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Course module: 35B209-B-6
Communication and Information Skills
Course info
Course module35B209-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Management; TiSEM: Management;
Is part of
B Econometrics and Operations Research
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A.K. Brown
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mr. A.J. Cartwright, MA
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R. Güleker
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R.K. Kumi
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E.P.J. van Luijt, MA
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Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
Registration openfrom 19/08/2019 up to and including 24/01/2020
The course Communication and Information Skills teaches you the basics of the following:
  • finding and using scientific sources;
  • presenting on scientific topics;
  • writing at an academic level;
  • using Excel to organize and rank information;
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.
This course consists of 4 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. Excel Skills (± 25 hrs)
The online tutorial Excel Skills consists of five components, each of which is completed with a practice test. In concrete terms, this means that you will learn:
  1. How to create and manage worksheets and workbooks.
  2. How to manage data cells and ranges.
  3. How to create tables.
  4. How to perform operations with formulas and functions.
  5. How to create charts and objects.
At the end of this module there will be a (digital) skills and knowledge assessment of 25 questions.

2. Information Skills (± 5 hrs)
For this module you will complete the online tutorial InfoSkills for Economics and Management. This tutorial consists of five components as well, 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.
Equally, at the end of this module there will be a (digital) skills and knowledge assessment of 25 questions.

3. Presentation Skills (± 50 hrs)
This module starts with a practice session in which you can get feedback on your presentation skills. You will then use this feedback when working your way through our online module Presentation Skills. You will learn to:
  1. Present your academic and economic topic in such a way that you achieve your communicative purpose.
  2. Structure your presentation to include an introduction, a body that suits your communicative purpose, and a conclusion, leaving room for questions at the end.
  3. Link sections in your presentation by creating a clear, logical flow so that the audience can easily follow you.
  4. Establish rapport with the audience with appropriate non-verbal communication (posture, supporting gestures, voice use, eye contact, etcetera).
  5. Employ well-considered visuals in such a way that they support but not distract from your presentation.
  6. Present using an appropriate register for your audience, explaining unfamiliar terminology.
  7. Speak fluently and in such a way that lack of or mistakes in vocabulary do not inhibit effective communication.
  8. Speak with a variety of grammatical constructions and in such a way that grammatical mistakes do not affect understanding. In general, your language is at a B2+ level (minimum).
You will complete this module by handing in a portfolio and presenting in front of several fellow students and a teacher who will grade your presentation on the spot. You will be able to view a recording of your performance afterwards.
4. Writing Skills (± 75 hrs)
After an introductory lecture you will write your own, individual academic text. This will happen in the course of 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) assessments (Excel Skills, Information Skills, Writing Skills) / (online) assignments (all modules) / (writing) assignment (Writing Skills) / portfolio (Presentation Skills) / presentation (Presentation Skills)  
Timetable information
Communication and Information Skills
Required materials
Recommended materials
Information Skills (5%)

Excel Skills

Writing Skills (70%)

Presentation Skills (25%)

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