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Prof. Marina Di Giacinto

Contact information:

Term: First semester

Credits (ECTS): 3

Prerequisites: None

Language of Instruction: English

Class hours: 21



The soft-skills course helps students in developing those qualities by engaging in group activities and presentations and reports writing, with the ultimate aim to develop a strong inclination to share and embrace new ideas and develop a creative attitude.


The course starts from the distinction between hard skills and soft skills.

Hard skills are specific and teachable. They are actual knowledge, technical or intellectual and are typically quantifiable and measurable. They include traditional knowledge areas such as the STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - but also encompass other measurable skills such as language proficiency and technical skills.

By contrast, soft skills are more difficult to measure and quantify. Often called interpersonal skills, they include personality traits such as critical thinking, leadership, problem-solving and life skills - which include negotiating, networking, and working with cultural diversity as well as communication and listening, etiquette, getting along with other people.

Both types of skills are necessary to successfully perform and advance in most jobs.

Presentation skills are especially important in the workplace. Knowing how to present your ideas, to a group or an individual, in a way which is both informative and persuasive, is the best tool in your arsenal for success and career advancement. The course focus on the ability of making a successful presentation.


The class will meet for 3 hours (gross of interclass break), once a week, for a total of 7 weeks. After an introduction aimed at providing the needed background, participants are required to read the materials related to the class and to be prepared prior to coming to class. Classes will consist of a lecture by the instructor, to be followed by a discussion of the main topics and the presentation of the assigned case. Main points about the materials and all doubts brought up by the students will be addressed by the instructor during the class.


The instructor will use various forms of assessment to award the credits. The content, criteria and specific requirements for each assessment category will be explained in greater detail in class.
Students who, for any reason, do not attend classes are requested to contact the instructor in order to receive exact indications about the alternative material to be studied to get the credits.

Attending students (those who have attended at least 75% of the lessons)

Class participation (including regular attendance and assignments): 70%

Final exam: 30%

Class participation will be calculated to reflect participation in class discussions, capacity to introduce ideas and thoughts dealing with the texts, ability to use language effectively, and to present analysis in intellectual, constructive argumentation.

The final exam will consist in the presentation, discussion and evaluation of the assignments and of individual and group research: particular value will be attributed to the completeness and originality of the work done.

Non-attending students (those who have not attended lessons, or have attended less than 75% of the lessons)

Final exam: 100%

The final exam will consist in a written test and a comprehensive and thorough oral discussion on all the readings assigned.


Attending students

Notes provided by the instructor and additional materials provided to prepare a specific presentation that will be selected based on the background education of students.

Non-attending students

Specific material to be studied will be provided by contacting the instructor.

[Ultima modifica: martedì 19 gennaio 2021]