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    Time   27.02.2019-15.05.2019

                 Wed 12.30-15.45
       Place       Room: R001/121b
       Malachy Halpin

    This course introduces written and oral communication principles and strategies that are applicable to professional and academic purposes.

    Students begin by writing on a topic from their own field of study. To enhance readability of the texts, students apply organizational patterns, such as problem-solution, as well as employ other writing principles that make comprehension of sentences and paragraphs easier.

    Based on their written work, students deliver an oral presentation. As part of the learning process, students analyze presentations to identify their strengths and areas for improvement, as well as practice organizing and presenting information clearly to a non-expert audience.

    Throughout this course, students work individually, in pairs and in small groups to develop their presentation and writing skills. Moreover, students give and receive constructive feedback on their work and revise it accordingly.

    • Small-group instruction          30
    • Independent study                  51
            (includes 3 compulsory online modules)

    Course requirements                                                        Grading 1 - 5

    • Preparatory assignments         40                                           5       93 - 100 
    • Final report                                  20                                          4       85 - 92
    • Final presentation                      20                                           3       77 - 84
    • Exam                                            20                                           2       69 - 76
                                      Total             100                                         1       61 - 68

    Attendance and absences

    • Participants are allowed 1.5 absences, each additional absence (=90 min lesson) reduces the total points by 5%.

    Preparatory assignments

    • must be completed on time. Late submissions not accepted.
    • no make-up work possible.
    • must be rewritten according to teacher's feedback and resubmitted.
    • teacher feedback on two written assignments submitted through Emended/TurnItIn