Communication and Writing Skills

LLSMA2007  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Communication and Writing Skills
5.0 crédits
30.0 h

Thèmes abordés

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.


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.

La contribution de cette UE au développement et à la maîtrise des compétences et acquis du (des) programme(s) est accessible à la fin de cette fiche, dans la partie « Programmes/formations proposant cette unité d’enseignement (UE) ».


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

Méthodes d'enseignement

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.

Modes d'évaluation
des acquis des étudiants

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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Faculté ou entité
en charge

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

Intitulé du programme
Master [120] en sciences de gestion