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LSP504 - Technical writing for master's studies
Kursplanen fastställd 2011-02-24 av programansvarig (eller motsvarande)
Ägare: SPRAK
7,5 Högskolepoäng
Betygskala: TH - Fem, Fyra, Tre, Underkänt
Utbildningsnivå: Avancerad nivå

Undervisningsspråk: Svenska

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0111 Projekt 7,5hp Betygskala: TH   3,0hp 4,5hp    


LSP502   Technical writing for master's studies LSP503   Technical writing for master's studies


Univ adjunkt Rebecca Bergman
Univ lektor Magnus Gustafsson

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Kursspecifika förkunskaper

The course aims at students with an upper intermediate to advanced level of English. A prerequisite is therefore that students have a good level of written proficiency already at the start of the course. For example, the student should have a level equivalent to the English for Engineers course. A diagnostic test may be used to test whether applicants have an appropriate level of proficiency in English to be registered to the course.


The purpose of the course is to give the students tools for writing at Master's level, particularly as regards writing the Master¿s thesis and reporting technical studies. This involves a process oriented approach to writing. It also involves learning how to develop text documents systematically and to communicate technical, empirical work effectively in writing and speaking.

Lärandemål (efter fullgjord kurs ska studenten kunna)

  • analyse and produce different parts of a Master¿s thesis or equivalent technical documents
  • present technical information written and orally in accurate, communicative and visually appealing ways
  • write in an academically relevant style
  • produce a range of genres from report writing to letter writing to oral presentation
  • produce a range of text types typical for technical communication including data commentaries and problem solution texts
  • develop a systematic process oriented way of working with writing, i.e. the student should be able to document and retrospectively reflect on their writing process
  • give and receive feedback on written work in an effective and appropriate way
  • process reading material for the purpose of documenting a technical project/study
  • reference sources in a correct way


    Technical Writing for Master¿s Studies is an optional English communication course, which is aimed at Master's students across disciplines.

    The course comprises two parts and takes place over two study periods. The first part of the course (Part A) focuses on specific texts types and writing conventions. It includes:
  • descriptions, data commentary, problem-solution texts
  • discussing texts produced by other students
  • revising and editing texts
  • using technical texts as sources for writing
  • sentence and paragraph structures
  • style and correctness

    Part B focuses on reporting and communicating a technical study, in writing as well as orally including:
  • the organization and layout of a report /academic document
  • writing abstracts, introductions and conclusions
  • the use of graphics to present technical information
  • conventions for paraphrasing and referencing
  • creating a poster
  • giving an oral presentation


    The course participants will meet once a week for a seminar. These consist of lectures and discussions with the focus being on typical problems students experience in technical writing. Assignments are compulsory.


    See course homepage.


    The course grades are based on the compulsory assignments handed in during the course.

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