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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the activity, in order to improve communication skills, the student will gain basic knowledge of the national language (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Catalan) where she/he is attending classes. The student will also be trained in some important tools for communication of concepts and results. The acquired skills will be useful for collaborative work and the student will be aware of the good practice for building working teams.

Course contents

The CU will be made of three modules with the following contents:
(1) Intensive “survival” language course
Students will be trained to understand and use a few simple words related to the most common activities of living, accessing public transportation, orientation in urban environment, food and drink in one of the languages of the ChIR consortium (Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Italian) either written or spoken. The will become familiar with the most fundamental grammatic rules of the language.

(2) Communication skills
The students will pursue literature and communication skills project in which they will review and evaluate the latest advances in chemistry, and learn to write reports and prepare short talks.

(3) Team building
Characterisation and Benefits of Teamwork: What is a team? Why are teams important in research and industry?
Team Building Strategies and Activities: Implementation of team-building through teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, goal-setting, decision-making, creative thinking, negotiation, and communication skills.
Function of Leadership and Strategies for developing leadership abilities.
Communication: different communication styles. Examples of effective communication.
Presentation skills and public speaking.
Networking: how to build and maintain a social and professional network.


Lecture notes will be available for students.

Teaching methods

In-class exercises and activities. Group working. Presentations from the students and discussion. Discussion of case-study example

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed independently through homework assignments or written assignment or practical assignment.

The Curricular Unit grade will be the arithmetic mean of grades from the three modules

Office hours

See the website of Isabel Maria Palma Antunes Cavaco

See the website of Teresa Quarta

See the website of Marco De Angelis