Academic Writing

By Dr Ajay Semalty   |   HNB Garhwal University (A Central University) Srinagar Garhwal (Uttarakhand)
Learners enrolled: 11119
  Number of Credits :-4

(This cycle of Academic Writing MOOC is dedicated to  o
ur fellow Course coordinator Late Dr Lalit Engle of EMRC, Indore, who lost his life to COVID.)
Myself, Dr Ajay Semalty, from HNB Garhwal University (A Central university) Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand welcome you on behalf of our entire team in the new cycle of our courseAfter the four successful run of the course, 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; Course in News: http://tiny.cc/AWnews). So far, more than 35000 learners across more than 95 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.  

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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 : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 12 Jul 2021
End Date : 18 Nov 2021
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2021
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 4
Level : Postgraduate

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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

Additional Week*
Ethics in Research: Research fraud, competing interest, authorship, slicing research, FFP, COPE guidelines.
* The contents of these weeks (in total) cover the UGC’s newly introduced subject “Research & Publication Ethics” prescribed for Pre Ph D Courses work of every subject.

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 17 Yrs and 1 yr Industrial Experience; He has been included in the World's top 2 % Scientist of Pharmacy and Pharmacology (by Stanford University research, 2020) recently. He has completed 11 research projects funded by various agencies; He has published 75 papers, 6 books (including the best seller "Essentials of Pharmaceutical Technology" by Pharma Med Press), 2 patents (01 granted). He is a highly cited researcher of the field (h index 26). He has presented papers in more than 100 conferences; 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 Foundation, Israel and Scientific Expert (REPRISE) for Ministry of Institution and University Research (MIUR), Italy, Elsevier Books; Member of The Asian Council of Science Editors, APTI and IPA; Editorial Board Member and Peer reviewer of various national and international reputed journals; supervised 25 M. Pharm research projects and supervising 02 Ph.D. candidates.
He has delivered more than 100 invited lectures (on 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 Centres (HRDCs) and other institutions.  
He has developed more than 100 hrs. of e-content for SWAYAM, SWAYAMPRABHA, and ARPIT courses. He has developed two SWAYAM Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): “Academic Writing” (listed in top 30 world MOOCs and appreciated by PIB and MoE, GoI; ranked #1 in exam registration in 2019 and 2020) and Industrial Pharmacy I (First and only Pharmacy MOOC in India) with more than 38000 learners from more than 95 countries. 

Course certificate

The course is free to learn. Interested Learners can enroll and learn the course for free. 
If You wish to get certified on this course you must register and write the proctored exam after payment of exam fee
The exam is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) in various exam centres across India. 
30 Marks will be allocated for Internal Assessment (assignment/ discussion forum/ activity) and 70 Marks will be allocated for external proctored examination.
A  minimum 
40 % passing marks are needed in internal AS WELL AS external for being eligible for certificate.

Exam pattern:
Computer Based Test (CBT) 
100 MCQs

Refer FAQs after joining the course for more details.

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