Learning material and recommended literature Course material provided on moodle. Required: LAB Thesis Guidebook, chapters 6 & 7 (i.e., referencing mechanics) Recommended: • Stephen Bailey: Academic Writing. A Handbook for International Students. An e-book available in the LAB Primo database. • https://open.lib.umn.edu/writingforsuccess/ • https://open.lib.umn.edu/collegesuccess/ • https://milnepublishing.geneseo.edu/writing-in-college-from-competence-to-excellence/
Learning outcomes of the course The student is able to: • identify the characteristics of academic texts and apply academic conventions to their writing • demonstrate critical thinking and find, evaluate and use information effectively • communicate clearly and effectively in different generic and field-specific workplace situations both orally and in writing • function collaboratively in contemporary working environments in English. Implementation and methods of teaching Lectures, group work, individual assignments, peer and self-assessment.
Assessment criteria (5, 3, 1, failed) and scale (5-1)
31.10.2022 - 28.02.2023
01.07.2022 - 04.09.2022
Enrolment in Peppi http://peppi.lab.fi. If you need assistance, please contact the student office.
15 - 35
Additional information for students: previous knowledge etc.
Strong English skills recommended. The course is taught at skills level CEFR B2.
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Industrial Design
Alternative completion methods Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Discussed with the teacher.
A written test held at the end of the course.
Timing and attendance Regular class attendance is required (80%)
Learning environment Online (Moodle platform and Zoom), blended learning
Students’ use of time and workload The estimated workload is 135 hours, including required reading, coursework, and lectures or other scheduled meetings.
Contents: About 3 ECTS is focused on academic practices, especially academic writing, and about 2 ECTS is focused on other professional communication practices and skills, both written and spoken. • general principles of academic writing, including style, text structure, and referencing mechanics • generic and context-specific guidelines for academic and professional writing • various written and oral communication situations in professional studies and the working life • key terminology and concepts in the students' field of study.
Failed The student has failed to meet the set course requirements
Writing in varied professional contexts: The student has met the assignment requirements minimally. Work displays vaguely consistent and appropriate register. Content is vaguely effective and diverse. The text is not in keeping with style-specific conventions. The student constructs minimally understandable sentences. Grammatical irregularities occur often. Vocabulary is minimally appropriate to context. Speaking in varied professional contexts: The student speaks in a style vaguely appropriate to the assignment. Student interacts minimally with participants. Performance meets few of the set expectations of given assignment. The student speaks in a vaguely consistent manner. Delivery is minimally structured. Linguistic performance is minimally accurate and appropriate to the context. Pauses are rather long and at times pronunciation hinders comprehension.
Writing in varied professional contexts: The student has met the assignment requirements adequately. Work displays somewhat consistent and appropriate register. Content is somewhat effective and diverse. The text has a reasonably logical structure. The text is rather cohesive. Minor mistakes occur in style. The student mostly constructs sentences well. Grammatical irregularities occur. Vocabulary is adequately professional and mostly appropriate to context. Speaking in varied professional contexts: In most cases the student speaks in a style appropriate to the assignment. Student interacts with participants. Performance meets most set expectations of given assignment. The student speaks in a consistent manner. Delivery is structured. Linguistic performance is somewhat accurate and appropriate to the context, although short pauses and hesitations may occur.
Writing in varied professional contexts: The student has met the assignment requirements fully. Work displays consistent and appropriate register. Content is effective, diverse, and skillfully delivered. The text has a clear and logical structure. The text is cohesive, fluent, and versatile. The student uses varied structures although occasional grammatical irregularities may occur. Vocabulary is varied and professional and typically appropriate to context. Speaking in varied professional contexts: The student speaks in a style appropriate to the assignment. Student interacts fluently and competently. Performance meets all set expectations of given assignments. The student speaks in a clear, concise, and consistent manner. Delivery is well-structured, intentional. Linguistic performance is accurate, appropriate to the context, and speech tempo is natural.