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HUMS501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research

The theoretical and practical tools needed by graduate research students to achieve effective communication of their academic ideas in both print and other media.

Designed for postgraduate students, this paper focuses on practical approaches to conveying your point using research drawn from your chosen discipline. Multidisiciplinary by nature, this paper will broaden your understanding of different approaches while deepening your appreciation of why scholars in your subject adopt particular approaches and techniques.

Paper title Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
Paper code HUMS501
Subject Humanities
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,162.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
For students enrolled in the coursework option for the MA; others may enrol by permission of the paper co-ordinator.

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Shef Rogers

Teaching Arrangements
  • Weekly bad sentence blog (10%)
  • Class discussion prompt document (10%)
  • Revision exercise (20%)
  • 7–8 min. oral presentation (20%)
  • 2500-word formal prose essay (30%)
  • Publication venue analysis (10%)

Set texts:

  • Yellowlees Douglas, The Reader's Brain: How Neuroscience Can Make You a Better Writer (Cambridge, 2015)

Recommended texts:

  • Wayne C. Booth et al., The Craft of Research, 4th ed (Chicago, 2016)
  • Eric Hayot, The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities (Columbia University Press, 2014)

Optional texts:

  • Joseph Bizup and Joseph M.Williams, Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (Pearson, 2014; widely available secondhand).
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong Learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical Thinking, Cultural Understanding, Ethics, Teamwork, Self-Motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to

  • Understand the concepts of: audience, genre, discourse, mode, intertextuality, metadiscourse, grammar, voice, and style
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of modes, including oral, print (formal academic), digital, graphical
  • Recognise and analyse examples of effective writing in their own and other discourse communities
  • Give and receive effective peer feedback on writing
  • Write for a variety of audiences
  • Present orally to both academic and general audiences
  • Self-edit for coherence and cohesion
  • Give and receive scholarly criticism appropriately
  • Recognise implicit aims and explicitly articulate and address them

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41