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Course unit
MEP4065659, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course 6 years single cycle degree in
ME1730, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SCIENTIFIC ENGLISH
Department of reference Department of Neurosciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY (Ord. 2017)

Teacher in charge KATARZYNA KACKA

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-LIN/12 English Language and Translation 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 60 90.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 SCIENTIFIC ENGLISH 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 KACKA KATARZYNA (Presidente)
STELLINI EDOARDO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: According to the CEF , Common European Framework of References for Languages of the Council of Europe, the students must have achieved the B1 level in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing Skills.
Target skills and knowledge: By the end of the course, the students will have an Advanced Knowledge of English (B2 Level), with a particular focus on the conventions of Scientific Academic English and on the language of dentistry. They will apply the knowledge they have acquired to understand and produced scientific texts, both orally and in written form. They will also be able to further develop their language skills autonomously.
Examination methods: Written tests on subjects explained during the academic lectures.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation will be based on formal correctness (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation) and communicative skills (ability to produce and understand complex texts in English both oral and written).Active class participation will be taken into account for the final grade.
Course unit contents: 1. The importance of English in the international medical literature.
2. The most efficient search engines in the WWW to recover validated medical information.
3. Correct consultation modalities of WWW search engines validated for Medical Research.
4. How to organize a scientific paper (in English)…
5. Methods of medical literature review.
6. A practical exercise. A brief literature review: “Oral carcinoma: current evidence in epidemiology and risk factors”. Group and individual discussion of the contents.
7. How to properly cite a scientific literature source and prepare an adequate bibliography.
8. How to correctly present a “Case report” format.
9. Preliminary information. Odontogenic deep neck infections.
10. A practical exercise. Preparation of a “case report” format after the discussion of a case of deep neck infection in a 15-year-old patient.
11. The importance of title, abstract and keywords in medical papers.
12. How to write a good abstract for a scientific paper.
13. The importance of figures and tables in medical papers.
14. How to choose a target international journal to submit a contribution.
15. A practical exercise: selection of the main concepts to prepare an abstract from a scientific medical paper. Group and individual discussion of the contents.
16. A practical exercise: draw up a proper title and find the keywords for international medical abstracts. Source: World Congress of Oral Oncology, Rhodos, May 2013. Group and individual discussion of the contents.
17. A practical exercise: drafting an abstract from an international scientific paper regarding oral/maxillofacial surgery. Group and individual discussion of the contents.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will cover the following topics:-Words from general English with a special meaning in dentistry-Academic English grammar at B2 level_ Understanding lectures and making notes _Expanding notes into complex sentences-Summarizing texts-Paraphrasing -The use of connectors_ Fixed phrases from Dentistry and Academic English-Recognizing the speaker’s stance-Building an argument –Agreeing/disagreeing. Lectures, small –groups work, exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Any information on study materials will be provided in class
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
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