|Erasmus code / ISCED:||
|Course title:||Academic Skills|
|Name in Polish:||Academic Skills|
|Organizational unit:||Faculty of Psychology|
obligatory courses for 2 year
|ECTS credit allocation (and other scores):||
|Type of course:||
The aim of the course is to give 1st-year international students of a taught
MA in Psychology the necessary oral presentation skills and academic
writing skills to structure and present their ideas effectively in English.
The course is designed to present, practise and produce the basic skills
required in an academic environment, with particular attention given to
psychology as the area of students’ interest and study. The oral and visual
presentation skills and the academic writing skills practised during the
course will focus on students being able to communicate a clear, precise
and cohesive message to their audience and will focus on utilising
appropriate register and textual organisation. Students will work with a
variety of texts and be able to identify and summarise the main ideas in
their own work and in others’. Students are expected to be prepared for
lessons, to participate actively in discussions and activities and to
continue learning and improving their skills throughout the course.
Some useful texts for the course:
Cory, Hugh (1999). Advanced Writing with English in Use:
Advanced (CAE). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hewings, Martin (2005). Advanced Grammar in Use. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.
McCarthy M., & O'Dell, F. (2009). Academic Vocabulary in Use.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Random House Handbook (1987). Fifth edition. Random House.
NB: The majority of the texts will come from the instructor’s own
materials or materials specially prepared for the course by the instructor.
Useful online resources:
Students will become familiar with and competent in the use of academic
discourse in their particular field of study. After extensive practice, they
will have a clear understanding of academic register, the importance of
academic integrity and the basic rules of APA style. Receptive and
productive skills in English will be enhanced and students will find a more
fluent and effective style for presenting their ideas in the English
|Assessment methods and assessment criteria:||
Students may not miss more than two classes without a clearly
documented medical justification. Exceeding this limit will result in a
student failing the course.
Points for the course are awarded as follows:
a) Attendance/preparation/participation 30 pts
b) Mini presentation 10 pts (based on an academic article)
c) Main presentation 20 pts (based on academic essay and given
during final class)
d) Academic essay (ca.750 words) 40 pts
Final grades for the course:
2 (below 60%)
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