2020 LST Academic Writing 2 B

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Graduate major in Life Science and Technology
Takeuchi Craig 
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Course description and aims

Expository writing or academic writing is a type of writing that is used to convey information correctly and effectively to those who do not have prior knowledge of the topic. Knowledge and skills for expository writing are essential for students' future career, as professional members in society are asked to write a number of documents and reports. In this course, the instructor will help students learn how to write grammatically correct and coherent, logical texts on a given topic in English in a small class setting. The instructor is a native English speaker with a lot of experience in research and writing papers and patents at academic institutions and in the pharmaceutical industry.

The aim of this course is to help students learn how to write grammatically correct and coherent, logical texts on research topics or any other topics of interest.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
1. give descriptions of people, machinery and objects in English.
2. give explanations for observations made in experiments in English.
3. compare and contrast objects of interest in English.
4. write grammatically correct and coherent, logical paragraphs in English.


Academic writing, Expository writing

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The flow of each class is basically as follows: (1) Introduction to each topic, (2) class or group discussion to unpack ideas and expand ideas on a specific topic, (3) session of technical vocabulary and definitions, (4) impromptu writing, and (5) homework writing assignment.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Level Check/ Orientation/ Rules Students should understand the outline and class rules for the course.
Class 2 Introduction to Academic Writing Students should be able to identify differences between academic and non-academic writing.
Class 3 How to Write an Introduction Students should be able to write an introduction to describe a new topic or concept.
Class 4 Definitions/ Vocabulary/ Word Origin Students should be able to write simple or extended definitions for technical terms in their study field.
Class 5 How to Write About a Technical Process Students should be able to write a description about a technical process.
Class 6 How to Write Descriptions of Devices or Machinery Students should be able to write a description about a technical device or machinery.
Class 7 How to Write Instructions for a Procedure Students should be able to write instructions for a procedure.
Class 8 Compare and Contrast Students should be able to compare and contrast two objects or concepts based on characteristics.
Class 9 How to Prepare Visual Aids of Tabulated Data Students should be able to prepare visual aids from tabulated data.
Class 10 Results and Discussion Students should be able to write a discussion about results for a poster or paper.
Class 11 Abstracts and Research Poster Students should be able to write an abstract for a research poster.
Class 12 Preparing a Research Poster Students should be able to prepare a research poster based on experimental results.
Class 13 Poster presentations Students should be able to present a research poster.
Class 14 Final class/ Short Test Short comprehensive test based on writing exercises in the class.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Great Writing 5: From Great Essays to Research, 3rd ed. (Keith Folse & Tison Pugh), Cengage, ISBN: 978-1285194967

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Specified by the instructor as necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assignments 60%
Participation 15%
Poster/Exam 25%

Related courses

  • LST.A416 : LST Academic Writing 1

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

English learners at any level are welcome.

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