Academic Writing and Logical Argumentation (HUM162)


Academic works such as paper, term paper, report, thesis and final thesis, annotation, abstract, review as well as their presentation belong to the area of scientific works; therefore they have to meet general requirements of structure and content. Academic works have to be in high quality of scientific style. This course presents the structure of academic works, and analyzes scientific texts (composing sentences, paragraphs, and the whole text, referring and quotation, etc.). First part of this course is about theoretical requirements of academic writing and the second is about practical training in writing. During the lectures, students also learn how to finalize their academic work under the requirements of ISM University of Management and Economics.

Those who complete a basic course in logic will have the skills needed to construct a sound argument and to judge and evaluate the arguments of others. This is a critical skill which enables clear, meaningful, and effective communication. Logic encourages clarity and rationality of thought, which is a valuable tool not only for academic accomplishment, but also for real world applications. In addition to covering how to make logical arguments, this course will cover how to recognise widespread logical fallacies often used by “educated” people. The difference between inductive and deductive logic will be addressed, which are essential for understanding academic research.

Aims and objectives

This is a basics course in academic work writing skills for students in the bachelor’s degree programme of studies in economics, management and business administration. Objectives of the course are:

  • Communicate effectively in specific writing situations, which may include various academic, professional, or civic situations;
  • Understand and respond appropriately to the critical elements that shape communication situations, such as audience, purpose, and genre;
  • Critique their own writing and provide effective and useful feedback to enable other students to improve their writing;
  • Demonstrate critical and evaluative thinking skills in locating, analyzing, synthesizing, and using information in writing activities.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will understand basic principles of rhetoric and develop an understanding of written texts as arguments generated for particular purposes, audiences, and rhetorical contexts.
  • Students will be able to examine similarities and differences in forms of inquiry and writing across academic disciplines.
  • Students will be able to employ analytical reading strategies and to summarize, paraphrase, draw evidence from, synthesize, and respond to the scholarship of others.
  • Students will learn to find and evaluate print and electronic source materials appropriate for academic research projects.
  • Students will be able to develop original arguments for a range of academic purposes.
  • Students will be able to critically evaluate their own and others’ work and collaborate effectively with other writers throughout the writing process.
  • Students will have an understanding of technical skills in areas such as grammar, writing mechanics, the documentation of source materials and presentation.