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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 This unit is for students who wish to move away from traditional type-settings programs in light of doing things more efficiently and professionally, mainly in the fields of science and engineering. In the scientific and engineering community, LaTeX is widely used and it is regarded as the most efficient type-setting program to use. Various writing style will be introduced for different types of documents. Throughout the course, general conventions on how units, tables, equations, figures etc. should be handled in professional documents will also be taught. The last sessions of the unit may also introduced advanced editing of style files.

Learning Objectives:

● To introduce students to the type-setting language LaTeX;
● To understand the workings of different packages and how to best utilise 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%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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