Syllabus of ELS 301 - Advanced Communication Skills


Department: Faculty Academic English Program

Credits: Bilkent 3,    ECTS 5

Course Coordinator: Marlene Denice Elwell

Semester: 2019-2020 Summer

Contact Hours: 3 hours of lecture per week   
 
Textbook and Other Required Material:
  • Required - Lecture: Course Notes (Moodle)
 
Catalog Description:
ELS 301 aims to introduce and practice effective thinking and business communication skills both in writing and orally with a focus on presentation skills and business report writing involving secondary research.
 
Prerequisite(s): ELS 102 or ENG 102
 
Assessment Methods:
  Type Label Count Total Contribution
1 Presentation 1 Informative Presentation 1 15
2 Presentation 2: Report (stage 1) Discussion Presentation 2: Report (stage 1) Discussion 1 15
3 Presentation 3 Presentation 3 1 20
4 Report : Stage 1 Report : Stage 1 1 15
5 Report: Final Report: Final 1 25
6 Individual/ Group work Individual/ Group work 2 10
 
Minimum Requirements to Qualify for the Final Exam:
80% attendance No final exam
 
Course Learning Outcomes:
Course Learning Outcome Assessment
Can think analytically to identify issues and suggest possible solutions Presentation 2: Report (stage 1) Discussion
Report: Final
Can incorporate secondary research into technical report writing Report : Stage 1
Report: Final
Can deliver effective informative and persuasive presentations Informative Presentation
Presentation 3
Can use advanced level grammatical structures and a wide range of vocabulary accurately and appropriately Informative Presentation
Presentation 2: Report (stage 1) Discussion
Presentation 3
Report : Stage 1
Report: Final
Individual/ Group work
Can write professionally formatted business reports Report: Final
Can orally express self in a constructive and productive manner Presentation 2: Report (stage 1) Discussion
Individual/ Group work
 
Weekly Syllabus:
  1. Course Introduction: Aims & Objectives & Course Topic
  2. Business writing style & formats Topic selection
  3. Input on Student-led Discussions
  4. Designing Effective Visuals
  5. Presentation 1 & Reflection
  6. Report (stage1) Input & SWOT Analysis
  7. Analysis Skills
  8. Presentation 2: Analysis Maps & Reflection
  9. Workshop on Presentations 3 & Schedule Report Stage 1 Final
  10. Presentation 3 & Reflection
  11. Presentation 3 & Reflection
  12. Analysis:Further Consequences / Recommendations
  13. Workshop on Report
  14. Workshop on Evaluation Report Final
 
ECTS - Workload Table:
Activities Number Hours Workload
Course hours 14 3 42
Individual or group work 8 3 24
Presentation (including preparation) 3 10 30
Report (including preparation and presentation if applicable) 2 25 50
Total Workload: 146
Total Workload / 30: 146 / 30
  4.87
ECTS Credits of the Course: 5
 
Type of Course:   Lecture - Project - Tutorial - Moodle - Independent Studies - Workshop: Guided Personal Study
 
Teaching Methods:   Lecture - Training tutorial - Presentations - Assignment - Independent study