and text analysis, and a collection of representative scientific texts. For demonstrations of text preparation tools, computers and software supporting open formats for texts and bibliographies (e.g. LaTeX/BibTeX) will be used.

The reading list consists of about 150 pages and a web-based course of about 22 webpages.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation of the offered course will be carried out in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assessment system.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assessment

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Part 1

      Submission deadline
      20.09.2017, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Part 2

      Submission deadline
      20.09.2017, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Part 3

      Submission deadline
      20.09.2017, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Part 4

      Submission deadline
      20.09.2017, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Part 5

      Submission deadline
      20.09.2017, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam