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Communication in Science-2 (CiS-2)



Tuesday September 5th 2017 – Friday July 6th 2018.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of Communication in Science 1.


The second year writing program is a continuation of the foundation course. In the second year students will consolidate their writing skills by reporting on various experiments, the Biomedical Sciences Symposium. Students will learn how to express their own, substantiated, opinion by writing a critical summary of an article and an argumentative essay. This capability is an important component of writing reviews in third year and onwards. Students will attend and give feedback on a poster presentation given by third-year BSc students. In this year there is also a focus on oral communication skills; students will be trained to give a formal presentation to a large audience in Dutch and students will be supported in preparing an English-language presentation. During the annual Biomedical Sciences Symposium, organized 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

The student:

  • presents numerical and graphical data to audience in text and in presentations

  • shows ability to make a distinction between the language to summarise and to analyse

  • uses formal register as well as the appropriate verb forms in the different sections of the report

  • uses the skill of formal and concise writing

  • shows paraphrasing of scientific literature and stating sources properly

  • shows to be familiar with the language of argumentation (in English)

  • shows ability to distinguish between different voices in scientific writing

  • has obtained communication skills that allow them present coherently and convincingly while taking into account modern presentation principles

  • Is able to integrate video feedback in the presentation

  • uses the necessary skills to write an argumentative essay in English

  • is able to distinguish between different voices in scientific writing

  • is able to summarize and critically analyse scientific research data in a formal presentation

  • shows consolidation of learned and practiced skills in critical reading of a scientific article

  • shows skills necessary to communicate his/her analysis of an article to a scientific audience

  • uses the necessary skills to write an argumentative essay in English

  • shows growth in the skill of writing a symposium report in English under time pressure

  • summarizes and critically analyses scientific research data in a formal presentation

  • solidifies skills in gathering evidence from scientific literature

  • Is able to give a poster presentation, applying the principles of an effective scientific poster

  • practices writing collaboratively- persuade/ listen/ construct knowledge through dialogue

  • reflects on his/her own performance following a presentation delivery

  • Is able to give and receive constructive feedback on presentation ability

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 a weighted average of all individual marks for the written assignments and a formal oral 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).