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Communication in Science-3 (CiS-3)


Admission requirements

Successful completion of Communication in Science 2.


During the third year, students extend their writing and presentation skills. During the course English for an International Audience, the oral presentation skills appropriate to giving a paper to an international audience will be discussed and practiced, as well as linguistic aspects such as intonation, word stress and pronunciation of key words. Students will write a critical interpretation of a philosophical article or review from a list relevant to the THEOS module and give an oral presentation of the same article to their peers. Each student will write a full scientific report in English, as if for publication, on an experiment. In addition, students will write a training period article in English on their three-month student research project and discuss this with their peers. Each student will then have an individual tutorial with one of the CIS teachers to identify and work on individual writing issues. At the end of the year, a poster presentation will be held, during which all students present the results of their student research projects to their fellow students.
During the annual Biomedical Sciences Symposium, organised by Master’s students and supervised by CIS, students will gain insight into the research profiles of the LUMC; during this symposium, Master’s students present their research results in English to all Bachelor’s students.

Course objectives

After the third year, the student will:

  • be able to apply previously acquired presentation skills to a presentation in English, which forms an integral part of a scientist’s work;

  • be familiar with the various roles of participants at an international conference;

  • be aware of the importance of intonation, word stress and pronunciation of key words in English;

  • have further developed previously acquired writing skills by writing a critical interpretation in English;

  • have consolidated previously acquired writing skills;

  • be able to write a training period article in English on a research project;

  • be able to review training period reports in cooperation with their peers;

  • be able to write a full scientific report in English, as if for publication;

  • be able to give a poster presentation at a conference, using the results of their training period results.

Mode of instruction

The line course Communication in Science (CIS) is a form of transmodular education that is integrated with 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.

Assessment method

CIS applies continuous assessment; the final mark for the year is the average of all individual marks for the written assignments, a formal oral presentation and a poster presentation.

Reading list

Communiceren over Onderzoek voor Beginners, Deel 1: Schriftelijk Rapporteren; Deel 2: Presenteren, D.M. van Bijsterveld (available as PDF files on Blackboard).