MET9010 Introduction to Academic Writing

March- May 2019

​ECTS credits: 2,5 
Level of course: PhD
Type of course: Elective
Study location: Bodø
Course coordinator: 
Professor Anatoli Bourmistrov
PostDoc Evgenii Aleksandrov
Teaching language: English
Teaching semester: Spring 2019/Autumn 2019
Online course “Introduction to Acacemic Writing” will be held in Canvas System   and consists of 7 Blocks. The course will be open for students from  18th of March until 6th of May. It means that students should go through all modules and related assignments during this period. The course architecture is constructed in a way that students cannot jump from one block to another if all necessary assignments are not completed. In this regard, we encourage students to plan their time properly for this 1,5 month course period and assignments completion. 

Costs: No tuition fees. Costs for semester registration and course literature apply. 

Course evaluation:
Students evaluate the course annually by final evaluation survey. This evaluation is included in the university's quality assurance system.

Course description:
The goal of this course is to provide PhD students with a starting platform to understanding of the importance of academic writing as a part of their research education by taking into account differences in academic traditions among institutions. In a long-term perspective, the course seeks to contribute to the development of students' international research skills, facilitate their diffusion into international research community and increase the number of individual and joint international publications by researchers coming from areas with different research traditions.

The course is arranged as a guided self-study online course. It will take place in the CANVAS, web-platform for distant learning. When a student is registered at the Nord University and enrolled for the course, he/she gets access to the course "room" in the CANVAS where all study materials and assignments are available. The course consists of blocks which cover the following topics:

  • The nature of research and research training in different countries
  • The role of theory in research and writing academic articles
  • How to work with the literature and do good literature review
  • What library tools and how to use when doing literature review
  • Dissemination of research results: journals, rankings, citation indexes, types of articles
  • Developing good academic texts
  • Reviewing and publishing process

Each block includes several self-study videos supplemented with PowerPoint presentations/slides and other materials (required and recommended readings, Internet links, etc). Each block consists of a short Introduction to block, video lectures, a list of required literature and recommended materials, several written exercises and/or quizzes to evaluate learning progress.

The course will be arranged through combining the competences of Nord University Business School and its partners universities. The faculty is represented by the following institutions:

  • Professor Anatoli Bourmistrov (Nord University Business School, Norway)
  • Professor Katarina Kaarbøe, (Norwegian School of Economics, Norway)
  • Professor Giuseppe Grossi (Nord University Business School, Norway)
  • Professor Inger Johanne Pettersen (Trondheim Business School, NTNU, Norway)
  • Karina Maria Gregersen (Librarian, Nord University)

Learning outcomes:

The candidate:

  • has advanced knowledge and understanding of the connections between the nature of research, the research profession, reviewing and publication process, the nature of theoretical contribution and the main components of academic writing

The candidate:

  • can assess and carry out the components of academic texts, the difference in its research approach and quality of communication including the reflection on the theory used and its links with methodology and empirics
  • can plan and carry out literature search with the use of advanced library tools, select and review relevant literature for a particular academic paper
  • can handle the choice of a potential internationally recognized academic journal for own academic text

General Competence
The candidate:

  • can identify and reflect on relevant methodological and theoretical issues related to the components of academic writing within own research area / PhD project;

Must fulfill the requirements for admission to the PhD program at his/her institution.

Recommended previous knowledge:
The course is offered on a PhD-level from various fields. It is relevant for students at any stage of their PhD project but especially for students at the early stage of their PhD and students with background from different academic traditions.

Mode of delivery: online course

Learning activities and teaching methods:
As the course is web-based, all the main communication is to take part in the CANVAS room: video lectures, reading materials, exercises or/and quiz and faculty feedback. In addition, there will be a forum where students can communicate with each other and/or the faculties any time during the course.

To finish the course students must complete all blocks and pass blocks related exercises and quizzes. Successful accomplishment of all blocks and final quiz will be evaluated as "passed"/"not passed" results.

Course literature and recommended reading:
Alvesson, M., & Sandberg, J. (2011). Generating research questions through problematization. Academy of management review, 36(2), 247-271.

Bårnes, V. & Løkse, M. (2014). Where to find information. In Information literacy: How to find, evaluate and cite sources (pp. 15-28). Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk.

Becker, L. and P. Denicolo (2012). Publishing Journal Articles, SAGE Publications (chapter 1-4, pp. 1-73).

Booth Wayne, Colomb, G., Williams, J. The Craft of Research: 3rd Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. (first two chapters pp. 1-32)

Booth, A., Papaioannou, D. & Sutton, A. (2012) Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review. Chapter 1: Literature review: its role within research, pp. 1-17.

Bourmistrov, A. (2017). Mental models and cognitive discomfort: Why do users reject even a small change in a financial accounting report. Pacific Accounting Review, 29(4), 490-511

Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R., & Jackson, P. R. (2012). Management research. Sage (chapter 1 and 2)

Gooneratne, T. N., & Hoque, Z. (2013). Management control research in the banking sector: A critical review and directions for future research. Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, 10(2), 144-171.

Grossi, G. (2015). Publishing in the International Arena: Guest editorial experiences in Accounting and Public Management Journals. Högskolepedagogisk debatt, (1), 88-97.

Jesson, J. K. & Mathison, L. & Lacey, F. M. (2011). Searching for information. In Doing your literature review: Traditional and systematic techniques (pp. 26-45). London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Jönsson, S. (2006). On academic writing. European Business Review, 18(6), 479-490.

Kyvik, S. (2013). The academic researcher role: enhancing expectations and improved performance. Higher Education, 65(4), 525-538.

Malmi, T. (2016). Managerialist studies in management accounting: 1990–2014. Management Accounting Research, 31, 31-44.

Øvretveit, J. (2008). Writing a scientific publication for a management journal. Journal of health organization and management, 22(2), 189-206.

Whetten, D. A. (1989). What constitutes a theoretical contribution?. Academy of management review, 14(4), 490-495.

Overlapping courses:

Deadline: April 1

Practical information

The city of Bodø

Bodø is home to around 50,000 people and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a lively urban scene.


Photo: David Grandorge

Getting to Bodø

  • Bodø is the hub of Nordland and can be reached by plane, train and boat. 
  • Bodø's airport is located in the city itself, making it quick and easy to fly in and out. Oslo Gardemoen is a 90 minute flight away.

Photo: Ernst Furuhatt /

Transport in Bodø

  • The main campus is located at Mørkved, about 9 kilometers from the centre of Bodø.
  • It is easy to take the bus from the airport or city center to campus.

Accomodation in Bodø

  • At campus there is a student hotel “Nordavind” which offers short-time rent. For more information. 
  • You may also stay at a hotel in the centre of Bodø.
  • We advise you to book accommodation as early as possible as hotels in Bodø at times are fully booked