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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 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: Assignment
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam; C: Assignment

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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 www.apastyle.apa.org

 

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Assessment

ASSESSMENT
IN-TERM STUDIES NUMBER PERCENTAGE
Mid-terms - -
Quizzes - -
Assignment 6 60
Final 1 40
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   40
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   60
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 He/ She defines the basic concepts, principles and theoretical approaches of communication.          
2 He/ She defines the profession of journalism; demonstrate the ability to use, process and disseminate research and knowledge related to that field.          
3 He/ She gains knowledge about interdisciplinary issues and in the light of this information, he/she interprets the social effects and functions of mass media.     X    
4 He/ She discusses new concepts and approaches in the media. He/ She interprets these concepts by linking with the profession of journalism at national and international dimensions.          
5 He/ She establishes the connection between the profession of journalism and society, political, legal, cultural, historical and economic development; and analysis the power and states significance of the journalism in contemporary societies.          
6 He/ She Interpret the historical development process of media, gain the ability to explain the effects of media on historical events and facts.          
7 He/ She applies the texts and images to different media by using the technical and theoretical discipline acquired in the journalism field.   X      
8 He/ She debates the organizational, legal and financial structure of media organizations and interprets the media within the framework of legal and ethical codes.          
9 He/ She relates new communication technologies with journalistic practice and applies written and visual content suitable for digital media.   X      
10 He/ She deals with researching methodology and data generation methods in the field; prepares scientific papers with his/her information on this discipline.       X  

 

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
Mid-terms 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