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Syllabus for

Academic year
FSP011 - Technical communication 3
Teknisk kommunikation 3
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIKEL
1,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle

Teaching language: English
Application code: 64132
Open for exchange students: No
Maximum participants: 35
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0106 Project 1,5 c Grading: TH   1,5 c    

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

LSP301 - Technical communication 1
LSP305 - Technical communication 2


The course Technical Communication 3 aims to prepare students of chemical engineering for the intensive communicative situation they meet in their work as engineers in Sweden or abroad. The overall aim of the course is that students establish a solid foundation for choosing effective communicative strategies in various discipline-specific contexts (both in speech and writing). The pedagogical cornerstone of the course is that students' learning is enhanced and improved through working with technical communication in integration with discipline courses.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • describe, analyse and discuss communicative strategies (in speech and writing) used in technical communication in order to increase awareness of how technical content is, or should be, structured.
  • evaluate and critically review relevant research.
  • present technical content both in speech and writing, where communicative strategies are successfully adjusted to the audience and the purpose of the presentation.
  • assess and evaluate technical presentations, both their own and others', as well as discuss and suggest relevant changes of communicative strategies for the improvement of such presentations.


    Technical communication 3 is the second course of the three Technical Communication courses delivered in English and it is integrated with a parallel chemistry course. Emphasis is placed on presenting and documenting research in order to develop understanding and knowledge for both the courses. Activities involve critical reading of research, presentation in speech and writing of a group project in the chemistry course, and assessment and discussion of each other's text in peer-response activities. The set-up of the joint project promotes working in project forms and prepares students for thesis work in English.


    The course is delivered in seminar form with two-hour or four-hour seminars during the quarter where some seminars are shared with the chemistry course. Tasks that are shared between the courses are examined jointly, but assessed separately.


    Chalmers Writing Guide. Available online.

    Skrivanvisningar för kandidatarbete. Fackspråk och kommunikation.

    An English 'learner's dictionary' such as Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners, or equivalent.

    Other course material is distributed via the course activity in the learning platform PingPong.

    Examination including compulsory elements

    Technical Communication 3 is a graded course. The course comprises oral and written compulsory assignments during the course graded pass/fail, or fail, 3-5. The final grade is based on these assignments. Where assignments are shared with integrated courses in the programme, teachers involved share the examination, but report individual grades based on the assessment scheme of the respective courses.

    The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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