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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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  • i love this course i learned a lot from it and it did really help me get through a lot of my writing problems- thank you so much.
  • Today is first week of September(5th sep,2022),its our American fall session of universities.

    I just join the class central and find this Academic writing course interesting for me, but I saw the staring date of the course is July 11,2022.that mean it already started and end date October 2022.
    so is there any way that I can join this same course after October 2022 by this year?
  • 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
  • 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
    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 w…
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    Sumant Jagtap
    The Academic Writing course run by Dr. Ajay Semalthy on SWAYAM was very useful for all those who wish to do best in their academic writings. Through this course, I have learned many useful and important information on writing paper, synopsis, thesis…
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    Udayakumar Naik
    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.…
  • Anonymous
    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…
  • Anonymous
    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 i…
  • Anonymous
    First of all, I thank the course coordinator Dr. Ajay Semalty of the course "Academic Writing" for offering this opportunity to learn about this course at the right time. He and his team lead us in an interested manner to learn the same. The course…
  • Anonymous
    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,…
  • Anonymous
    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…
  • Anonymous
    Academic Writing, (HNB GARHWAL UNIVERSITY via SWAYAM) is a great course, it enhanced and encouraged my knowledge regarding articles, I have a great interest in academic writing, and was searching for a perfect course that enables me to do it. with adequate, proper timing well-organized manner this course has been done, with extraordinary explanation by Dr. Ajay Semalty, made it easy to enhance my knowledge, while, knowing about, plagiarism, OER, or other perspectives of research and academic writing. The main point is, this course provides time-to-time weekly assignments as well as self-assessment quizzes which develop a great interest in academic writing with willingness.

    Thank you DR. Ajay Semalty sir !!
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    Santosh Sharma
    Joining this course has been one of my best decision of 2022. For me, it is really a 'must do' course for all the academicians and researchers. The course content, delivery, assessment as well as notes are incredible. Everything is very well planned and well organized. This course has been enriching me in increasing my knowledge on academic writing ever since I joined. The resources persons are the best and I am confident that by the end of this course I will certainly be better academic writer. I fully recommend this course for others as my learning experience has been exceedingly superb.

    Dr. Santosh Sharma

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Management

    The ICFAI University Sikkim
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    Academic writing course has been fantastic. I really learnt a lot from this course. All modules are well described and in user friendly language. The you tube videos in each module make the understanding of the concept more interesting for the readers. I will highly recommend the learners to go for this course and do it with full seriousness to learn how to write effectively and efficiently while submitting manuscript in a reputed journal. Full credit goes to course instructor who has long experience of teaching the same.

    Thanks and regards

    Dr Hemant sharma
    Pro Vice Chancellor
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    Vaishnavi Buwa
    Industrial pharamcy course by swayam is a very wonderful course for us who are studying in 3rd year of B. pharm. It is well designed as per our PCI syllabus so it not only clears our concepts regarding IP subject but also gives very fruitful knowledge about industry realated and drug related studies. All the lecture related videos, study material, and referance links are very apt and very helpful to us.
  • Anonymous
    The reason for taking this course was my keen interest in the research field.
    But the quality of education that I expected from this course is far beyond from my expectations. Ajay Sir, Mona Mam has acquainted many new aspects and terminologies related to research, which are not easily accessible to find such knowledge and information anywhere else. I am grateful to all the respected Teachers and to the digital eduational platform Swayam which helps to avail these type of courses by anyone and from anywhere.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this Academic Writing on SWAYAM portal with Respected Dr.Semalty Sir with his highly knowledgeable and detailed experienced to enhance our knowledge for academic writing. Sir your teaching style is too much appreciated and assignments are too helpful to overcome the course content. Thank you Respected Dr.Semalty Sir and online program designer for developing such a best content.

    Dr.Shivaji Suryawanshi, Assistant Professor, physical education, P.E.S. COLLEGE OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION, AURANGABAD, MAHARASHTRA.
  • 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 overal…
  • Anonymous
    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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