Expression and Communication Techniques II
Cod: 51070
Department: DH
Scientific area: Communication Sciences
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 24

Together with Techniques of Expression and Communication I, this curricular unit focuses on a set of proposals and discursive practices on written communication in academic contexts. The main objective is to improve students' written expression skills by reflecting on critical contents and by practicing textual production.
Contents include the different phases of the textual production process (planning, writing and editing), and also relevant tasks that students are frequently asked to perform in texts they write (to expose, to argue, to comment) as well as regular procedures at the university (such as documenting, quoting and referencing).
The curricular unit is mainly a theoretical-practical one. As a result, after discussing contents, students are asked to produce different texts in which those contents shall be applied. This methodology includes analysing and commenting on these texts that are shared in the forums made available in each theme.

Academic literacy
Planning written expression
Textual composition
Stylistic and phraseological devices

This curricular unit is intended to develop students’ ability:
• to write texts according to a three-stage process (planning, writing and editing);
• to produce different texts that are appropriate to requested themes and specific objectives (content presentation, discussion of ideas and commentary on another text);
• to adopt correct quotation and referencing procedures.

• Three-staged writing process (planning, writing, editing);
• Expositive text, argumentative text and text comment;
• Quotations and bibliographic references.

Silva, P. N. (2020). Manual de Técnicas de Expressão e Comunicação. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta. DOI:
Candlin, Ch. N., Crompton, P., & Hatim, B. (2016). Academic writing step by step. A research-based approach. Sheffield/Bristol: Equinox.
SBIDM (2015a). APA 6th. Citar e referenciar: Estilo bibliográfico APA 6th. Aveiro: Universidade de Aveiro.
SBIDM (2015b). NP 405. Citar e referenciar: Norma portuguesa – NP 405. Aveiro: Universidade de Aveiro.
Swales, J., & Feak, Ch. B. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students. Essential tasks and skills, 3rd ed. Ann Arbour: University of Michigan Press.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).