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Communication And Academic Writing Skills UnitedTheologicalCollege

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

Course Description

The course will help students refine their written and verbal communication skills so that they can effectively inform and persuade different audiences in different context. Effective communication enhances personal and professional performance. It involves the whole range of ways in which students pass information back and forward in non-verbal, verbal and written formats. It includes the information they give and receive, how people make meaning of this information and how they use it. The course is designed to introduce students to communication theory and communication expressions that characterize organizations. The success of students as academics depends heavily on their ability to communicate with fellow researchers and professionals in their discipline, and the public. Thus students will be introduced to the challenges that come with being a student in a tertiary institution, and to academic writing expertise in order to help them in the preparation of assignments that show critical thinking and integrative skill development. The course will assist students attain their full academic potential by equipping them with adequate reading, listening and writing interface skills necessary to communicate effectively in academic and work settings.


The course aims to provide students with basic practical information about writing effective academic papers by means of the APA style.


At the end of the semester, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of academic reading material through summarization, answering questions, and paraphrasing and synthesizing.
  • Identify, analyze and argue common points with appropriate and effective language.
  • Utilize helpful reading, listening and writing skills and increase academic vocabulary
  • Recognize and distinguish academic writing from any other types of writing
  • Produce two types of assignments of an acceptable standard: point or counterpoint and opinion.
  • Cite correctly and compile a reference list.
  • Write clear, concise and effective communication documents, e. g., memo, notices
  • Recognize different types of characters and communication preferences
  • Adjust their communication approaches based on need and communication
  • Identify barriers to communication and overcome them
  • Be active and effective listeners
  • Employ communication systems and skills involving culture and the social universe of the human being to enhance decision making, negotiation and solve conflicts
  • Use and read body language effectively in interpersonal/ intercultural communication appropriately
  • Explain the importance of communication in executing management functions.

Course Staff

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Lecturer: Rev. M. Chikosi

Masters in Theological studies (USA- Boston University) Bachelor of Divinity (Africa University, ZIM), Diploma in Theology (UTC, ZIM), and Diploma in Religious Studies (University of Zimbabwe.

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