Writing and Communication Skills

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Writing and Communication Skills

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Contact Hours

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  • Overview

    Writing and communication skills (251 - 14360)
    Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering
    Semester 1/Fall Semester
    1ST Year Course/Lower Division

    Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results:

    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:

    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.

    - Evaluating Texts
    - Understanding Purpose and Register
    - Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
    - Organizing Paragraphs
    - Introductions
    - Conclusions
    - Organizing the Main Body
    - Rewriting and Proof-reading

    - Argument
    - Cause and Effect
    - Comparison
    - Discussion
    - Cohesion
    - Style

    - Evaluating and Analyzing Sound Documents
    - Pronunciation and Intonation
    - Essential Parts of a Presentation
    - Organizing Your Presentation
    - Effective Body Language

    Learning activities and methodology:

    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.

    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 correct and well-delivered public speech.
    7. Use correct intonation and effective body language.
    8. Learn to give constructive criticism to peers.

    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:

    - Exercises and practical activities to be completed both in and outside class.
    - Written essay to be turned in.
    - Oral presentation done in class.

    In order for the student to make-up the subject, the requirements are the following:

    1. The student must have atended a mínimum of 50% of the clases.
    2. The student must turn in a written essay and do an oral presentation (which may be sent electronically).

    Basic Bibliography:

    FAVA-VERDÉ, Amanda / MANNING, Anthony. Essay Writing (TASK Series). Reading, Garnet Publishing Ltd.. 2015

    Additional Bibliography:

    BAILEY, Stephen. Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students, 3rd edition. London, Routledge. 2011
    BENSON, M. / BENSON, E. / ILSON, R.. The BBI Dictionary of English Word Combinations. Amsterdam, John Benjamins. 1997
    DeVITO, J.. The Essential Elements of Public Speaking. New Jersey, Allyn/Bacon . 2003
    LOWE, S. / PILE, L. . Presenting. Surrey, Delta Publishing. 2006
    McCARTHY, M. / O'DELL, F.. Academic Vocabulary in Use. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 2006
    SINCLAIR, J. . Collins Cobuild Advanced English Dictionary. Heinle (SGEL).
    . Concise Oxford Thesaurus. Oxford, Oxford University Press. 2007
    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, L.. Eats, Shoots and Leaves. London, Gotham Books. 2004

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.


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