COMMUNICATING FOR IMPACT A

SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M1N226962
Module Leader Jeremiah Essuman
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The Communicating for Impact modules aim to empower students with the communication and critical thinking skills essential for success as scholars at an African university, and as future leaders of the African continent. These skills are grounded in the belief that a nuanced understanding of written and spoken language, and the mastery of communication skills, are essential to developing and expressing ideas that change the world. In this module, students will build an understanding of grammar, writing conventions and organisation of ideas. Students will also gain familiarity with, and practice, different types of arguments and analysis.

Syllabus

Unit 1: Grammar, Writing Conventions, and Organisation -360? Grammar and written conventions ? Scoping and mind/concept mapping ? Thesis statements, citations, and annotated bibliography ? Essay outlines Unit 2: Argument and Analysis -360? Arguments, modes of persuasion, and logical fallacies ? Literature review and quality of evidence ? Thesis statements and analysing evidence ? Counter arguments and rebuttal

Learning Outcomes

On succesful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Utilize correct grammar and effective writing conventions2. Outline, organise, and draft argumentative essays3. Write a thesis statement and support it with appropriate evidence 4. Create an annotated bibliography5. Conduct an effective search and review of research6. Understand the process of peer review and evaluate the credibility of sources.7. Engage with the ideas of others during an argument, and use different points of view to strengthen one's own argument

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will provide students with a foundation in academic and non-academic writing. A blended learning approach will be used to engage students in the module content. Students will be introduced to concepts and deepen their understanding of these concepts through facilitated classroom sessions. Students will also independently study content published on the online learning environment. Students will further deepen their understanding of all module content through peer learning. Students will receive further support during weekly Office Hours sessions with facilitators.

Indicative Reading

-360 Aarts, B. (2011). Oxford Modern English Grammar. 1st ed. Oxford University Press. Aarts, B. (2017). English Syntax and Argumentation. 5th ed. Red Globe Press. Giri, VN. (2006). Culture and Communication Style., Review of Communication. Volume 6, Issue 1-2. 124 - 130. Harvey, G. (2017). Writing with sources: a guide for students. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company. Straus, J., Kaufman, L., Stern, T. (2014). The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation. 11th ed. Wiley. Thonney, T. (2015). Academic Writing: Concepts and Connections. 1st ed. Oxford University Press. Online resources: Dorchies, Greg. "Cohesion." <http://www.clarkson.edu/writingcenter/docs/cohesion.pdf> Edoro, A. (2013). "The Poetics of Scam (419) Emails." Brittle Paper. November 08, 2013. <http://brittlepaper.com/2013/11/email-scam-letters/> "Grammar Videos." <http://smrtenglish.com/smrt/resources/grammarvideos> Min, Young-Kyung. "ESL: Source Use & Synthesis Skills." <http://www.bothell.washington.edu/wacc/for-students/eslhandbook/sourceuseandsynthesis> Writing@CSU: <https://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/co300man/pop6c.cfm>

Transferrable Skills

Organising for effective communication Storytelling and presentation Audience awareness Voice Critical thinking Analysis Feedback

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Independent Learning (FT) 76.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 04 n/a 30.00 35% Argumentative essay
Course Work 02 n/a 30.00 35% Essay Outline
Course Work 01 n/a 15.00 35% Weekly assessments
Course Work 03 n/a 25.00 35% Weekly assessments