Course Basic Course in Written English - Online

ECTS: 2.5

Course leader: Morten Pilegaard

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Course fee: 3,000.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Fall 2024

Application deadline: 09/09/2024

Cancellation deadline: 23/09/2024

Course type: Online education

Start date: 07/10/2024

Duplicate course

Please do not sign up for more than one course in ”Basic Course in Written English”. If you are available to participate in more than one of the duplicated courses, please indicate in your primary course registration (in the comment box) which course(s) you are also interested in. In case of a duplicate registration, please notice that a full course fee will be charged when reaching the application deadline on all courses.

The Course, A103/107 Basic Course in Written English - ONLINE, is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, 2024.

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Aim: The aim of this course is to impart knowledge about and give course participants an introduction to academic text production in English, applying textual and discourse strategies and methodologies in accordance with the current conventions of written academic English in health sciences.

Learning outcomes:

  •  Knowledge about guidelines and conventions governing the structuring of clinical research papers.
  •  Knowledge of principles of cohesion and thematic structure in research papers.
  •  Knowledge of some of the main differences between English and Danish syntax and grammar.
  •  Ability to describe typical structural and linguistic features of poster, abstract and paper.
  •  Ability to trace errors of syntax and grammar in English-language texts.

Workload: The full workload of the course is expected to be 66 hours.

Content: The student will acquire knowledge about the conventions of specific academic text genres in health sciences; basic textual and discourse features of such genres including their cohesion and coherence;) efficient and effective processes for writing and responding to reviewers; differences between English and Danish grammar and language usage; and proficiency in the production and revision of specific types of academic text genres and text types in accordance with prevailing conventions for presentation, argumentation, summarizing, etc. in qualitative and quantitative research.

Instructors: Morten Pilegaard


Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Health Research Year students and Health Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc collaboration
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses

Course dates:

  • 07 October 2024 08:30 - 12:30
  • 14 October 2024 08:30 - 12:30
  • 21 October 2024 08:30 - 12:30
  • 28 October 2024 08:30 - 12:30