BAIntroduction to Academic Writing and Presentation Techniques

Credit points: 6
Contact hours: 60
Type: Seminar Classes

Main Instructor

Gašper Ilc, PhD, Associate Professor


Smiljana Komar, PhD
Andrej Stopar, PhD

Course Description

Academic writing:

The students get acquainted with the basic principles of academic writing in English. The course covers the following topics: research techniques and academic sources, reading for academic purposes, citation/referencing styles, identification of problems and the formation of (working) hypotheses (e.g. SWOT analysis), methods for the evaluation of hypotheses, analytical and synthetic reasoning, structure of the academic paper (introduction, literature review, methods, findings, conclusion, abstract).

Presentation techniques:

Students get acquainted with the basic features of spoken discourse and the differences between the spoken and the written mode. Special attention is given to different forms of public presentations of academic work. Students acquire public-speaking techniques. They learn elementary both rhetorical and argumentation skills of spoken discourse.


Bailey, Stephen. (2006) Academic Writing. A handbook for international Students. London, New York: Routledge.

Cottrell, Stella. (2005) Critical Thinking Skills. Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd edition. (2008) New York: The Modern Language Association of America.

Stott, Rebecca, Tory Young,  Cordelia Bryan (eds.). (2001) Speaking your mind: oral presentation and seminar skills. New York: Harlow.

Swales, John M. & Charles B. Feak. (1999) Academic Writing for Graduate Students. The University of Michigan Press. Str.: 253.

The Chicago Manual of Style. 16the edition. (2010) Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Van Emden, Joan & Lucinda M. Becker. (2004) Presentation skills for students. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


The final grade is the average grade of the positive grade of the following parts:

(1) home assignments (academic writing) 20%

(2) seminar paper 30 %

(3) home assignments (presentation techniques) 20 %

(4) oral presentation 30 %

A prerequisite for the oral presentation is a positively marked seminar paper.

Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.