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Course Code: 
COMM 199
Course Period: 
Autumn
Course Type: 
Core
P: 
1
Lab: 
0
Credits: 
1
ECTS: 
2
Course Language: 
English
Course Coordinator: 
Course Objectives: 
The overall aim of this course is to enhance the written communication skills of students in academic English.
Course Content: 

The lectures will cover the basics of academic writing with a special emphasis on the structure of paragraphs and essays, different types of essays as well as paraphrasing and quoting from and citing scholarly sources without committing plagiarism.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture; 2: Interactive Lecture; 15: Homework
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam, C: Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes  Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods  Assessment Methods 
1. The student writes paragraphs which have unity and coherence. 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 1, 2, 15 A, C
2. The student uses supporting details like facts, statistics, and quotations in the paragraphs that s/he has written. 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 1, 2, 15 A, C
3. The student writes various types of essays (such as process essays, cause-effect essays, comparison-contrast essays, and argumentative essays). 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 1, 2, 15 A, C
4. The student paraphrases from and/or summarizes the information and arguments s/he takes from scholarly sources. 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 1, 2, 15 A, C
5. The student applies the rules of academic citation without committing plagiarism and similar serious offenses. 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 1, 2, 15 A, C

Course Flow

COURSE CONTENT
Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction: the aim and scope of the course    
2 What is plagiarism? How can we avoid it? Oshima & Hogue (2006), chapter 8
3 The structure of a paragraph Oshima & Hogue (2006), chapter 1
4 Unity and coherence in a paragraph  Oshima & Hogue (2006), chapter 2
5 Assignment submission I  
6 The structure of an essay  Oshima & Hogue (2006), chapter 4
7 Different types of essays Oshima & Hogue (2006), chapter 6, 7, & 9
8 Assignment submission II   
9 Direct and indirect quotations Oshima & Hogue (2006), chapter 3
10 Assignment submission III  
11 Paraphrasing and summarizing scholarly information and arguments  Oshima & Hogue (2006), chapter 8
12 Assignment submission IV  
13 The process of academic writing: outlining, writing, and polishing Oshima & Hogue (2006), Appendix A
14 Citing sources in the text and bibliography  Oshima & Hogue (2006), Appendix B & APA 7.0 Manual
15 General evaluation  
16 Submission of the final assignment  

Recommended Sources

RECOMMENDED SOURCES
Textbook Oshima, A. & Houge, A. (2006). Writing Academic English (4th ed.). London: Pearson Longman.
Additional Resources Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.) (2003). Washington, DC: APA.

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Assessment

ASSESSMENT
IN-TERM STUDIES NUMBER PERCENTAGE
Assignment 5 100
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade 1 50
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade  5 50
Total   100
COURSE CATEGORY Fundamental Courses

Course’s Contribution to Program

COURSE CONTRIBUTION TO PROGRAM
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Students demonstrate knowledge on market segmentation, are able to follow the trends in consumer behavior, and create effective advertising messages suitable for target audiences          
2 Students design advertisements suitable for both traditional and digital media.          
3 Students gain awareness and knowledge on interdisciplinary subjects that are beneficial both for their professional and intellectual lives.         X
4 Students demonstrate knowledge of the campaign processes in written, audio-visual, electronic, and outdoor advertising media. They plan and manage campaigns in accordance with national and international standards.          
5 Students demonstrate knowledge of the research methods related to the field of advertising and are able to use the obtained data to evaluate results in campaign processes.          
6 Students create and lead media strategies in the field of advertising.           
7 Students abide by universal values, law and ethical principles.         X
8 Students follow the developments in the fields with the awareness of lifelong learning and entrepreneurial approach. They are self-confident in communicating with institutions and persons and suggest solutions to problems independently or as team members.          
9 Students adopt the critical approach in evaluating knowledge and skills related to the field.         X
10 Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts and models related to the field.          

ECTS

ECTS ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD BY THE COURSE DESCRIPTION
Activities Quantity Duration
(Hour)
Total
Workload
(Hour)
Course Duration 14 2 28
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 12 1 12
Assignment 6 1 6
Final examination 1 2 2
Total Work Load     48
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     1.8
ECTS Credit of the Course     2