Course detail

Academic Writing

FAST-BYA11Acad. year: 2018/2019

Introducing the canonical sections of a scientific paper in international journals and proceedings (IMRAD, etc.).
Explaining the structuring of scientific paper, paragraphing, quotating and references.
Practise in writing abstracts and short scientific papers.
How to use the vocabulary and phraseology precisely.


Institute of Social Sciences (SPV)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student will know basic types of academic papers, will know the canonical division into sections, and their contents.
They will know how to work with professional vocabulary from authentic texts, choose suitable conjunctions, work with dictionaries.
They will understand common in-text abbreviations, style of titles, and the goals of scientific papers.
They will know how to write a standard abstract for a conference, elaborate and distribute the research outcome into individual sections, write a summary.
They will know how to suggest several types of paper titles.


Knowledge of general English at the B1 level according to CERF.



Recommended optional programme components


Recommended or required reading

Terry, Wilson: Focus on Academic Skills. London: Pearson Longman, 2006.
Čmejrková, Daneš: Jak napsat odborný text.. Praha: Leda, 1999.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is based on the study of authentic academic texts online on Moodle, active discussion about language problems in seminars, and written asigments to practice the attained knowledge followed by a lecturer´s feedback.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

To be able to get their credits, students need to attend classes regularly (max. 3 absences/semester), do their homework and actively participate in the lessons.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Introducing students to the methods of scientific text in English (goals, methods, style), structure and referencing

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-P-C-A Master's

    branch ARS , 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, elective

  • Programme N-P-C-GK Master's

    branch G , 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, elective

Type of course unit



26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to the style of academic English, types of academic papers.
2. Requirements and aims of academic papers, template.
3. Brief characteristics of each section of a academic paper, contents and form of Introduction.
4. Contents and form of the section Methods and Materials.
5. Contents and form of the section Results.
6. Contents and form of the section Conclusion.
7. Contents and form of the section Discussion.
8. Contents and form of the section Abstract
9. Title and its types, paragraphing.
10. Common in-text abbreviations, quotations.
11. Consultation of seminar papers.
12. Discussion of common mistakes in written texts (Czenglish).
13. Test.