Checking date: 28/04/2017


Course: 2017/2018

Writing and communication skills
(14360)
Study: Bachelor in Management of Information and Digital Contents (340)


Coordinating teacher: SORIA TOMAS, GUADALUPE

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS

Course:
Semester:




Students are expected to have completed
None. If the subject is taken in English (Writing and Communication Skills) the student must be proficient in spoken and written English
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
At the end of the course the student should be able to: - Distinguish the characteristics of written and spoken language. - Choose a topic and organize ideas. - Divide a text into paragraphs correctly. - Use vocabulary and register appropriate to the context. - Use correct intonation. - Write an essay and make an oral presentation following a logical order, providing necessary information and following grammatical and lexical rules.
Description of contents: programme
The program is divided into two main parts. The first deals with writing and the second with speaking. The work method will include providing students with a theoretical basis which is essential for understanding the work expected from them, but will focus primarily on applying this knowledge to practical exercises. Therefore, the program must be carried out in the form of seminars and work sessions in relatively small groups, which allow for quick feedback and follow-up from the teacher. The student is expected to take an active role in the learning process, participating in class activities and working in groups to carry out the tasks set by the teacher. THE WRITING PROCESS - Evaluating Texts - Understanding Purpose and Register - Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism - Organizing Paragraphs - Introductions - Conclusions - Organizing the Main Body - Rewriting and Proof-reading ELEMENTS OF WRITING - Argument - Cause and Effect - Comparison - Discussion - Cohesion - Style PUBLIC SPEAKING - Evaluating and Analyzing Sound Documents - Pronunciation and Intonation - Essential Parts of a Presentation - Organizing Your Presentation - Effective Body Language
Learning activities and methodology
ACTIVITIES 1. Techniques for generating and organizing ideas. 2. Rules for constructing correct sentences using appropriate vocabulary in an academic setting. 3. Dividing a text in paragraphs. 4. Explanation of what makes a well-written text or effective presentation and examples. 5. Exercises with pronunciation and intonation. 6. Individual and group presentations. 7. Individual and group writing. SKILLS 1. Choose a topic and organize ideas. 2. Recognize and write correct sentences in an academic context. 3. Build vocabulary. 4. Divide a text into paragraphs correctly. 5. Write a correct and coherent essay. 6. Give a well-organized and well-delivered presentation. 7. Use correct intonation and effective body language. 8. Learn to give constructive criticism to peers. METHODOLOGY 1. Brainstorming. Conceptual Mapping. Outlines. 2. Error correction exercises. 3. Paragraph dividing exercises. 4. Analysis and commentary of different types of texts and sound documents. 5. Pronunciation and intonation exercises. 6. Mock individual and group presentations. 7. Constructive criticism from classmates and teacher correction.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Basic Bibliography
  • FAVA-VERDÉ, AMANDA & ANTHONY MANNING. "Essay Writing, (TASK Series), Reading". Garnet Publishing Ltd., 2015. [For students from the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Jurídicas & Facultad de Humanidades, Comunicación y Documentación]
  • GRIFFITHS, PRUE. "Scientific Writing",. (TASK Series), Reading: Garnet Publishing Ltd., 2015. [For students from the Escuela Politécnica Superior]
Additional Bibliography
  • BAILEY, STEPHEN. ¿Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students¿. 3rd edition, London: Routledge. 2011.
  • BEEBE AND BEEBE,. "Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach". New Jersey. Allyn & Bacon, 2003.
  • BENSON, M., BENSON, E. AND R. ILSON. "The BBI Dictionary of English Word Combinations". Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 1997
  • Concise Oxford Thesaurus. Oxford . Oxford University Press. 2007
  • DEVITO, J. "The Essential Elements of Public Speaking". New Jersey: Allyn & Bacon. 2003.
  • LOWE, S. AND L. PILE. "Presenting". Surrey: Delta Publishing. 2006.
  • MCCARTHY, M. AND F. O¿DELL. "Academic Vocabulary in Use". Cambridge University Press. 2006
  • SINCLAIR, J., COLLINS COBUILD . "Advanced English Dictionary". Heinle . (SGEL)
  • STRUNK JR., W. "The Elements of Style". New York: Bartleby. 1999
  • SWAN, M. "Practical English Usage". Oxford University Press. 2005.
  • TRIMMER, J. "The Essentials of MLA Style". Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1998.
  • TRUSS, LYNN. "Eats, Shoots and Leaves". London: Gotham Books. 2004.

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.