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neu760 - Scientific English (Complete module description)
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Module label Scientific English
Module code neu760
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
(0,5 SWS Lecture (VO) Total workload 23h: 8h contact / 15h research for term paper 3,5 SWS Supervised exercise (UE) Total workload 158h: 46h contact / 46h preparation of texts and presentations / 66h term paper)
Faculty/Institute Department of Neurosciences
Used in course of study
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) >
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) >
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) >
Contact person
Module responsibility
Authorized examiners
Entry requirements
non-native speakers
Skills to be acquired in this module
+ Neurosci. knowlg.
++ Social skills
++ Data present./disc.
++ Scientific English

Upon completion of this course, students

have increased their proficiency in different forms of scientific presentation and

communication in English, with special emphasis on neuroscience

are able to express themselves with correct sentence structure and grammar, correct use of

idioms and correct pronounciation

are proficient in different contexts of scientific communication (e.g., paper, poster and informal

exchange by email or phone)

are able to recognize and avoid common errors of non-native speakers.
Module contents
Lectures cover
  • characteristics of the different forms of scientific presentations
  • sentence structure using the passive voice
  • scientific vocabulary and terminology as contrasted to common speech
  • appropriate language for communication with scientific editors and referees
Students read neuroscience texts of an advanced level and practice explaining and presenting
these in both written and oral form. They also practice different contexts of scientific
communication (e.g., paper, poster and informal exchange by email or phone). Emphasis is
placed on individual problems in pronounciation and language use errors.
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Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency annually, semester break
Module capacity 12
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Usually held in the break before summer term
Additional teachers in the module: outsourced to STELS-OL (Scientific and Technical English Language Service, Oldenburg); native English speaker with in-depth neuroscience knowledge
Modullevel ---
Modulart je nach Studiengang Pflicht oder Wahlpflicht
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge English level B2 according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Lecture 1.00 WiSe 14 h
Exercises 3.00 WiSe 42 h
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
within 2 months of completing the course
Portfolio: 50% presentation, 50% assignment; bonus for active participation