Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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KIEN2364 English Seminar Skills / Natural Sciences 2 op
Organised by
Centre for Language and Communication St./English
Person in charge
Kelly Raita


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: B2 - C1

General description

This course is only for students of genetics and ecology. The course is divided into two parts: academic writing skills and presentation skills.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should:
- understand the key issues related to writing academic text in English;
- be aware of the style and structure of academic research papers, paragraph structure, text flow and cohesion;
- be able to effectively present a seminar paper in English, in a style appropriate for an academic conference;
- understand the structure of different presentation formats;
- be able to use signposting in order to improve a presentation's flow, clarity, and comprehensibility for the audience;
- be able to maximize the impact of visual aids and use them effectively;
- be aware of body language in presentation situations;
- be able to use clear and comprehensible language in presentations;
- be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of presentation tools such as PowerPoint and Prezi; and
- be able to evaluate peer presentations based on the elements of an effective presentation.


Topics covered on the course are:
- academic writing style and vocabulary;
- corpora tools for writing in the natural sciences;
- paragraph structure and the format and organization of academic texts;
- flow and cohesion in writing;
- the organisation and structure of different types of academic presentations;
- elements of an effective presentation;
- effective visuals (including poster presentations);
- body language and language techniques;
- audience analysis, including specialists vs. non-specialists and the proper scope and depth of presentations;
- effective visual aids and developing techniques for highlighting key information;
- presentation language, including academic spoken vs. written discourse
- creating rapport;
- responding to questions;
- receiving and implementing feedback from peers and the instructor

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Tutorials 20 h 0 h
Independent work 10 h 0 h
Seminar 10 h 0 h
Exercises 0 h 10 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English

For credit, min. 80% attendance and active participation.



Further information

Contact Kelly Raita: kelly.raita[at]utu.fi

Belongs to following study modules

Kieli- ja viestintäopintojen keskus
Biologian laitos
Biologian laitos
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Kieli- ja viestintäopintojen keskus
Kieli- ja viestintäopintojen keskus/indonesia