QUSU06034 2019 Report Writing and Academic Writing

General Details

Full Title
Report Writing and Academic Writing
Transcript Title
Report Writing and Academic Wr
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Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Leigh McLoughlin
Programme Membership
SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_CCONS_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics SG_JQUAN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying

This module is designed to introduce the students to the Higher Education environment.  Specifically, students will identify, explore and evaluate their own learning, researching, reading, writing, presentation skills and in doing so identify areas for improvement. This module will provide the opportunity for students to develop their academic learning strategies; strengthen their academic writing and reading approaches; demonstrate their analytical and critical thinking styles; and evaluate the reliability of various sources of knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Develop the skills required to write an academic report.


Identify critical thinking skills and use them to analysis various texts.


Evaluate the reliability and effectiveness of various sources of knowledge.


Demonstrate the ability to collect, organise and format references when carrying out research.


Explain the process of academic writing in Higher Education.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered through lectures and tutorials.

Moodle is used by lecturers to direct and manage the learning process and facilitates: Formal Learning: posting of lecture notes and continuous assessments, additional resources and supporting documents. Links to websites. remote collaboration on group work (discussion boards, collaborative document editing) Informal Learning: social communication between learners (discussion boards, chat rooms, Wikis, blogs) learner journals (reflective journals, e-portfolios).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Academic Writing Process:

  • Approaches to writing,
  • Academic writing style - strengthening formal expression,
  • Structuring academic writing - clarity, consistency and cohesion,
  • Drafting and formatting ideas - paraphrasing, plagiarism.
  • Managing the process,
  • Citing and Referencing Conventions,
  • Drafting content in Microsoft Word.

2. Report Writing:

  • Significance of reports,
  • Characteristics and definitions,
  • Types of Reports,
  • Structure of Reports.

3. Critical Thinking

  • The value of critical thinking,
  • Personal strategies and barriers to critical thinking,
  • Evaluating a point of view,
  • Supporting arguments and conclusions,
  • Expressing and supporting personal opinion.

4. Source of Knowledge

  • Accessing the range of sources - written: journals, electronic media, newspapers.
  • Evidence - reliability and validity,
  • Textual bias.



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assignment 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Report Writing and Academic Writing 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Report Writing and Academic Writing 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2008-05-01 Writing At University: A Guide For Students McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335221165 ISBN-13 0335221165
Recommended Reading
2017-03-14 Critical Thinking Skills Red Globe Press
ISBN 1137550503 ISBN-13 9781137550507
Recommended Reading
2018-01-22 How to Write Better Essays Red Globe Press
ISBN 1352001144 ISBN-13 9781352001143
Recommended Reading
2018-03-12 Success in Academic Writing Red Globe Press
ISBN 1352002043 ISBN-13 9781352002041
Recommended Reading
2010-02-01 The Complete Guide To Referencing And Avoiding Plagiarism McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335241033 ISBN-13 0335241034
Recommended Reading
2016-05-06 Cite Them Right Palgrave
ISBN 1137585048 ISBN-13 9781137585042

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources


URL Resources

IT Sligo Library - Academic Writing: http://libguides.itsligo.ie/academic-writing/writing

IT Sligo Library - Referencing: https://library.itsligo.ie/referencing/

IT Sligo Library - Study Skills: https://library.itsligo.ie/study-skills/

Academic Phrasebank: http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/


Other Resources


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