Topic outline

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    Teacher: Malachy Halpin                          Email:

    Place: Zoom

    Please observe that this group is only available for students in the Data Science Bachelor programme (SCI).

    Welcome to LC-1117: integrated Oral and Written skills. 

    This integrated course is held on Tuesdays from Tuesdays (10:00-11:45 & 12:30-14:00) in periods I and II. The sessions will be held via Zoom.

    Using some of your regular course assignments, you will learn to improve your written and spoken skills in English. We will examine topics such as how to create persuasive texts in English (the use of rhetorical patterns, maintaining logical flow and cohesion, choosing the correct style, targeting your audience) and how to give effective presentations: delivery, structure, audience expectations, speaking on camera (as you will be doing this online in period II, unfortunately). You will then apply this knowledge to a text in the main course (an executive summary) and your final course presentations.

    Learning outcomes

    By the end of the course you will be able to

    •Write genre-specific texts (academic and professional)

    •Apply rhetorical patterns to texts and oral presentations

    •Create cohesive, reader-friendly texts that follow a logical pattern

    •Proofread texts for typical grammatical and punctuation errors.

    •Use sources appropriately and avoid plagiarism

    •Present persuasively and effectively in English.


    Executive summary 40%

    Final presentation           30%

    Course tasks and quizzes 30%

    Grade % of total points

    5            93 – 100   Excellent

    4            85 – 92     Very Good

    3            77 – 84     Good

    2            69 – 76     Very Satisfactory

    1            61 – 68     Satisfactory

    0            < 60           Fail