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Course Overview

This compulsory evaluation is designed to find out if your academic writing is of a sufficient standard to enable you to succeed at university and, if you need it, to provide support to improve.  It is completed on-line via MyAberdeen with clear instructions to guide you through it.  If you pass the evaluation at the first assessment it will not take much of your time. If you do not, you will be provided with resources to help you improve. This evaluation does not carry credits but if you do not complete it this will be recorded on your degree transcript.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 0 credits (0 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Hazel Hutchison

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Academic writing is one of the cornerstones of university study. In all disciplines, students (and their teachers) need writing to express their ideas clearly. If things like paragraph structure, verb tenses, or spelling and punctuation are not as they should be, your reader may well be distracted or even confused by these surface problems and may not understand what you are trying to communicate. This short course is designed to find out if your academic writing is of a sufficient standard to enable you to succeed at university and, if you need it, to provide additional support to allow you to do well. There are no timetabled classes for this course but it is compulsory and if you do not complete it this will be recorded on your academic transcript. You will be given clear instructions both within MyAberdeen and by email on how to complete the course.


The course is structured in the following way:


Teaching Week 1

All students will complete an on-line evaluation. This involves writing a summary of a passage of prose (approx. 600 words) in no more than 150 words. The test must be completed in one sitting and within one hour. The summary is marked both on how accurately students summarise the text and how correct they are in their use of grammar, punctuation and spelling. Summaries that are longer than 150 words will lose marks.

If you pass the first test you have completed the evaluation.


Teaching Weeks 2 – 4

Students who have not passed the first test must work through the on-line, interactive resource ‘Improving Your Writing’.


Teaching Week 5

Students who have not passed the first test must take the second test.

If you pass the second test you have completed the evaluation.

If you do not pass the second test you will be required to attend a series of three writing workshops with the Student Learning Service during Weeks 8-10. Details of the workshop schedule will be found on MyAberdeen.  

By attending these workshops you will have completed the evaluation. Registers will be taken at the workshops.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Bachelor of Laws and Spanish Law (with Honours)
  • MA Anthropology
  • MA Anthropology - Celtic and Anglo-Saxon
  • MA Anthropology-Archaeology
  • MA Anthropology-English
  • MA Anthropology-Film & Visual Culture
  • MA Anthropology-French
  • MA Anthropology-French (Mode B)
  • MA Anthropology-Gaelic Studies
  • MA Anthropology-Geography
  • MA Anthropology-German
  • MA Anthropology-Hispanic Studies
  • MA Anthropology-Hispanic Studies (Mode B)
  • MA Anthropology-History
  • MA Anthropology-International Relations
  • MA Anthropology-Philosophy
  • MA Anthropology-Politics
  • MA Anthropology-Psychology
  • MA Anthropology-Religious Studies
  • MA Anthropology-Sociology
  • MA Behavioural Studies-Sociology
  • MA Business Man - International Relations
  • MA Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies - Gaelic
  • MA Geography-International Relations
  • MA Geography-Sociology
  • MA International Relations-Lang Linguistics
  • MA International Relations-Legal Studies
  • MA International Relations-Psychology
  • MA International Relations-Religious Studies
  • MA International Relations-Sociology
  • MA Legal Studies-Politics
  • MA Politics and International Relations
  • MA Politics-Sociology
  • MA Psychology-Sociology
  • MA Sociology
  • Master Of Arts Anthropology-Spanish & Latin American Studies
  • Master Of Arts In Gaelic Studies-Theology & Religious Studs

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