Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani

Writing Practice


Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Santosh Mahapatra
Spandan Bhattacharya

Instructors: Santosh Mahapatra

Intermediate level

Recommended experience

37 hours to complete
3 weeks at 12 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Apply principles of writing when planning and composing academic texts.

  • Use elements of academic writing with brainstorming, organizing, and presenting ideas and information.

  • Produce paragraphs for academic purposes.

  • Paraphrase and summarise academic texts.

Skills you'll gain

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June 2024


61 quizzes, 1 assignment

Taught in English

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There are 6 modules in this course

This module introduces you to the course. The course introductory video orients you to the skills and knowledge you will acquire through this course. You will also meet and greet your peers around the globe through a discussion prompt.

What's included

1 video1 discussion prompt

This module introduces you to the course and some of the fundamental aspects of academic writing. You will explore the purpose, types, and features of academic writing. You will also gain insights into issues of originality, integrity, and plagiarism in academic writing. You will learn how originality in writing involves following academic norms and respecting intellectual property rights when gathering and presenting ideas. You will learn that integrity is a related concept, and it comes into play when the author learns to build on others’ ideas without claiming the borrowed ideas or words as zir own. You will also learn when one claims others’ work or ideas as one’s own, and how it amounts to plagiarism.

What's included

13 videos11 readings12 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In this module, you will review the process of gathering ideas, writing the topic sentences, supporting details, and the concluding sentence in a paragraph using signposts for connecting ideas within it. You will learn about gathering ideas through brainstorming that may involve strategies like idea map creation, establishing connections among the generated ideas, and keeping the paragraph focused in terms of content. In the next step, you will create a topic sentence that captures the main idea of the paragraph. You will learn how the topic sentences are followed by adequate and focused supporting ideas or details. Lastly, you will also learn a concluding sentence which reaffirms that the topic sentence helps you bring the paragraph to a proper end.

What's included

14 videos21 readings13 quizzes1 discussion prompt

This module focuses on writing argumentative, cause-effect, and comparison paragraphs. You will learn about argumentative paragraphs focusing on supporting or opposing claims to convince or persuade readers. You will then learn about the cause-effect paragraphs illustrating the reasons behind certain events and connect the results with the reasons. You will also learn about comparison paragraphs highlighting the similarities and differences between two objects or ideas.

What's included

13 videos12 readings12 quizzes1 discussion prompt

This module focuses on writing paragraphs on problem-solution, process, and visual information. You will learn about problem-solution paragraphs that typically describe a problem and a solution to the problem. You will learn how process paragraphs usually explain the steps to achieve certain results. You will also gain insights into how paragraphs, based on visual information, often describe information presented through tables and diagrams.

What's included

13 videos10 readings12 quizzes1 discussion prompt

This module focuses on the elements of academic writing. You will learn how to use language in a grammatically correct manner, especially punctuation and articles. You will familiarize yourself with the use of conditionals in academic writing. You will explore the utility of paraphrasing and summarizing in academic writing and how to paraphrase and summarize academic texts systematically.

What's included

13 videos10 readings12 quizzes1 assignment1 discussion prompt


Santosh Mahapatra
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
1 Course500 learners
Spandan Bhattacharya
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
1 Course500 learners

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