Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to LaTeX for Professional and Scientific Writing

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION Traditional word processors have been very successful in giving students the opportunity to write reports and documents in a structured format. LaTeX builds on this success and gives students working on writing professional documents such as official reports or publication manuscripts a path to producing higher quality projects. This is a widely used mark-up language used throughout the sciences, engineering and ICT besides many other areas. Throughout the study-unit course, students will be introduced to the general framework, the use of tables, figures, and many of the custom features present in LaTeX. Students will also be introduced some a number os the customized packages that have been developed for the various topic themes ranging across all areas of study.

Learning Objectives:

● To introduce students to the type-setting language LaTeX;
● To understand the workings of different packages and how to best utilize them in professional and scientific documents;
● To learn how to take advantage of this system for collaborative work and submission of research articles.

Unit Material:

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutors during the sessions. There are no set texts for the unit, though tutors may recommend appropriate manuals to students who would like to take their work in this area further.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. Students will however be assigned a practical task to carry out during the session under the supervision of the unit tutor. This will allow monitoring of their progress and give the opportunity to encounter and solve errors first hand. Note: Degree plus units are not designed to be incrementally burdensome in terms of the many academic demands placed on students during their undergraduate years.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there are an insufficient number of applicants.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%


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