This Communication and Information Skills course teaches you the basics of finding and using scientific sources, writing at an academic level, presenting on scientific topics and using Excel to organize and rank information. The knowledge and skills you gain here will then continue to expand throughout the rest of your education. They will be regularly tested in other subjects and will certainly also be discussed in the final thesis.|
This course consists of four modules, which are briefly described below. The average number of hours study workload (HSW) you spend this period on the various modules is stated. During the programme you will find out that the knowledge and skills you gain in the different modules can be used well for both the other modules of this course and the other courses you follow within your program. So be creative and inventive, be active as the owner of your own learning process but at the same time follow the instructions in this study guide, on Blackboard and of the lecturers.
1. Information skills (5 HSW)
The core of information skills consists of collecting information for, for example, a paper or your thesis. In this part of the course you will therefore get to know the scientific databases and the different ways in which you can find useful sources in an efficient (fast) way. This is done by going through a number of online modules which end in a multiple choice test.
2. Writing skills (79 HSW)
During writing skills you will be introduced to writing academic papers. It gives you insight into the specific requirements that are imposed on papers at a scientific level, including the correct use of sources. You do this by following a lecture and by actively participating in a number of seminars. Before and after the seminars, you complete assignments, work on your paper, give feedback and receive feedback from your fellow students. Presence and active participation in the work seminars and feedback is a mandatory part of this module.
3. Presentation skills (59 HSW)
During presentation skills you will learn which requirements are set for presentations at an academic level. You will gain insight into your own level and receive feedback to further increase it. You do this by first performing an exercise presentation for your fellow students in a small group. You will receive feedback from your fellow students and also give your feedback to them. You will develop an action plan to enhance your own presentation skills using the introductory lecture and documents presented to you on Blackboard. Via the Microsoft Imagine Academy you also follow a Power Point training course, so that this program no longer contains any secrets for you. Finally, during a presentation session, you give your final presentation to an audience consisting of a lecturer and a number of fellow students.
4. Excel skills (25 HSW)
The Excel Skills module provides you with a fundamental understanding of the Excel environment. After following this module you can independently perform tasks within Excel. You know the most important functions of Excel and can work with them correctly. You create and edit a multi-sheet workbook and use graphic elements to visualize data. Examples of workbooks include professional looking budgets, annual accounts, team performance charts, sales invoices and data entry logs. You develop this skill by going through a number of online modules that each time end with a practice test. You will be guided through this by a lecture and consultation hours that you can use. Finally, you end this module with a digital assessment.
Type of instructions
Blended learning: Online learning, lecturers, seminars, self study, peerfeedback.
Type of exams
Assignments, presentation session and (digital) assessments
- Syllabus Communication and Information Skills
- Online Blackboard content
- Online modules