Academic writing is a formal, structured and sophisticated writing to fulfill the requirements for a particular field of study. The course aims at providing understanding of writer’s goal of writing (i.e. clear, organized and effective content) and to use that understanding and awareness for academic reading and writing. The objectives of the course are to make the students acquire and master the academic writing skills. The course would enable the students to develop argumentative writing techniques. The students would be able to the content logically to add specific details on the topics such as facts, examples and statistical or numerical values.The course will also provide insight to convey the knowledge and ideas in objective and persuasive manner. Furthermore, the course will also enhance the students’ understanding of ethical considerations in writing academic assignments and topics including citation, plagiarism, formatting and referencing the sources as well as the technical aspects involved in referencing.

Learning Outcomes:

This course is helpful for the students as:

  • It will make them learn skills pertaining to academic writing.
  • It will polish their writing skills.
  • It will help the students to learn different strategies in order to enhance their academic vocabulary.
  • It will also help the learners in writing in an appropriate way.

Class: BS Zoology-III (Regular)

Credit Hours: 03

Lecture Days: Thursday and Friday

Lecture Timings: 11.00 a.m to 12.30 p.m.


For evaluation purposes, the students will be assigned with assignments.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Sessional - 20marks
  • Mid Term Exam - 30marks
  • Final Term Exam - 50marks

Recommended Readings:

  1. Swales, J. M., & Feak, C. B. (2017). Academic writing for graduate students: Essential tasks and skills. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.
  2. Bailey, S. (2018). Academic writing: A handbook for international students. New York: Routledge.

Suggested Readings:

  1. Craswell, G. (2004). Writing for academic success. London: SAGE.
  2. Johnson-Sheehan, R. (2019). Writing today. Don Mills, Ontario: Pearson.
  3. Silvia, P. J. (2019). How to write a lot: A practical guide to productive academic writing. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Course Material