autumn 2020
REI-1009 Communication Skills - 10 ECTS

Last changed 31.12.2020

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester. 

Type of course

The course is mandatory for the achievement of BA in Arctic Adventure Tourism (AAT). The course is open for all other students and be taken as a single subject.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:

Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse. Admission procedures for foreign applicants, please read:

Admission code: 9199

Course content

The purpose of this course is to help you develop your communication skills. The course is designed to increase your understanding of principles and processes of communicating effectively in a professional setting, specifically as relevant to the tourism industry.

The course will facilitate critical thinking and understanding of the nuances of communication processes as part of society. Based on knowledge from the fields of communication, rhetoric, psychology and performing arts and music, you will learn to develop and deliver formal presentations. You will become more conscious and flexible when it comes to your personal, as well as others', communication.

Objectives of the course


The candidate

  • has a general overview of different theoretical communication perspectives.
  • has presentation relevant knowledge of psychology, audience analysis, rhetoric, text analysis and elocution.


The candidate is able to

  • Plan, structure, prepare and improve presentations.
  • Adjust communication to different target audiences and desired outcomes.
  • Apply different mental and physical techniques and tools in preparation and delivery of presentations.
  • Provide constructive criticism and feedback on others' communication.


The candidate

  • Understands different communication perspectives, and is conscious of own, as well as others' communication.
  • Is able to be a critical consumer of public communication, and contribute to informed decision making.
  • Can explain the role of communication for culture and society.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course is taught in the Fall semester.

This course is taught in weekly lectures and seminars.

Topics will be addressed through:

  • Lectures
  • Readings
  • Class discussions
  • Practical exercises
  • Oral presentations, individual and in team
  • Delivery and evaluation of individual or team presentation
  • Journal reflections

All courses will be evaluated in accordance with the UiT quality system. 



  • 2 written assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • 70% attendance

Required attendance and assignments must be approved in order to take the exam.


The exam consists of two parts:

  • Individual oral presentation
  • Individual paper

The individual oral presentation counts for 60% of the mark. The individual paper counts for 40% of the mark.

Separate grades are given for the individual oral presentation and the individual paper. Both presentation and paper must be passed to receive a final grade in the course.

Grades: A - E for passed exam, F for failed. In case of F, new exam must be taken next time the course is offered.


Course overlap

MDA-1006 Communication Skills 10 stp
ROCK_103 Communication Skills 10 stp
  • About the course
  • Campus: Alta |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: REI-1009
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