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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 write a letter to an editor, prepare a presentation using Powerpoint, and develop their presentation skills by participating in a presentation training. More detailed information about CIS for exchange students will be provided during a lecture at the beginning of the semester.

Course objectives

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

  • have further developed effective writing skills in English;

  • be able to write a critical letter to an editor;

  • have gained experience in giving peer feedback;

  • be able to prepare a basic presentation in English using Powerpoint;

  • have learned techniques to give 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 2015).

  • Immunology (BW), 8 EC

  • Pathogen-Host Interactions part 2, 3 EC

  • Infection and Immunity in Practice, 3 EC

  • Physiology, Basic Concepts, 8 EC

  • Communication in Science for Exchange students, 1 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