04-606   Academic Skills for Engineers I

Location: Africa

Units: 6

Semester Offered: Fall

Course description

This course aims to introduce students to a range of academic skills to support them in their MSc
programs. The skills will include identifying credible sources, describing graphs, processes and changes as well as longer pieces of academic writing such as essays and reports.

This course is offered on a pass/no pass basis.

Learning objectives

The primary aim of this course is to increase students’ ability to communicate effectively in an English language academic context by developing their research and writing skills. Its secondary aims are to enhance higher order thinking aptitudes and independent learning.


By the end of the course, students will be better able to identify, analyze and construct arguments in academic style, supported by clear reasoning and evidence.

Content details

  • Describing a graph, a process and a change
  • Constructing a logical and persuasive argument
  • Lexical range and precision.
  • Academic style
  • Report and essay writing




Glen Thompson