VB000 Elements of Style

Faculty of Informatics
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Recommended Type of Completion: k (colloquium). Other types of completion: z (credit).
prof. PhDr. Karel Pala, CSc. (lecturer)
RNDr. Zuzana Nevěřilová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Petr Peňáz (lecturer)
Mgr. Marie Stará (lecturer)
RNDr. Pavel Šmerk, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Markéta Masopustová (assistant)
Mgr.art. Terezie Migelová (assistant)
Mgr. Ondřej Nečas (assistant)
Mgr. et Mgr. Tomáš Varga (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Karel Pala, CSc.
Department of Machine Learning and Data Processing - Faculty of Informatics
Contact Person: prof. PhDr. Karel Pala, CSc.
Supplier department: Department of Machine Learning and Data Processing - Faculty of Informatics
each even Thursday 12:00–13:50 A217
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
VB000/01: each even Friday 12:00–13:50 C511, M. Stará
VB000/02: each odd Friday 12:00–13:50 C511, M. Stará
VB000/03: each even Tuesday 10:00–11:50 B411, P. Šmerk
VB000/04: each odd Tuesday 10:00–11:50 B411, P. Šmerk
VB000/05: each even Monday 14:00–15:50 B411, P. Peňáz
VB000/06: each odd Monday 14:00–15:50 B411, P. Peňáz
NOW ( SBAPR Bachelor Thesis )
Ability to communicate and write texts on the high school level requirements. Students are supposed to already have their bachelor's thesis topics selected.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 250 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 89/250, only registered: 0/250, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/250
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
At the end of this course students should be able: to master the principles of the positive communication, knowledge of communication barriers and the ways of their overcoming; to apply rules for writing technical texts in theory and practice; to acquire the basic skills for writing technical texts (introduction to Bachelor thesis and the state-of-the-art chapter); to recognize and correct spelling and grammatical errors in the technical texts; to possess a basic knowledge about orthography systems and the rules of language correctness; to prepare oral presentation about the given topic; to learn the basic rules of the correct argumentation; To sum up: students should be able to communicate and write both technical and normal texts with correct spelling and composition;
Learning outcomes
The students will:
determine the academic style main characteristics (formal, precise, structured, using hedging);
plan the written part of their bachelor thesis;
select appropriate academic resources for their domain;
summarise current state-of-the-art for their domain;
formulate the aim, methods, and results of their bachelor thesis;
cite appropriately academic resources;
write abstract
  • Communication maxims, basic principles of the positive communication.
  • Communication barriers and the ways of their overcomning.
  • Communication skills, practical writing
  • Language and communication, various registers and styles.
  • Language correctness, spelling, orthography, language support software.
  • Colloquial and Common Czech, dialects, slangs.
  • Writing technical and research documents, their composition, vertical and horizontal structuring, lexical features, terms, terminology.
  • Oral and written presentations: talks, lectures, articles, posters etc.
    recommended literature
  • KRATOCHVÍL, Jiří, Petr SEJK, Věra ELIÁŠOVÁ and Marek STEHLÍK. Metodika tvorby bibliografických citací. 2. vydání. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2011. Elportál. ISSN 1802-128X. PURL url info
  • ŠANDEROVÁ, Jadwiga. Jak číst a psát odborný text ve společenských vědách. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2009. 209 pp. Studijní texty, 34. svazek. ISBN 978-80-86429-40-3. info
  • JANOVEC, Ladislav, Lucie BUŠOVÁ, Adéla ŘÍHOVÁ and Markéta ŠAMALOVÁ. Na co se často ptáte. Jak používat čárku a další interpunkční znaménka. Praha: Klett nakladatelství, 2006. 135 pp. ISBN 80-86906-76-0. info
  • ŠVANDOVÁ, Blažena and Milan JELÍNEK. Argumentace a umění komunikovat (Argumentation and the art of communication). první. Brno: PedF MU Brno, 1999. 330 pp. Monografie 74. ISBN 1-210-2186-1. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, exercises and discussions in the class
Assessment methods
two written texts; oral presentation (video recorded and evaluated);
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2002, Spring 2003, Autumn 2003, Spring 2004, Autumn 2004, Spring 2005, Autumn 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2006, Spring 2007, Autumn 2007, Spring 2008, Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2019, recent)
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