PSYE104 Communication Skills and Academic Writing in English, Part 2


This course aims at developing further students’ skills for oral and written communication in English on topics and assignments related to their undergraduate study of psychology, including covering basic terminology in different branches of psychology, finding and using sources of academic literature, guidelines for different genres of academic writing, with a special focus on typical assignments in the Bachelor program in psychology at NBU, for example, critical reaction, critical review, experimental report, empirical project description, Bachelor thesis. In addition, we will practice oral presentation skills such as discussions, brief topic-focused talks, poster presentations, etc. The course has a hands-on approach to writing and presentation and it requires an open attitude and a readiness to meet weekly assignment deadlines.

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Assoc. Prof. Elena Andonova, Ph.D
Asst. Prof. Nevena Dimova, PhD

Course Description:


1)Students will learn basic terminology, the general principles of academic writing and oral presentation, genre differences and structure of critical reviews, experimental reports, poster presentations.

2)Students will be able to make brief focused oral presentations and write critical reviews, experimental reports, etc.


At least an intermediate level of proficiency in English.

Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. Communicating with an audience in writing and speaking
  2. Working with sources of academic literature: primary, secondary sources, etc.
  3. Bibliography
  4. Critical reading and analysis of psychological literature
  5. Critical reactions
  6. The Critical Review – choosing a topic and publications to review, approaching academic papers, critical analysis
  7. The Project Proposal – preparation, design, rationale, bringing together methodology and research goals
  8. Writing about methods (approaches, concerns, structure)
  9. Writing up a Discussion of findings and their relevance to theoretical context
  10. Referencing, the ethics of presenting research: Plagiarism
  11. Class Discussion
  12. Dissemination of research: Oral talks
  13. Student Presentations
  14. Student Presentations
  15. Student Presentations



We will use a combination of academic sources on the subject of writing for psychology, a multitude of web-based resources, and class-focused handouts as guidelines. Here are some:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2010.


Hartley, J. (2008). Academic Writing and Publishing: A Practical Handbook. London: Routledge

Rosnow, R. L., & Rosnow, M. (2012). Writing papers in psychology (3rd ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.


Written assignments - 25%.

Practical assignments - 25%.

Portfolio - 25%.

Oral assignments - 25%.