Academic Skills CIS 1

2018-2019

Course Objective

Knowledge about information skills:
• You have insight into the character and the role of scientific
information, and you know the systems in which you can find that
information: LibSearch (the online catalog system of the UB VU) and
relevant e-resources.
• You know the rules for the title description with respect to your
degree programme (APA 6th) and you know why this type of rules are
relevant.
• You know the criteria that you can apply to assess whether information
on websites and web documents has (scientific) quality.
• You know which criteria you can use to assess what the quality of
argumentation in texts is. You also know how a chosen
illustration (drawing, photo, graph, table, statistics, etc.) in the
text can affect the interpretation.

Skills:
• You can search literature by title, author and subject code in
catalogs and e-resources.
• You can handle the rules of the title description.
• You can assess wether web documents and websites are of scientific
value based on criteria within your field.

Knowledge about writing a research paper:
• You know the most important characteristics of a scientific text and
you know how such texts are generally structured. You also know what is
the best approach to write a scientific text.

Skills:
• You are able to use writing strategies that help to efficiently deal
with a writing task.
• You can apply a number of important principles of text structuring.

Knowledge about oral presentation:
You will have knowledge about the essential aspects of an effective
presentation – for example, about structure, delivery and visual
support. You will practice these aspects inside and outside class, give
a short mock presentation of the introduction of your talk, and give and
receive feedback from course members.

Skills:
• You know the most important characteristics of oral presentations
• You are able to design an effective oral presentation on academic
research, and present your introduction of your talk.

Course Content

In the academic world you are dealing with all sorts of information. In
the Information skills part of this course you become acquainted with
these sorts of information and you learn about the role of the VU
University Library in unlocking all kinds of (digital) sources and
scientific literature. You also learn how to approach the search for
information about a specific topic. This also includes how to assess
whether information is suitable for use in a scientific context, and how
to critically analyze the arguments presented in texts and in images.
Starting in week 4 of the period, you will start with writing a research
paper. You choose an approach and create a structure for the paper in
which you will report on research results, and you search and read
literature that puts your research question and your research results in
a broader, theoretical context. Starting in week five, you will learn
how to present academic research to an academic audience (part ‘Oral
Presentation’).

Teaching Methods

Lectures, seminars. Alternating 3 or 4 contact hours per week
(2 meetings per week), at least 80% attendance required.

Method of Assessment

Assignments, all of which must be graded as ‘pass’.

Entry Requirements

Does not apply.

Literature

Laaken, M. van der, & Van der Laaken, B. (2013). Presentation
techniques. Bussum: Coutinho. Other literature will be listed on or will
be available via the Canvas site.

Target Audience

1st year bachelor Communication and Information Studies.

Additional Information

This is a mandatory course in the first year. There is a mandatory
presence of at least 80%. For a positive binding study advice (BSA), all
parts of this course must be completed with sufficient results. In
addition, this course counts as an entry requirement for the 2nd year
courses. For this module, taking the Language test is a condition for
awarding the obtained credits.

Custom Course Registration

An exception to the standard sign-up procedure applies to this module. For this module the division of groups is made by the course coordinator after which the registration on seminar groups is made by the education office; students can therefore subscribe to the module itself, but not to a specific seminar group.

General Information

Course Code L_AABAALGAV5
Credits 3 EC
Period P2
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator drs. B.F. Stuyvenberg
Examiner drs. B.F. Stuyvenberg
Teaching Staff dr. M.L.M.J. Vliegen
dr. T. Krennmayr
dr. S.A. Blackwell
drs. B.F. Stuyvenberg

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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