COMP80142 Academic Writing and Impact Studies

Jon Shapiro and Bijan Parsia 2017 – 2018

[ Resources ][ Schedule ][Group assignment ]

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Course description

Follow this link for the course unit description and syllabus.


Locations and times

Location: Monday, 12–13, IT 407.

Location: Wednesdays, 13–14, Kilburn 2.19.

Please see below for the session schedule and key dates as well as the group assignment.


You will all

Your first task

Your first task will be to submit a first draft of your written piece. The deadline is

Fri 16 February, 2018
We advise that you decide quickly what type of paper you wish to write and start writing. Do discuss this with your supervisor.

The written piece

The short paper you have to write should be one of the following:

The paper should be 5 pages long without references. It should include

Here are some suggestions of what to include:


100% coursework, 0% exam

Session schedule and key dates 2017–2018

Session schedule and key dates 2017–2018

Mo 29 Jan  Welcome: Introduction and Overview (JLS) [Slides]

We 31 Jan  Paper mechanics: genre, venue, purpose, audience
                            prose style, organisation (BP) [Slides] 

Mo 5 Feb  Presenting mathematics and algorithms (JLS) [Slides]

We 7 Feb Follow up (BP) [Slides]

Mo 12 Feb Ethical aspects, referencing, crediting,
malpractice (JLS) [Slides]

We 14 Feb  The Reviewing process (BP?) [Slides]

Fri 16 February First Draft due by everyone to Blackboard. Review Copy due X1 and X2.

Mon 19 Feb  Review session 1

   Reviewed  X1 and X2
   Chair     X2 and X3
   Review Copy due X3 and X4
   Blackboard reviewing and discussion 19 – 25 Feb

We 21 Feb Apr How to achieve impact (BP)  [Slides]

Mon 26 Feb  Review session 2

   Reviewed  X3 and X4
   Chair     X4 and X5
   Review Copy due X5 and X6
   Blackboard reviewing and discussion 26 – 2 March

Wed 28 Feb  Review session 3

   Reviewed  X5 and X6
   Chair     X6 and X1
   Blackboard reviewing and discussion 28 – 5 March

Week of 5 March e 9 March Further Blackboard discussions of revised papers and paper revision continues.

Fri 9 March

   Final draft of paper due on Blackboard.

We 7 March  Wrap up — How to achieve impact

Group assignment

The groups have been assigned as follows.
Group         Name 
A1	Nada Al Taweraqi
A2	Ahmed Alghamdi
A3	Faisal Albalwy
A4	Gavin Abercrombie
A5	Abdullah Alfahaid
A6	Nikita Abramovs
B1	Ghadah Alghamdi
B2	Abdulrahman Alnaeem
B3	Moteb Alghamdi
B4	Najlaa Alghamdi
B5	Nouf Alghanmi
B6	Salem Aljaneh
C1	Ahmed Bhayat
C2	Asim Alwabel
C3	Jonathan Carlton
C4	Yuan Chai
C5	Manal Binkhonain
C6	Andreas Andronikakis
D1	Dominic Duxbury
D2	Andrew Elliott
D3	Joshua Dawes
D4	Arvid Fahlström Myrman
D5	Jonathan Crawford
D6	Jacopo De Berardinis
E1	Atefeh Heydari
E2	Ahmed Ibrahim
E3	Christian Kindermann
E4	William Griggs
E5	Chao Fang
E6	Gabriel Fonseca guerra
F1	Markos Kynigos
F2	Yu Li
F3	Eleni Maragkoudaki
F4	Andrzej Kucik
F5	Kristiyan Manev
F6	Zewen Liu
G1	Dario Panada
G2	Michail Papadimitriou
G3	Rui Qin
G4	Adam Perrett
G5	Terence Morley
G6	Orion Papadakis
H1	Abeer Rajhi
H2	Pejman Saeghe
H3	Michael Rawson
H4	Merve Selcuk simsek
H5	Charles Reynolds
H6	Salim Salim
I1	Rigina Skeva
I2	Bushra Sikander
I3	Miguel Silva
I4	Siok wah Tay
I5	Daqian Shi
I6	Emma Tattershall
J1	Anuj Vaishnav
J2	Thy Tran
J3	Philip Thompson
J4	Yu Wan
J5	Jaime Trivino
J6	Michail Vamvakaris
K1	Heng Zhang
K2	Hongyuan Xie
K3	He Yu
K4	Yuzhe Zang
K5	Maria Xekalaki
K6	Crystal Wu



Domain specific:

Examples of very well-written computer science papers

These have been moved to the School wiki. Feel free to add examples which you find.


Of Further Interest:

Concerning Research and Surviving a PhD

Journal Format Theses

A journal format thesis presents its content in the form of a collection of units suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or conference. The 'papers' do not have to be published or even submitted. These were previously called "alternative format theses".
PhD Course Unit Material
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