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Communication in Science-2 (CiS-2)


Admission requirements

Successful completion of Communication in Science 1.


The second year writing programme 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, and two clinical conferences. Students will also write a letter to the editor which provides critical comments on a scientific article published in a journal. Students will learn how to express their own, substantiated, opinion. This is an important component of writing reviews in your 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

After the second year, the student will:

  • have further developed rewriting skills in English;

  • have gained more experience in writing scientific texts;

  • be able to write a critical summary in English

  • be able to write a clinical conference report;

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

  • be able to give a formal presentation in Dutch.

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).