UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MARA Faculty of Film, Theatre & Animation COURSE INFORMATION

Course Course Code Credit Hours Contact Hours Semester Status Prerequisite Effective Date Lecturer

ACADEMIC WRITING CTF 412 03 (Core) 02 01 Core None

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust COURSE DESCRIPTION The course introduces students to the fundamentals of academic writing. Students will be taught various style of academic writing. Besides learning of an academic writing, students also will be exposed to the various style of researched writing such as location research, interview, and documentation research. Students will also learn how to produce effective academic writing through researching process: searching for information in print, non-print, and electronic sources; synthesizing what is learned with original ideas and interpretations; organizing the whole; finally writing and revising.
(*This course is equivalent to the faculty‘s course of the diploma programme, students from the diploma programme will be given exemption)

COURSE OUTCOMES Upon completion of the course students should: 1. 2. 3. Be able to analyze critical thinking skills through writing. (C4) Be able to adapt proper methods and types of research in academic writing. (A3) Be able to collect and organize data by using the right sources and material that can be generated in writing. (P5) __________________________________________________________________________________________
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2 4.1 3.6 Qualities of a good topic Topics to avoid Assigned topics Field-of-study topics Free-choice topics Library cataloging customs 3.3 5.2 1.3 3.5 Some limitations you work within Focusing on a subject to research Finding an approach Deciding on an approach before being well informed about your subject Wording your approach 4.3 1.1 4.1 2.1 5. Recording information 5.2 3. Narrowing the topic 3.4 2. Doing the research/ Searching for information 4. Kinds of research What a research paper is Five steps to a research paper Why a research paper is important Choosing a topic 2.5 2.3 4.1 1. Starting the research paper 1.4 2.4 4.4 3.5 Primary and secondary sources Citing specific sources Finding and citing print-on-paper resources Finding and citing electronic resources Finding and citing non-print resources 5.4 Writing notes Plagiarism Legal and Ethical Issues in Research Writing Evaluating source materials __________________________________________________________________________________________ FACULTY COURSE SYLLABUS _________________________________________________________________________________________ _ .3 2.2 2.2 5.SYLABUSS CONTENT The scope of studies includes: 1.

1 8.1 7. Writing the Paper (Part 2) 8.7 6.4 6.2 Drafting Starting the paper 8.3 Ending the paper Revising and editing the paper Selecting a title 10. Writing the Paper (Part 3) 9. Lecture / Notes Tutorial (Discussion / Reading session/Exercise) Practical (Library trip) __________________________________________________________________________________________ FACULTY COURSE SYLLABUS _________________________________________________________________________________________ _ .5 5.2 9.5 Putting the parts together Thesis statement Ways of organizing content Relating organization to overall approach Visual ordering: Clustering and mapping outlines 7.5. Final Project Presentation 13. Final Project Presentation 14. Writing the paper (Part 1) 7.1 9. 3.2 6. Conclusion TEACHING MATERIALS/METHODS 1.3 6.1 6.2 Integrating resource information Recording and punctuating quotations 9. 2. Systems of documentation/ documenting the paper 12. Qualities of good notes Kinds of notes Conventions for writing notes Organizing the paper 6. Systems of documentation/ documenting the paper 11.6 5.

L. theses.. Boston. Roth. R. C. Martin’s Press. Writing research papers: A complete guide. D. & Lester. Martin’s guide to writing. B. Turabian. (1999). & Cooper. (1999).. USA: Heinle & Heinle. and dissertations. R. Technical Communication for Readers and Writers . New York: St. B. (1993). J. Lester.. Brenda R.ASSESSMENT & MARK ALLOCATION Quizzes Group Project: Location Research Presentation of Final Research Paper Individual Project: Final Research Paper Total Recommended Text There are no required texts for the course. The St. 40% 100 30% 10% 20% COURSE SCHEDULE __________________________________________________________________________________________ FACULTY COURSE SYLLABUS _________________________________________________________________________________________ _ . R. A. J... Winkler. & McCuen. R. The St. J. Jr.. A manual for writers of term papers. The research paper. New York: Pearson Longman. C. Martin’s guide to writing. (1985). but the following texts are recommended: Axelrod. R. (2005). A. C. Sr. K. & Cooper. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. USA: Harcourt College Publishers.Martin’s Press. D. J.Sims (2003). Axelrod. Writing the research paper. New York: St. (1985).

WEE K 1 DATES Week 1 CONTENT Course Briefing / Outline Introduction to Research Writing Starting the Research Paper Choosing a Topic A guide: Preparing Proposal NOTES / TUTORIALS/ SCREENINGS Lecture Practical (Viewing) Tutorial (Exercise) Lecture Tutorial (Exercise) Lecture Tutorial (Exercise) Lecture Tutorial (Exercise) 2 Week 2 3 Week 3 4 Week 4 Narrowing the Topic 5 Week 5 Doing the Research/ Searching for Information 6 Week 6 Recording Information MID TERM BREAK Lecture 7 Week 7 Organizing the Paper Lecture 8 Week 8 Writing the Paper Lecture Computer Lab Lecture Computer Lab Computer Lab Tutorial (Exercise) Practical (Library Trip) 9 Week 9 Writing the Paper Systems of Documentation / The Bibliography / Mechanics 10 Week 10 11 Week 11 Systems of Documentation / The Bibliography / Mechanics Tutorial (Exercise) 12 Week 12 Final Project Presentations Tutorial: Discussion Tutorial: Individual Research Paper Supervision Tutorial: Discussion Tutorial: Individual Research Paper Supervision 13 Week 13 Final Project Presentations 14 Week 14 Conclusion Submission of Final Project Research Paper Lecture Tutorial: Individual Research Paper Supervision __________________________________________________________________________________________ FACULTY COURSE SYLLABUS _________________________________________________________________________________________ _ .

quiz dates will not be announced in advance nor will make-ups be permitted. and bibliography. attendance at all classes IS required. magazines. table of contents. Clarity of facts and expression 2. newspapers.10-15 double-spaced pages [for Degree] (not including cover.15 16 17 STUDY WEEK FINAL EXAMINATION SEMESTER BREAK ASSIGNMENT BRIEF & ASSESSMENT CRITERIA Students must successfully complete all five Methods of Assessment listed below in order to achieve a passing grade in CTF 412. For the location research. Criteria for the assessment will be based upon: 1. table of contents. Criteria for the assessment of research paper are as follows: 1. facts. The research paper should be of 7-10 double-spaced pages (not including cover. and appendix) on a topic related to the field of screen arts. Presentation method (and creativity) INDIVIDUAL PROJECT: FINAL RESEARCH PAPER [DOCUMENTATION] (40%) Students are required to write a supervised research paper of 8-12 double-spaced pages [for Diploma]. GROUP PROJECT: INTERVIEW OR LOCATION RESEARCH (30%) Students will be assigned (in groups) an interview or a location research that they have to follow up. Failure to do so may result in marks deduction. No marks will be returned due to absenteeism. For the interview. facts and visuals that they encounter along the way. Criteria for the assessment will be based upon format. QUIZZES (20%) Sporadically. The Research Paper has to be based on facts and issues that they find in printed material. as well as. agreed by WEEK 14. bibliography. oral presentation (of ten to fifteen minutes duration) in which they will present their Final Projects (Research Paper) Findings in as interesting and comprehensible manner as necessary. Understanding and effective deployment of all the research methods taught on the course. students will be required to deliver one formal. without just reason. This being the case. students will be given quizzes based upon lecture notes given. journals. they are required to document their journey in completing the assignment. __________________________________________________________________________________________ FACULTY COURSE SYLLABUS _________________________________________________________________________________________ _ . However. Submission: During the lecture hour in WEEK FINAL RESEARCH PAPER PRESENTATION (10%) During the last three consecutive weeks (beginning Week 12). on-line references and other secondary sources. Students who are absent from class. will have 2 marks deducted from their overall marks. writing style. bibliography and appendix). they are required to interview an individual who is deemed important or significant considering his / her contribution in the field of screen arts. This includes books.

Evidence of individual initiative and resourcefulness in research and writing. spelling. Assignments submitted after the deadline of DATE will be awarded zero. inventiveness and insightfulness of the idea put forward. together with an initial bibliography. 3. to be determined at the discretion of the course lecturer in consultation with the faculty’s divisional chair. Plagiarism Plagiarism means copying or imitating language and ideas of another author and presenting them as your own work. Use of appropriate illustrative material. Plagiarism is a serious academic offence that will result in appropriate penalties. 4. although it will not be formally assigned a mark as part of the course. argument. The source must be cited both in cases of a direct quotation and in cases where students have re-written or paraphrased the original. sentence structure. in Courier New). Plagiarism includes submitting the same work to more than one lecturer for credit in different courses without prior written permission from the lecturers. The aim of an essay is to present your own argument in your own words. 7. Clarity of expression. or their Final Coursework will not be assessed. In the writing of essays the most common form of plagiarism is copying passages from books. for example. Clear structuring of the paper.2. etc. The originality. If you think you might have problems completing or submitting an assignment please contact the lecturer (in advance) to discuss the situation. but for the most part the analysis. bibliography. in terms of. Plagiarism is totally unacceptable because it is a form of intellectual dishonesty. It is usual and indeed commendable to refer to the work and ideas of others as well. articles or internet sources without proper acknowledgement of the source. Prepared by : Certified by : __________________________________________________________________________________________ FACULTY COURSE SYLLABUS _________________________________________________________________________________________ _ . and language must be your own. and argument. 9. 8. 6. conclusion and signposting. 5. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Attendance ABSENTEEISM – Please refer to UiTM Academic Regulations [2003] that state: Students who do not attend classes up to 80% of contact hours WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to sit for Final Exams. because the person concerned is not learning to do things for him/herself. In addition. notes. punctuation. eg. introduction. Deadlines Students must treat their deadlines seriously. All coursework should be submitted on time. Competent and correct use of grammatical and scholarly conventions. Follow a carefully prescribed format of documentation – format of paper to be written in APA style (font size of 12. students must also submit a 2-3 double-spaced pages research proposal for their final project research paper. The ability to cite appropriate evidence in support of the description. description. It is recommended that students consult the Policy on Plagiarism published by the Academic Affairs Division. and because it is extremely unfair to students who do their own work. Penalties will range from failure of an assignment to possible failure of the course.

…….………………………… Putri Tasnim Mohd Arif Lecturer Date: …………………………………………… Umi Kalsom Faculty Course Coordinator Date: __________________________________________________________________________________________ FACULTY COURSE SYLLABUS _________________________________________________________________________________________ _ .