Cooperation in planning the Academic Writing Modules

Dear doctoral students,

On behalf of the Language Centre we would like to share a few ideas that could help our cooperation. There are a number of technical/administrative issues that we have come across. In order to make our work more effective and controllable, please consider the following :

  • Always read the description of the module carefully so that you can evaluate whether the content matches your current needs and the stage of your research, and whether you are able to commit yourself (time and energy) to complete the module. It happened in the past that someone attending a conference posters module did not have the intention to participate in conferences at all, or someone who booked a text consultation did not have any manuscript to discuss.
  • When registering for a module, bear in mind that you will need to attend at least 80% of the sessions and put in effort to earn credits. These modules are very popular, and we usually have long waiting lists, so it is not fair for those on the waiting list if you are registered but don’t show up or drop out after the first session and don’t complete the module. For example, it happened in the past that there were 50 students registered for a module, but after confirming participation in Korppi the number halved. Later only 14 showed up in the first session, and only 7 completed the module. Meanwhile, there were students on the waiting list who would have willingly completed the module.
  • If the module is organized as two 4-hour sessions (8 hours altogether), it is not acceptable to miss one of the 4-hour sessions completely. In this case, you should attend the module later, when you can attend both sessions.
  • Please note that because of the above mentioned problems, the number of people registered and the number of people who will get a slot is constantly changing. This means that the instructors cannot tell for sure how many people are going to attend. Also, the numbers may appear large, but they are not necessarily a realistic representation of the participants’ interests and commitment.  It happened that we planned 3 groups for a module, but we had to cancel some of them due to low turn-up. This affects our workplans and the division of work.

We have been trying to accommodate your needs and offer more modules, but the problems mentioned above make our work difficult in terms of planning and administration.

We hope you understand our perspective and that we are trying to help you in your studies. By evaluating your needs and possibilities more realistically when choosing to register for a module, you are also showing consideration for other doctoral students.

With kind regards,
Language Centre course instructors