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Course module: 30J113-B-3
Writing and Information Skills
Course info
Course module30J113-B-3
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Management; TiSEM: Management;
Is part of
B International Business Administration
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A.K. Brown
Other course modules lecturer
mr. A.J. Cartwright, MA
Other course modules lecturer
W. de Goei
Other course modules lecturer
R. Güleker
Other course modules lecturer
R.K. Kumi
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
Registration openfrom 19/08/2019 up to and including 24/01/2020
The course Writing and Information Skills for IBA teaches you the basics of the following:
  • finding and using scientific sources;
  • writing at an academic level;
  • social skills and personal development.
The knowledge and skills you gain here will continue to expand throughout the rest of your education. They will be regularly tested in other subjects and will be needed for the final thesis.

Please note, that all IBA courses are only open to IBA students. It is not possible to use this course as an elective for other programs.
This course consists of 3 modules, listed below in alphabetical order. Each module has an indication of the average number of study hours you will spend on it. In the course of the semester, you will notice that the skills and knowledge you gain in the various modules will be necessary in both the other modules and other subjects scheduled parallel to the current one.

1. Information Skills (± 5 hrs)
For this module you will complete the online tutorial InfoSkills for Economics and Management. This tutorial consists of five components, in which you will learn: 
  1. How to recognize scientific information.
  2. How to conduct effective searches.
  3. How to use the library catalog.
  4. How to search library databases relevant to your program.
At the end of this module there will be a (digital) skills and knowledge assessment of 25 questions.

2. Program for Academic Study Success (PASS, ± 15 hrs)
PASS is less about academic skills, and more about social skills and personal development. The program consists of a number of lectures, online assignments, class meetings with the PASS-supervisor, campuswide events and, last but not least, individual guidance by your PASS-mentor (a senior student who has received special training to be a mentor). He or she will organize several social activities within the PASS-program, together with other mentors. These activities will enhance group cohesion. You will learn, amongst other things:
  1. How to study efficiently by a thorough orientation with respect to the subject matter and by making a detailed planning, both for the short and the long term.
  2. How to reflect on your own cultural identity and that of other persons, to be open to and be able to deal with different communication styles, determined by culture.
  3. Where you stand with respect to the ideas of fellow students and guest lecturers from within and outside TiSEM.
Various PASS-activities yield in total 13 PASS-points. A minimum of 10 PASS-points, as well as a portfolio in which you reflect on the activities you have participated in will complete this module.


3. Writing Skills (± 75 hrs)
After an introductory lecture you will write your own, individual academic text. This happens during five tutorials, which will teach you the following:
  1. Indicate how scientific writing is distinct from other genres.
  2. Select relevant, reliable and useful sources to use in writing assignments.
  3. Correctly paraphrase and reference sources (in APA format) in order to avoid plagiarism.
  4. Identify and summarize the main ideas in an academic article.
  5. Write a structured and coherent essay (introduction, body and conclusion) which clearly states your main purpose.
  6. Write structured, unified and coherent paragraphs.
  7. Support your points with sound, logical and critical argumentation.
  8. Write a text that has both lexical and grammatical range and accuracy at (at least) a B2-level using correct punctuation and spelling.
  9. Use a style and register appropriate for an academic audience.
In the course of the writing process, you will hand in different versions of your own tekst, as well as providing feedback to draft versions of several peers.

Teaching methods
Blended learning: lectures / online learning / peer feedback / self study / tutorials
(Online) assessment (Information Skills) / (online) assignments (all modules) / (writing) assignment (Writing Skills) / portfolio (PASS)  
Contact person
dr. M.A. van de Visser
Timetable information
Writing and Information Skills
Required materials
Recommended materials
Information Skills (15%)


Writing Skills (85%)

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