Communication and Writing Skills

llsma2007  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Communication and Writing Skills
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Kolp Manuel; Swaen Valérie;
Main themes
This courses provides transversal competences to doctoral students ' i.e. competences that are useful to all researchers regardless of their specific topic and discipline. During this seminar, students will learn how to write a literature review, an academic paper; how to get published and how to present a research paper.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Contribution de l'unité d'enseignementau référentiel AA du programme
- Knowledge and reasoning
- Scientific and systematic approach
- Personal and professional development.

At the end of this seminar, the student will be able to:
  • prepare a research plan and an academic paper;
  • write a paperfollowing the academic standards;
  • review an academic paper;
  • deal with the reviewing process;
  • pitch his/her research;
present a research seminar.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
What makes a good research idea?
Designing your literature review (Searching for literature; Quality of journals; Writing the literature review')
Developing your research design (Conceptual model, hypotheses, methodology')
Writing your paper: what and how? (Structure of an academic paper; Writing an abstract; Writing the basic sections: data collection, findings, discussion, conclusion, limitations and future research; Positioning a research and defining contributions; Common mistakes of novice writers')
Publishing process (Soliciting for feedback; Developing research papers; Selecting an appropriate journal; Order of authors; Making the paper ready for submission; ')
Reviewing your paper
Presenting your research in a research seminar
Pitch your research to a non-expert audience
Teaching methods
The course will be organized around thematic sessions.
Students are expected to prepare the writing/reading assignment and think about the topics before each session. They are also expected to contribute in an informed, critical and innovative manner during the sessions.
Different exercises could be proposed to students such as:
  • published paper analysis;
  • formulating research title, aim, objectives, research questions;
  • writing abstract and if possible, a working paper;
  • reviewing papers written by other students;
presenting orally a working paper.
Evaluation methods
Continuous evaluation
  • Date: To be specified later
  • Type of evaluation: work in the form of a working paper on a topic of choice + presentation and discussion
  • Comments: More exercises to prepare before, during, after class sessions.
Evaluation week
  • Oral: No
  • Written: No
  • Unavailability or comments: No
Examination session
  • Oral: No
  • Written: No
  • Unavailability or comments: In case of failed, the student will be asked to represent the final work of the course
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Management