MA Class 2012 in Business English

One can emphasizing particularly that we want to develop this course with the stress on scientific research because very often graduates can't learn how to prepare good essays and research projects just by reading the subject textbooks.

There is a lot of knowledge that a student is expected to somehow 'pick up': what good research looks like; how researchers express themselves; what is a good and bad place to start from. The alert student will gather some of this information piecemeal from tutorials, feedback on written work, talking to other students and so on; but there is usually no way of being sure that you have done all the right things until the work comes back marked.

From the maker's point of view, there are certain things that a piece of work can contain which will make it look credible. There are other things that, at best, give the impression that the student has no ability in or commitment to the subject, or, at worst, make it impossible to assess at all. Yet many of the things that can damn an essay or project are just to do with having the knack of how to write on that subject. Namely that this course is intended, primarily, for graduates who are expected to engage in research-type project work. However, those embarking on postgraduate research, particularly if they have not previously done data analysis in sciences will find the course a useful source of basic procedural information and references to key texts. Secondary- and high-school students engaged in project work should also find it approachable, even if it sometimes assumes more technical knowledge than they yet have.