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LS1465 Rhetoric - Speaking and Writing for Impact 7.5 credits

Course memo Autumn 2021-52067

Version 2 – 11/29/2021, 1:50:15 PM

Course offering

Autumn 2021-1 (Start date 02/09/2021, English)

Language Of Instruction


Offered By

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences

Course memo Autumn 2021

Headings denoted with an asterisk ( * ) is retrieved from the course syllabus version Autumn 2020

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The following is treated in the course:
• rhetorical strategies, dispositions and structures
• rhetorical fundamental concepts and figures of speech
• adaptation to target group, contact with audience and stage fright
• text and sentence structure

Typical oral assignments:
• an informative oral presentation
• an argumentative oral presentation
• a rhetorical oral debate on a controversial topic

Typical written assignments:
• a written revision of a text
• an argument text
• a short written analysis of a speech

Intended learning outcomes

The course intends to develop the student's language skills and global competence for efficient academic and professional communication.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

-write effective texts and speak before an audience in a structured and efficient way that is adapted to the target group

-give an account of and analyse different rhetorical strategies and apply these in his/her speeches and texts

-work actively in structuring a speech and with the writing process, for example by giving and taking constructive criticism

-account for insights in the language, the history and the culture of the English-speaking world

-adapt his written and oral communication to target groups from different backgrounds

Preparations before course start


All course materials will be made available on Canvas.

Examination and completion

Grading scale

P, F


  • LEXA - Continuous Assessment, 7.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The section below is not retrieved from the course syllabus:

Continuous Assessment ( LEXA )

Other requirements for final grade

All course components passed. 75% attendance requirement

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

No information inserted

Round Facts

Start date

2 Sept 2021

Course offering

  • Autumn 2021-52067

Language Of Instruction


Offered By

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences


Course Coordinator