Academic Writing

By Dr Ajay Semalty   |   HNB Garhwal University (A Central University) Srinagar Garhwal (Uttarakhand)
Learners enrolled: 8645
  Number of Credits :-4
Myself, Dr Ajay Semalty, from HNB Garhwal University (A Central university) Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand welcome you on behalf of our entire team. After the two successful run of the course in last two cycles, we are proud to present India's most popular SWAYAM MOOC which got maximum number of exam registration (among all the SWAYAM MOOCs) and has been listed in top 30 MOOCs worldwide (http://tiny.cc/pib27april2020). So far, more than 20000 learners across more than 85 countries have taken the advantage of the course.  

In academic and research, who does not want the publications? In spite of being the vital requirement in academic & research career there is no comprehensive set up of learning academic writing in the knowledge domain.  This course aims to fill this gap by providing the fundamental knowledge required for effective and result oriented academic writing. It is a foundation course and the application of this knowledge completely depends on an individual learner and his or her area of research.

Objectives of Course

Upon completing the course, one would be able 

1. To differentiate between various kind of academic writings.
2. To identify and avoid the plagiarism.
3. To practice the basic skills of performing quality literature review.
4. To practice the basic skills of research paper, review paper and thesis writing.
5. To target the research work to suitable journal and communicate for publication
6. To practice the Time and team management.
7. To practice digital writing or develop Open Educational Resources (OER).
8. To write research proposals, conference abstract and book chapters/ book proposals.

Target Group

Any student or learner who wants to learn the academic writing. The course shall be helpful for PG students, research scholars, young scientists and faculty members (of any discipline or subject) for their career growth.  

Testimonials from learners
"....I was looking for such type of course for many years and finally, you fulfilled my wish to know more about research, guidelines about research, plagiarism, open educational resources, paper writing, thesis writing and many such significant topics for a researcher to know and understand about the various aspects of research."  - Dr Anil Patil

It is a great experience. Just like it is a face to face classroom learning. The course providers actually from science faculty even though any one can access in such a way they provided all the information. Their tagged notes to the video is very useful for those who may not interact in web classes.  - G. Satyanarayana, Asst. Professor, English.

"The course is interesting, creating curiosity, enthusiasm, educative, stimulating for a professional career. It is useful for practicing teaching faculty, researcher, and professionals. The presentation and transcript are useful and interesting. The presentation is clear, complete and effective. The quiz questions are interesting and challenging." - V.Chandra Sekhara Rao

Team AW

Dr Ajay Semalty
(Course Coordinator & Subject Matter Expert)

Dr Mona Semalty 
(Co-Course Coordinator & Subject Matter Expert)

Prof Rajat Agrawal  
(Subject Matter Expert)

Mr Lokesh Adhikari
(Instructional Designer)

Pandavaas Creations Pvt. Ltd.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 15 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 20 Jul 2020
End Date : 30 Nov 2020
Enrollment Ends : 14 Oct 2020
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Course Duration 15 week
Credits : 04
Week 1 
Academic & research writing: Introduction; Importance of academic writing; Basic rules of academic writing
Week 2 
English in academic writing I & II; Styles of research writing
Week 3 
Plagiarism: Introduction; Tools for the detection of plagiarism; Avoiding plagiarism
Week 4 
Journal Metrics
Week 5
Author Metrics
Week 6
Literature review: Introduction, Source of literature;  Process of literature review
Week 7
Online literature databases; Literature management tools
Week 8
Review Paper Writing, I & II
Week 9
Research paper writing I, II, III
Week 10
Referencing and citation; Submission and; Post submission
Week 11
Thesis Writing I, II & III
Week 12
Empirical Study I, II & III
Week 13
Challenges in Indian research & writing; Team management (mentor and collaborators);  Time Management
Week 14
Research proposal writing; Abstract/ Conference Paper/ Book/ Book Chapter writing; OERs: basic concept and licenses
Week 15
Open Educational Resources (OERs) for learning & Research; OERs development I & II

Books and references

Given in each modules’ content.

Instructor bio

Dr Ajay Semalty

HNB Garhwal University (A Central University) Srinagar Garhwal (Uttarakhand)
M. Pharm. (Pharmaceutics), MBA (Operations Management); Ph. D., PDF Meijo University, Japan; Academic and research experience of 16 Yrs and 1 yr Industrial Experience; Completed 10 research projects funded by various agencies; Successfully developed and run two SWAYAM MOOCs (Academic Writing and Industrial Pharmacy I) with 80 hrs of Teaching Learning Materials including more than 40 hrs of video lectures; Contributed 4 e-modules for ARPIT course of GJU Science & technology Hisar; Published 74 papers, 6 books (including the best seller "Essentials of Pharmaceutical Technology" by Pharma Med Press), 2 patents (01 granted). He has presented papers in more than 100 conferences; Highly cited researcher of the field (h index 23); Awarded Daiko Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship and invited by Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan as visiting scientist for research for FY 2011-12; Awarded with the prestigious national Research Award by UGC, New Delhi and Young Scientist Award of the year 2007 by Uttarakhand Council of Science & Technology (UCOST); Expert reviewer of Iceland Research Foundation Iceland; Israel Science Foundationn (ISF) Israel and Scientific Expert (REPRISE) for Ministry of Institution and University Research (MIUR), Italy. Delivered more than 40 invited lectures (on Open Educational Resources (OERs), Academic writing, Nanoparticle research, Research methodology, Research ethics, Software in research, MOOC, blended/ flipped learning, research proposal writing, academic integrity, plagiarism etc.) in various training programs in Faculty Development Centers (FDCs), Human Resource Development Centers (HRDCs) and other institutions.  He is member of The Asian Council of Science Editors, APTI and IPA; Editorial Board Member and Peer reviewer of various national and International reputed journals; The University SWAYAM Coordinator of Garhwal University; Supervised 20 M. Pharm research projects; Research interest include cyclodextrin and lipid complexes, Small angle neutron scattering (SANS), nanoparticles, natural products for drug delivery like obesity and hair loss. 

Course certificate

30 Marks will be allocated for Internal Assessment (assignment/ discussion forum/ activity) and 70 Marks will be allocated for external proctored examination. 40 % minimum passing marks are needed in internal as well as external for being eligble for certificate.

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