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LSP535 - Oral and written communication
Owner: TITEA
4,0 Credits (ECTS 6)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A
Department: 0871 - Fackspråk och kommunikation (ChL)

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0101 Project 4,0 c Grading: TH   2,0 c 2,0 c    

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The course objective is to enable an increased understanding of communicative as well learning situations through studying communication and language. It also aims at providing enhanced knowledge of the engineering discipline the students choose to link to the course depending on whether they choose to take the course in year 1 or year 2.

The specific aim of the first part of the course is to facilitate a deeper understanding of the topic 'engineering competence' through an introductory writing course to support the written presentation of assignments relevant to engineering disciplines. The course establishes good methodology and proficiency in writing process related issues. Active participation in course provides an increased ability to reflect on one's writing and to offer constructive peer response.

Focusing on oral presentation techniques, the objective of the second part of the course is to enhance the students' understanding of a project area they have chosen to work with in an adjunct course. The goal of the second part of the course is to establish methodology for and proficiency in oral presentations. On completing the course, the students should be able to give an oral presentation on the basis of reworking written source material, showing good comand of presentation technology, speech, selection, audience analysis and communicative strategies generally.

In the larger perspective of the entire course, the second part is also geared towards enhanced ability to communicate technical information. Both parts of the course also aim at increasing awareness of and reflection on communication and learning.


The course comprises textual awareness, some elements of textual analysis, rhetorics, referencing, and layout. A natural element of teh course is the discussion of an established report writing framework which is continuously evaluated.

Another large area of the course is oral presentaion techniques. In the course there are recurring practice presentations which are given after an introductory discussion of the requirements normally placed on oral presentations. The methodology for restructuring information for oral presentations is established through workshops and seminars with an emphasis on audience analysis. The importance of effective body language, strategic visuals, and appropriate style is also discussed in the workshops and seminars.


The course is compulsory but the students can choose the course either in thir first year or in the second year of the programme. It consists of guided seminars and workshops to facilitate the completion of the various writing assignments in an adjunct course, for example 'engineering competence'. These seminars and workshops are complemented by a series of lectures on related issues including pedagogical aspects of communication


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Part 1: Written presentation
Continual assessment through compiling a portfolio

Part 2: Oral presentation
Assessment of student presentations in terms of structure, language, delivery, visuals.
Presentation assignment also assessed in the adjunct course.

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