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Academic Writing

H.N.B Garhwal University (A Central University) Srinagar Garhwal and CEC via Swayam


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 teamin the new cycle of our course.After the five successful run of the course, we are proud to present India's most popular SWAYAM MOOC which gotmaximum number of exam registration (among all the SWAYAM MOOCs) and has been listed in top 30 MOOCs worldwide (;Course in News: Recently, the course has been listed in Class Central’s Best Online Courses of All Time (2021 Edn.). So far, more than 46000 learners across more than 150 countries have taken 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 CourseUpon completing the course, one would be able1. 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 publication6. 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 GroupAny 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.Learn more about the course gcbTagYoutubeEnqueueVideo("yQ0LTLJDrQM", "zzVydxfWl7on");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 PatilIt 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 RaoTeam AWDr Ajay Semalty(Course Coordinator & Subject Matter Expert)Dr Mona Semalty(Co-Course Coordinator & Subject Matter Expert)Prof Rajat Agrawal(Subject Matter Expert)Dr Lokesh Adhikari(Instructional Designer)Pandavaas Creations Pvt. Ltd.ProductionandTeam EMRC Roorkee


Course Duration 15 week
Credits : 04
Week 1
Academic & research writing: Introduction; Importance of academic writing; Basic rules of academic writingWeek 2English in academic writing I & II; Styles of research writingWeek 3*Plagiarism: Introduction; Tools for the detection of plagiarism; Avoiding plagiarismWeek 4*Journal MetricsWeek 5*Author MetricsWeek 6*Literature review: Introduction, Source of literature; Process of literature reviewWeek 7*Online literature databases; Literature management toolsWeek 8Review Paper Writing, I & IIWeek 9Research paper writing I, II, IIIWeek 10Referencing and citation; Submission and; Post submissionWeek 11Thesis Writing I, II & IIIWeek 12Empirical Study I, II & IIIWeek 13*Challenges in Indian research & writing; Team management (mentor and collaborators); Time ManagementWeek 14*Research proposal writing; Abstract/ Conference Paper/ Book/ Book Chapter writing; OERs: basic concept and licensesWeek 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” prescribedfor Pre Ph D Courses work of every subject.

Taught by

Dr Ajay Semalty


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  • Sir can you please discuss the review paper writing in more detail . Telling us the difference b/w LR and review paper and the significance of the review paper
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    First of all, let me thank both the hard-working and fully-devoted people, Dr. Ajay Semalty and Dr. Mona Semalty. I am extremely overwhelmed with the way both of you have conducted the course and engaged the audience with your webinars as well. I was...
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    Dr. Ajay Semalty Sir, Greetings. I am Dr.Udaykumar Naik, Professor , Electronics and Communication Engineering ,KLE DRMSSCET, Belagavi, Karnataka India. My collogue Prof. Hegde suggested me to go through this course. This course is well organized....
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    Dear Sir, This course is helping us a lot. Through these seven weeks course I have learned all about academic writing like , how to start, what to do and how to publish. U have touch all the aspects of the academic writing which a researcher needs....
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    This is a very good course on academic writing as the name suggests, it helps the needy one to guide step by step in a very easy manner to digest for the beginners too and groom the research scholars across the multi-disciplinary field. I surely believe that one who wishes to make a career in writing or research would join this SWAYAM MOOC Course on Academic Writing which is a praiseworthy effort. I am thankful to Dr Ajay Semalty and the entire Team for this course.

    Jayprakash A Parmar,
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    A literature review is a piece of academic writing demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the academic literature on a specific topic placed in context. A literature review also includes a critical evaluation of the material; this is why it is...
  • K.Kalaivani
    I love to learn Academic Writing by you sir. Because very helpful tips were used by you. The explanation about Academic Writing made to write more on all topics that I come across. So grateful that I registered and doing well in Writing a document slowly. Thank you sir for giving a wonderful assignment topics which will boost our curiosity of Writing. Thank you sir..


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    A very methodical, well-planned and well-executed course. A must for any good faculty who wishes to excel in his or her academic career. However, above the context, it stands as a lighthouse of humane work, carried out for welfare of all in a sense, the...
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    Dear Ma'am/ Sir, It have been a pleasure to learn Academic Writing with such efficiency and productivity with the help of supportive trainers like you. After learning this course, it could be understood that how vital is it to learn Academic Writing...
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    The content covered weekly is quite relevant to the topic. The topics are covered in parts (broken down from each module) that are easy to follow. There is written material of the topic covered which is easy to look at when you do not have the time to...
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    Raghunath Rout
    Its an Excellent forum for learning, thanks to Dr Ajay Semalty Sir, Dr Mona Semalty madam and all those teachers who helped us to learn a lot. Its a forum where any one can learn and gain knowledge for free and explore new areas so that they can use it in their research as well as add value to academics.
    Thank You all.
  • Anonymous
    The course is beautifully rganized with so many is really informative and i tried to learn really hard but ime time it is not happened.i really enjoyed because it is a new learning experience for me.i had one doubt to get the certification process.thank you so much for the entire class
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    Anoop Negi
    That was very helpful course for all beginners ,PG , Ph.D students. It contain all necessary study material
    Thanks for provide this need full course
    Anoop Singh Negi
    Sardar Bhagwan Singh University
    Ph.D Scholar,Pharmacology (pharmaceutical sciences)
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    Nidhi Suthar
    This course is really good and very helpful. by this course we get to know about writing part, publication related things and most importantly learn about worthy publications related guidance. thank you sir and mam and the team of yours.
  • Anonymous
    First of all i like to thank all the dedicated faculties who had given such amazing classes.all the classes were student friendly.i got a clear and vivid picture about the academic writing and it helps me how to apply those in my research papers.
  • Anonymous
    Thanks to Dr. Ajay Semalty and his AW Team who has provided valuable course and giving me opportunity to join this useful course. I give five star for this course.
  • Anonymous
    The whole course is very informative and useful for making a good thesis. Helpful in many aspects of research. Thank you for the esteemed organisation of course.
  • My course is on Academic writing. Thanks to Dr. Shetty and his team, the course was indeed a new and explored one. I have enjoyed the sessions and the lectures. The teachings were done so perfectly with the visualised presentation of contents. The course had covered lots of topics which is very useful for PG students who were interested in becoming junior research fellow and authors.
  • Anonymous
    Very useful and informative learning experience, I learnt lots of information, thank you so much SWAYAM for wonderful happy learning.
  • Cdr Alok Mohan
    Utility of writing skill, is not only limited to, authoring or publishing of books, research papers, research articles etc, but is also useful for our day to day communications for example - e mails, text messages, letters etc. I think, the overall...

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