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Course module: 400896-M-3
Research Master: Academic Writing and Presenting Research in Social Sciences
Course info
Course module400896-M-3
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Organization Studies; Organization Studies;
Is part of
M Social and Behavioural Sciences (research)
mr. A.J. Cartwright, MA
Other course modules lecturer
L. Mous, MA
Other course modules lecturer
drs. M.M.R.N. Schmitz
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 13/08/2019 up to and including 21/08/2020
The programme consists of three components: presentation skills, academic writing, and bibliographic tools.

  • The goal of presentation skills is to help the student develop the skills to present their research findings and views in English at a conference-level standard. The student will be coached in developing a personal presentation style which they feel most comfortable with and which is clear, informative, and engaging for an academic audience.
  • The goal of academic writing is to teach academic writing as a mode of communicating research, and to help the student in writing a master's thesis that clear, concise, attractively written, according to the APA style.
  • The goal of bibliographic tools is to teach students how to access academic literature and to introduce students to the APA publication manual.


The study load is 3 ECTS, which is the equivalent of 84 hours.
Presentation Skills requires 22.5 hours (9 x 2.5) attendance of the meetings, 18 hours (9 x 2) preparing the meetings, 7 hours attendance of presentation day, and 6 hours  preparing for Presentation Day (53.5 hours total).
Academic writing requires 5 hours attending the general meetings, 7 hours preparing the general meetings, and 8.5 hours for the individual meetings (25.5 hours total). Bibliographic Tools requires 3 hours for attending the lectures, and 2 hours for completing the assignment (5 hours total).

The grade is computed as the average of the grades for presentation techniques, oral English skills, and academic writing. Also, the student must have passed all the required practicals and the assignment for bibliographic tools.

Required Prerequisites

Only for students who are qualified for the Research Master.

Presentation skills has two parts: 1) presentation techniques such as using visual aids (powerpoint), body language, eye contact, and dealing with anxiety and fear of speaking/failure; 2) English oral skills such as pronunciation, correct sentence construction, appropriate vocabulary, logical linking of ideas, and answering questions. Presentation techniques are taught 9 meetings (150 minutes each) in first semester of the second year. Students are required to attend the meetings and give short presentations. At the end of the first Block, all students present their first-year paper at Presentation Day, a one-day conference for research-master students and faculty. At Presentation Day, students receive a grade for presentation techniques and a grade for English oral skills. Also, they receive a pass or fail for attendance of the required meetings.

Academic writing consists of two general meetings (150 minutes each) and, depending on the student's individual needs, one, two, or three individual meetings. Students are required to attend the general meetings and at least one individual meeting. Academic writing is taught in the second semester of the second year. In the general meetings the following topics are discussed: English grammar and syntax, academic writing according to the APA guidelines, guidelines for clear and attractive writing. The students submit written reports of their own research (most likely the individual research proposal for their master's thesis), review and rewrite their own reports following the feedback provided by the teacher, and review the reports of other students. In the individual meetings, the academic writing of the student's master's thesis is discussed.  The student submits parts of his or her master's thesis and the teacher gives individual feedback. Depending on his or her needs, the student can make an appointment for individual meetings. The students receive one grade for academic writing.


Bibliographic tools consists of two lectures (90 minutes each). The first lecture discusses the access of academic literature using tools such as ISI Web of Knowledge. The second lecture is an introduction to the APA guidelines. The students have to attend both lectures and make a short assignment in which they have to find literature and report it using the APA guidelines. The students receive a pass or fail for attendance and the quality of the assignment.

Type of instructions


Type of exams

One presentation, two short papers, and one assignment.

Compulsory Reading
  1. American Psychological Association (APA), Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th edition)., APA, 2009, ISBN ISBN 978-1-4338-0561-5..
Contact person
prof. dr. L.A.G. Oerlemans
Timetable information
Research Master: Academic Writing and Presenting Research in Social Sciences
Required materials
Recommended materials
Final Result

Writing & Pres.Research: Present. Skills

Writing & Pres.Research: Language Skills

Writing & Presentation Research: Writing

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