ELIT100 Academic English and Effective Communication

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
ELIT100 Academic English and Effective Communication 2 1 6
Prerequisite It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer Ervin Kovacevic Office Hours Schedule
E-mail ekovacevic@ius.edu.ba
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Course Objectives This course is designed to help students achieve success in their academic and professional lives by developing fundamental skills necessary for effective communication. The course deals with organizing academic presentations, writing essays, incorporating different types of sources into speeches and writings, and utilizing various communication strategies in formal and informal settings. Students will develop their skills and techniques through frequent assignments and class activities.
Textbook ELIT100 Reader (selected excerpts from Refining Composition Skills, Rhetoric and Grammar, Heinle & Heinle, 2012; Market Leader Advanced, Iwonna Dubicka-Margaret O'Keeffe-Bill Mascull, Pearson, 2011; Introduction to academic writing Alice Oshima, Ann Hogue, Longman, 2007; Koerner, A. F., & Fitzpatrick, M. A. (2006). Family communication patterns theory: A social cognitive approach. Engaging theories in family communication: Multiple perspectives, 50-65., etc.)
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Write well-organized essays and deliver well-prepared speeches.
  2. Utilize various information sources for academic communication purposes.
  3. Deliver well-structured messages in oral and written forms of communication.
  4. Use dynamic presentation techniques in terms of structure and presentation.
  5. Successfully engage in various communication strategies and styles.
Teaching Methods Lectures, class discussions, in-class activities, take-home assignments, and presentations.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Introduction to the course, syllabus syllabus, presentation
Week 2 Essential academic skills; Emotional intelligence ELIT100 reader
Week 3 Norms in academic communication; Subjective and objective language ELIT100 reader
Week 4 Paragraph construction; Assignment 1 ELIT100 reader
Week 5 Essay construction; Classification essay; Assignment 2 ELIT100 reader
Week 6 Academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism ELIT100 reader
Week 7 Midterm exam progress review; MIDTERM EXAM ELIT100 reader
Week 8 Body language and nonverbal communication; The art of persuasion
Week 9 Comparison and contrast essay; Family communication patterns ELIT100 reader
Week 10 Comparison and contrast essay; Public speaking anxiety. Assignment 3 ELIT100 reader
Week 11 Designing a dynamic presentation ELIT100 reader
Week 12 Research data collection; Analyzing and reporting graphs. Assignment 4 ELIT100 reader
Week 13 Students' presentations. Assignment 5
Week 14 Students' presentations
Week 15 Students' presentations; Progress review
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 30 1,2,3
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Presentation 1 15 1,3,4
Midterm Exam 1 30 1,2,5
Assignments 5 25 1,2,5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Attending the Lectures 3 15 45 Home study/Revision 1 11 11
Presentation 4 4 16 Studying for the midterm exam 8 3 24
Assignments 6 5 30 Studying for the final exam 8 3 24
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 29/11/2019
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