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Communication Skills and Techniques

Code: CINF033     Acronym: TECOM

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Language Sciences

Instance: 2021/2022 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Portuguese and Romance Studies
Course/CS Responsible: Bachelor of Arts in Information Science

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
CINF 55 CINF - Study Plan 1 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Sónia Maria Cordeiro Valente Rodrigues

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Practical classes: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Sónia Maria Cordeiro Valente Rodrigues 2,00
Practical classes Totals 2 4,00
Jorge Pereira Nunes Deserto 2,00
Sónia Maria Cordeiro Valente Rodrigues 2,00

Teaching language

Obs.: Portuguese


- Development of linguistic, sociolinguistic and communicative skills.
- Acquisition of oral and written expression and communication techniques for an efficient performance in different usage situations.

Learning outcomes and competences

  • Acquisition of linguistic, sociolinguistic and communicative competence.

  • Acquisition of efficient oral and written communication techniques in different communicative situations.


Working method



1. Communication. Communicative act.
1.1. To communicate as an interactive act.
1.2. Communication bi and unidirectional. 
1.3. Communication and situational context.
1.4. What is said and what is implied. 
2. The oral and the written.
2.1. Specificities of the oral. 
2.2. Specificities of the written. 
2.3. Oral and written in the age of instant communication. 
3. Oral communication
3.1. Spontaneous discourse vs. prepared discourse
3.2. Preparing oral speech. 
3.3. To speak in public - the challenges.
3.4. Techniques and types of oral communication.
4. Written communication
4.1. Preparing a written text. 
4.2. From text to rewriting.
4.3. Text principles - cohesion, coherence.
4.4. Textual genres.
4.4.1. Textual and discursive heterogeneity.
4.4.2. Text sequences. 
Techniques and types of written communication.

Mandatory literature

Adam, Jean-Michel; Les textes: types et prototypes, Nathan, 1992
Booth, Wayne C.; The Rhetoric of Rhetoric. The Quest for Effective Communication, Blackwell Publishers, 2004
Cunha. C. & L. F. Cintra; Nova Gramática do Português Contemporâneo, Lisboa, João Sá da Costa,, 1984
Duarte, I.; Língua Portuguesa. Instrumentos de Análise, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 2000
Ericson, Jon M.; Murphy, James J.; Zeuschner, Raymond B.; The Debater's Guide, Southern Illinois University Press, 2003 (3rd edition)
Fonseca, F. I.; Gramática e Pragmática: estudos de Linguística Geral e de Linguística Aplicada ao ensino do Português, Porto, Porto Editora, 1994
Fromkin, V. A.; Rodman, R.; Hyams, N.M; An Introduction to Language, Heinle & Heinle, , 2006
Mateus; M. H. et alii; Gramática da Língua Portuguesa, Lisboa, Caminho, 2003
Mateus, M.H. e Cardeira, E.; Norma e Variação. O Essencial sobre Língua Portuguesa, Lisboa, Caminho, 2007
Raposo, E.P. E. B., Nascimento, M. F. B., Mota, M. A., Segura, L. & Mendes, A. (Eds.); Gramática do Português, vols 1 e 2, Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2013

Comments from the literature

Other bibliographic information will be given as needed.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical-practical lessons, with an expositive part supplemented by support textbooks discussions and data discussions; tutorial sessions for research and investigation guidance with group and individual tasks.


Social sciences > Communication sciences
Humanities > language sciences > Linguistics
Humanities > Literature > Literary criticism

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 70,00
Trabalho escrito 30,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 52,00
Frequência das aulas 56,00
Trabalho de investigação 54,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Frequency of 75% of classes, except in the cases provided by law. Positive note in the test / exam and practical work.

Calculation formula of final grade

Final examination: 70%; Research paper: 30%

Examinations or Special Assignments

Not applicable

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Not applicable

Classification improvement

Only the exam can be object of a retake.


Teaching language: Portuguese

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