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Syllabus for

Academic year
LSP305 - Technical communication 2
Teknisk kommunikation 2
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-05 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIKEL
3,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle

Teaching language: English
Application code: 64113
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
0104 Examination 3,0c Grading: TH   1,5c 1,5c   11 Jan 2021 am L,  08 Apr 2021 pm J,  23 Aug 2021 am J

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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

CIU200 - Technical communication 1


The course Technical Communication 2 aims to prepare students of chemical engineering for the intensive communicative situation they meet in their work as engineers in Sweden or abroad. Further, the course aims to prepare the students for communication and collaborative-intensive learning activities that demand effective communication during their education. An overall purpose of the course is thus that students reflect on communication and language towards a process of lifelong learning. 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)

  • write effective academic texts, e.g. a summary and/or a laboratory report, in good English, with regards to both language and style.

  • critically read and analyse academic and scientific texts within the discipline of the education.

  • present relevant scientific content in speech with the purposes of instructing colleagues, explaining and arguing in relation to a problem.

  • give constructive criticism in order to improve the written and oral communication of colleagues through peer response.
  • Content

    Technical communication 2 is the first of the three Technical Communication courses delivered in English. The course offers training in oral and written proficiency, presentation techniques and writing. During the second quarter, the course consists to a large extent of English grammar and proficiency training based on the writing of general-interest texts.This training is connected to work on technical or scientific texts from the chemistry area. In the third quarter, focus is placed on oral and written tasks in collaboration with a chemistry course. A process-oriented approach is applied in writing exercises. This means that the text is written in several steps, and the students work with peer response and individual reflection for developing their texts.


    Active participation is fundamental to the course and this is accomplished through both individual work and work in smaller groups. Technical communication 2 is delivered in the second and third quarter of the second year of the chemical engineering programme. The set up is two-hour or four-hour seminars during the two quarters. The organization of the seminar varies slightly with the focus of the course, and covers seminar discussions, language consultation and oral presentations.


    EngOnline. English grammar online tool

    Chalmers Writing Guide. Available online

    Write Reports for Science and Engineering (WRiSE). Available online

    An English 'Learner's Dictionary' such as Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners (ISBN 978 1405 02526 3), or equivalent

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

    Recommended material: Write Reports for Science and Engineering (WRiSE), available at

    Examination including compulsory elements

    Technical Communication 2 is a graded course. The final grade is based on performance on a general-audience written text, compulsory assignments, seminar tasks and presentations during the course. 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. Grading on individual assignments range from pass/fail to fail / 3-5.

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