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ACA-401: International Academic and Professional Paper Writing

Note: ACA-401 is currently the course code for academic writing at the master’s level. It is also used in an alternative form for certain PhD students under the name Research Methods and Strategy, using only specific course periods and supplemental material. If you have any questions on the applicable version of the course, please contact the Admissions officer for coordination.

This course offers a review of the basics of proper English writing based on two required textbooks. This course can be used at any level, including the master’s level, to ensure that the student’s writing skills are on the level required for the academic program being pursued.

As part of this course, students must understand the requirements and techniques associated with writing academic papers in an international context. As a result, the course covers the differences between the US and UK English (spelling and punctuation). The course also discusses proper citations, plagiarism, logical flow in writing, etc. A very useful resource for this course is Write Source 2000. It is a comprehensive 540-page textbook, originally designed for high school students, but it has also proven to be an invaluable resource for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as for working professionals.

Turabian’s manual for writers provides comprehensive, detailed, superior guidance to writers of research papers. It has been revised to conform with the Chicago Manual of Style. From “Parts of the Paper” (including the niceties of copyrights and dedications) to “Sample Layouts,” everything to do with format is covered. Mechanics of style (abbreviations to quotations) are reviewed, there’s help on tables and illustrations, and chapters on bibliographies, parenthetical references, note-taking, and citations. There are suggestions for manuscript preparation, hints on word-processing software, and formatting for research papers’ more complex features. It provides quick, accessible, reliable answers to your questions of structure, scholarly propriety, and academic style. This book is recommended, but EUCLID also provides as a substitute a series of PDFs that deal with the Chicago Rule of Style.

  • Credit value: 2 (US standard) | 3 to 4 (ECTS standard)
  • Indicative duration (full time): 4-6 weeks
  • Indicative duration (part-time): 5-8 weeks
  • Certificate: Yes
This course is based on standard EUCLID methodology. Students may refer to the following resources:

Academic Guidelines (HQ version)
Academic Guidelines (most recent version even if unofficial)
Student Orientation Guidelines (most recent version even if unofficial)
Zotero instructions for EUCLID students
Grammarly instructions for EUCLID students

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • use a mandated Word template
  • use Word styles (Heading 1, Heading 2, Normal, Quote)
  • understand the rules of US spelling and punctuation placement
  • understand the rules of UK spelling and punctuation placement
  • properly use various approved rules of style
  • avoid plagiarism
  • use structure and logical flow
  • know how to write a EUCLID response paper
  • know how to create a EUCLID quiz
  • write academic assignments at the graduate and post-graduate level
Course material is provided in the form of embedded videos, audio MP3s, and/or downloadable PDFs. Participation in the forum is optional but may be helpful to students. Past Q&A in particular may answer current and common questions.

Dr. Kabiru Gulma is the course instructor. He is a graduate of Euclid University, the subject-matter expert on academic writing and publishing at EUCLID. Dr. Gulma is the auditor of the doctoral dissertation panel and a member of the Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) team.

Dr. Gulma has a record of experience in academic writing and publishing. He has authored three books, written chapters for books, and has over a dozen peer-reviewed publications and more than fifty article publications. Dr. Gulma is a reviewer of some peer-review journals.

While students study independently through the periods, Dr. Gulma’s role is to provide them with outstanding faculty support, including but not limited to helping students to master:

  • Excellent academic/professional paper writing
  • Use of relevant software for referencing (Zotero)
  • Use of Grammarly Premium (provided by EUCLID)
  • Appropriate use of referencing styles (Turabian, but also APA, WHO, EC, Harvard, and Oxford)
  • Use of the US or UK English (spelling and punctuation rules)
  • Appropriate use of Response Paper (RP) template

Dr. Gulma aims to provide students with a response within two (2) business days of submitting their assignments. Should you not hear from him within this timeframe, students are advised to send him a reminder by email.

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This is course is supervised by a primary instructor/faculty member and may also be served by a backup instructor.

The International Faculty Coordinator will confirm the assignment. Do not contact any instructor prior to LMS enrollment with faculty assignment confirmed.