This paper was presented at the Writing Development in Higher Education: Valuing and Evaluating Writing in Higher Education Conference, Sheffield, May 2004 and published in the proceedings. The published version may be available at http://extra.shu.ac.uk/wdhe2004/index.html.Any discipline has specialised writing conventions over and above more general aspects of good practice. We have developed a range of activities for students following our biological sciences programmes with a view to helping them improve their generic and subject-specific writing skills. These include essay writing (in a variety of guises), report writing and summary work. Many of the activities, such as an exercise on plagiarism and analysis of real exam answers written by a previous cohort, would be readily adaptable for practitioners in other fields
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