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Communication in Science for Exchange Students



In the line course Communication in Science (CIS), students learn the principles of scientific communication which they need to become professional writers and presenters. Students complete several assignments related to scientific writing and presenting which are integrated into the modules. They will participate in a presentation training, write an article review, prepare a duo presentation and write a persuasive essay on a controversial scientific topic.

Course objectives

After the first semester of year 2, the student will:

  • be able to communicate their analysis of a scientific article;

  • be able to write a persuasive essay;

  • have developed skills in concise, formal writing;

  • have gained experience in giving constructive peer feedback;

  • have learned to structure and design a scientific presentation in pairs;

  • have learned techniques for giving effective and memorable presentations in English

Mode of instruction

The line course Communication in Science (CIS) is a form of transmodular education that is integrated within the modules. CIS is taught via lectures, work groups, self-study, video training and individual tutorials. Students build up a portfolio containing all assessments and feedback. The course makes use of the electronic learning environment Blackboard.

Information for exchange students

This module is part of an English taught semester of the bachelor’s programme in Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University Medical Center. Combining biomedical modules with modules from other programmes in Leiden is difficult or impossible due to different scheduling schemes. Exchange students* with sufficient relevant background knowledge in biology/biomedicine are therefore encouraged and advised to choose the entire module package indicated below (September – end of December 2016).

  • Immunology (BW), 9 EC

  • Infectious Agents And Immunity, 6 EC

  • Physiology, Basic Concepts, 8 EC

  • Communication in Science for Exchange students, 2 EC

  • Biomedical Academic Scientific Training for Exchange Students, 3 ECTS

  • Applied Electrophysiology for Exchange students, 2 ECTS

*, the modules are obligatory for students from the Karolinska Institute that attend the curricular exchange programme