PROGRAMME : NATIONAL DIPLOMA
SUBJECT : COMMUNICATION SKILLS I
CODE : CSA1111
DATE : WINTER EXAMINATION
: 4 JUNE 2007
DURATION : (X PAPER) 09:00 – 12:00 (3 HOURS)
WEIGHT : 40:60
TOTAL MARKS : 100
EXAMINER : MS J RAMHURRY
MODERATOR : MS R PATHER 2188
NUMBER OF PAGES : 6 PAGES
INSTRUCTIONS : DICTIONARIES ARE PERMITTED
REQUIREMENTS : MARKS WILL BE DEDUCTED FOR POOR GRAMMAR,
SPELLING AND SLOVENLY WORK
: WRITE YOUR LECTURER’S NAME CLEARLY ON
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COMMUNICATION SKILLS I (MODULE A) - 2 –
DICTIONARY SKILLS (20 MARKS)
1.1 Answer the questions based on the following entry.
ap•pe•tite (ap' a tit') n. [<ME. & OFr. <L. appetius ]
1. a desire for food or for a specific food 2. any strong desire or craving [an appetite
a) How is appetite divided into syllables? (1)
b) Which syllable is given the most stress? (1)
c) From which language did Middle English and Old French take this word? (1)
d) State which definition is used in this sentence:
The adventurers had an appetite for excitement. (1)
e) Indicate the word class of the headword. (1)
1.2 Define the following terms:
a) diacritical marks
c) entry (3)
1.3 Use your dictionary to break the following words into syllables. Rewrite
each word, placing a dot ( · ) between the syllables. (2)
1.4 Use your dictionary to identify the parts of speech for each of the following
words. A word may be used as more than one part of speech. (3)
1.5 Three definitions are given for the word degree. Write the number of the
definition that best fits its meaning in each sentence. (3)
1. A step or stage in a process
2. A unit of measurement for angles and curves
3. A title conferred on students by a college, university, or professional school
upon completion of a program of study
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COMMUNICATION SKILLS I (MODULE A) - 3 –
A. Joanne changed her physical fitness activities by degrees; she began with
short 5-minute walks and built up to 30-minute walks every day of the
B. John received his associate of arts degree from a community college and his
bachelor of arts degree from a four-year university.
C. If two triangles are similar, their corresponding angles have the same
number of degrees.
1.6 Refer to the following entry from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
Then mark the numbered items T (true) or F (false), based on the entry. (4)
34 APPENDIX E READING THE DICTIONARY
My·o·pia \mı - -'o - -pe- - \ n [NL, fr. Gk myo-pia, f r . myo-p-, myo-ps] (ca. 1752)
1 : a condition in which the visual images come to a focus in front of the
retina of the eye resulting esp. in defective vision of distant objects
2 : a lack of foresight or discernment: a narrow view of something – my·o·pic
\-'o - -pik, -'ä-\ adj – my·o·pi·cal·ly \-pi-k( )le-\ adv e
a) The entry gives three forms of the word myopia. (1)
b) Myopia can be a way of thinking about a topic. (1)
c) Myopia has three syllables. (1)
d) Myopic is a noun. (1)
INSTRUCTION WORDS (10 MARKS)
When your lecturers set assignments, they use certain instruction words in their
topics. It is important to understand these words so that assignments can be completed
with insight. Answer the following questions based on instruction words.
2.1 Write one scientific sentence for each of the instruction words below to
show that you understand their meaning. (Underline the word) (10)
v ii) connect
v iii) track
x) identify 
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COMMUNICATION SKILLS I (MODULE A) - 4 –
SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION (10 MARKS)
Read the following text and answer the questions
Treatment For Alcohol Abuse: Experimental drug curbs excessive alcohol use in
Adapted from chemical and Engineering News
A new compound synthesized by Eli Lilly & Co. showed such promise in animal tests
that "it should be developed for clinical use in alcoholism," according to
neuroscientist Markus Heilig, clinical director at the National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA). "We're thrilled, because this has been a dream for
over a decade for many of us," says Heilig, who led the team that evaluated the
compound's effect in rats (J. Neurosci. 2007, 27, 2718).
Heilig first found out about the compound, MTIP which showed great promise for
alcoholism. Heilig's team now has tested MTIP in rats that were genetically predisposed to
develop alcoholism and in rats that had been trained to be alcohol-dependent. MTIP curbed
alcohol abuse in both models, "suggesting that it may be effective in treating a broad range of
alcoholics," says Glenn R. Valdez of Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Mich.
The compound inhibits binding of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) to the CRF
CRF has long been established as a major regulator of stress in the body and has been linked
to various psychiatric conditions, including alcoholism, Valdez explains. "Development of a
receptor antagonist has been a major goal of many pharmaceutical companies," adds
Valdez, who studies the role of CRF in alcoholism. But it's been challenging to create a
small-molecule antagonist that can be taken orally and enter the central nervous system,
where it can reach the CRF
receptors. The new drug, which is able to cross into the CNS,
"seems to show a lot of promise," he says. Most previous CRF
blockers accumulate in the
liver, potentially causing toxicity, Heilig says. But MTIP is markedly improved in this regard.
"That's a major breakthrough in the chemistry," he notes.
3.1 Identify the leading researchers involved in the project. (2)
3.2 Briefly describe the chemical composition of the drug. (2)
3.3 Briefly discuss in your own words why the drug has been perceived as
3.4 Explain the testing processes of the substance MTIP. (2)
3.5 Briefly state the key findings of the study (2)
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COMMUNICATION SKILLS I (MODULE A) - 5 –
VOCABULARY BUILDING (20 MARKS)
In scientific writing, precision is the most important goal of language. As a scien tist
or engineer, you wouldn't choose the word "weight" when you meant "mass."
Technical terms such as "weight" and "mass" have specific meanings. If your writing
does not communicate exactly what you did, then you have changed the work. One
important aspect of precision is choosing the right word. Another important aspect of
being precise is choosing the appropriate level of accuracy.
4. (a) Select the appropriate word from within brackets. Write the number down
and the correct word next to it.
Bees on Patrol:Studies Find Bees Are Potential Chemical, Biological Agent
For the past three years, the Pentagon has been testing honeybees as 4.1 (detectors;
carriers) for explosives in bombs and biological agents in ambient air. If the 4.2
(promising; rewarding) test results hold, bees could be 4.3 (utilized; applied) as
border security sentries and as combatants against agricultural bioterrorism. In work
funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the University of
Montana (UM), Missoula, and its many partners are 4.4 (examining; exploring) the
ability of bees to look for biological agents. These researchers have trained bees to
sniff out 4.5 (concentrations; mixtures) of explosive residues such as 2.4-
dinitrotoluene and chemical weapons instead of nectar. The work exploits untrained
bees as flying electrostatic dust mops to detect biological agents over wide areas. In
these studies, bacterial spores, for example, that have been 4.6 (absorbed; gathered)
on the bees' back hairs are washed off and are eventually 4.7 (measured; quantified)
and identified through culturing or polymerase chain reaction 4.8 (studies; analysis).
It was found that trained colonies of bees were successfully able to 4.9 (verify; detect)
bomb explosives, making bees possible 4.10 (sentinels; agents) against terrorists at
security checkpoints such as truck stops . (10)
4 (b) Match the following definitions to the words provided in the box below.
Write only the letter and your choice of word.
download hacker homepage hypertext links
network netiquette search engine multimedia attachment
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COMMUNICATION SKILLS I (MODULE A) - 6 –
A. to receive and transfer a file electronically from a remote computer
B. a Web page that functions as an introduction or front door entrance to a Web
C. a highly-skilled computer user who accesses computer files and systems
illegally or without authorization
D. interactive document that permits users to follow links to other documents
E. a clickable text or image that connects the user to other pages or other
F. software that combines words, graphics, sound, and video
G. a software program that allows users to use keywords to search on the
Internet for information
H. a computer system that uses communication equipment to connect two or
I. refers to appropriate behavior expected on the Internet; a combination of the
words Net and etiquette
J. a file that is connected to an e-mail message (10)
QUESTION FIVE – PARAGRAPHS (40 MARKS)
Choose 2 topics. Your paragraphs must be 10-12 lines long and should show
evidence of planning (rough work).
a) Write a paragraph in which you discuss the value of the Library in searching
for information as a student of science.
a) Write a paragraph in which you discuss the three main reading techniques.
b) Write a paragraph in which you discuss the importance of visual support in
the oral presentation.
* Point form plan (2)
* Rough paragraph that has been edited (3)
* Final paragraph (15)
(20) X 2 = 
TOTAL : 100