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TDA517 - Professional development for engineers and English
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-25 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKITE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Engineering and Management

Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0110 Examination 3,8 c Grading: TH   3,8 c   02 Jun 2016 pm EKL,  08 Apr 2016 am M,  25 Aug 2016 am SB
0210 Written and oral assignments 2,2 c Grading: UG   0,0 c 2,2 c    
0310 Written and oral assignments 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    

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Univ adjunkt  Linda Bradley


TDA515   Professional development for engineers 3 TDA516   Professional development for engineers and English


MTS 4,5 hec


In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

The course LSP310 Communication and professional development or a corresponding course.


The aim of the course is to enhance students' ability to communicate effectively in English, in speech as well as in writing, to enable students to use English for academic writing and oral presentations during their studies, and to prepare students for a professional career, which will most likely demand very good communicative skills.

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

develop effective strategies for oral and written communication. Report-writing is an important part of the course and strategies for improving the report writing process will be discussed. On completion of the course, students should be able to give an oral presentation in English on a technical subject with good pronunciation and largely without serious grammatical mistakes.


Part one of the course starts in study period 3 with Engineering Competence. It consists of the following components; career planning in group, seminars/workshops and a study-visit. Career planning is intended to create student reflection about students' role. This is attained through individual and group training sessions to identify individual strengths and weaknesses, values, abilities and valuable experiences. Work-life meetings are arranged in seminars/workshops and in a small group study-visit to an industrial IT-engineer. The study-visit is to be documented in a written paper and a PowerPoint presentation. Finally students are required to reflect on their own career plans and couple them to the study-visit.

This English course in study period 4, comprises a review of English grammar as well as oral and written proficiency practice. Team-work, report-writing and oral presentation skills are important aspects of the course. It consists of a series of workshops with emphasis on the writing process, strategies for effective oral and written communication, text analysis and peer response, and preparation for the examination.


The course is organized into seminars, workshops, and lectures. Aspects dealt with in the lecture series include the communication process, strategies for effective communication in speech and in writing, report writing, and oral presentation techniques and strategies.


A web based tool, EngOnline, and handouts posted on the course home page.


Professional development: Obligatory participation.

English: Obligatory assignments, written and oral examination. Grades F, 3, 4 and 5.

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