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Course details 2012-2013  
Scientific English
Course Code :2003FBDBMW
Study domain:Linguistics and Proficiency
Semester:Semester: 2nd semester
Contact hours:28
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction :English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Tom Van Hout


1. Prerequisites

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
Specific prerequisites for this course:
Upper-intermediate level in spoken and written English

2. Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to

  • describe the principles of effective academic and business communication
  • prepare and deliver academic/business presentations
  • reference sources used in their work
  • use peer and instructor feedback to revise their work
  • demonstrate an understanding of standards and ethics for academic success


3. Course contents

Overall purpose of the course is

  • to enhance students’ academic and information literacy
  • to raise students’ critical awareness of textually mediated information societies

The course is designed to provide the following knowledge and skills:

  • Students can plan, draft, write and revise an academic paper/business report
  • Students can plan, design and deliver an academic/business presentation 

4. Teaching method

Class contact teaching:
  • Practice sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Skills training

  • Personal work:
  • Exercises
  • Assignments:Individually
  • Assignments:In group
  • Casussen: In group

  • Directed self-study

    5. Assessment method and criteria

    Continuous assessment:
  • Assignments
  • Case studies
  • Participation in classroom activities

  • Written assignment:
  • Without oral presentation

  • Presentation

    6. Study material

    Required reading

    Blanpain, Krisitin (2012) Academic Writing. A resource for researchers. Leuven: Acco.

    Barrass, Robert (2002) Scientists must write. A guide to better writing for scientists, engineers and students. London: Routledge.

    Alley, Michael (2003) The craft of scientific presentations. Critical steps to succeed and critical errors to avoid. New York: Springer-Verlag

    Optional reading

    The following study material can be studied on a voluntary basis:
    Jean-luc Doumont (2009) Trees, maps, and theorems. Effective communication for rational minds. Kraainem: Principiae. 

    Rehn, Alf (2006) The scholar’s progress. Essays on academic life and survival. Lincoln: iUniverse. 

    Walters, D. Eric & Walters, Gale Climenson (2002) Scientists must speak. Bringing presentations to life. London: Routledge.

    7. Contact information

    (+)last update: 24/08/2013 14:18 tom.vanhout