Learn to communicate effectively, for example when giving instructions, describing processes, writing reports, delivering presentations using visual aids, and communicating scientific research.
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Content and learning outcomes
Analyses of examples of written and oral technical communication
Short written assignments that reflect different parts of technical communication (e.g. operating instructions, malfunction reports, executive summaries)
Presentation and discussion techniques with a focus on communication situations in technical contexts (e.g. conferences, meetings)
Discussions of authentic material to increase the understanding of current issues within technology and natural sciences (e.g. research ethics, sustainable development, technological breakthroughs).
Intended learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to give the student necessary skills for communication situations in technical contexts, for example for informing, reporting and presenting, writing an instruction manual or assisting with technical customer support. The course also provides general skills in text structure, scientific English in speech and writing, and English language.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- identify the differences in style between everyday language and technical communication and adapt his/her oral and written production to the target group
- write short texts of specialised technical or scientific nature
- give an individual presentation of a technical or scientific character with varied language use, take active part in discussions and be able to explain and defend his/her opinions about technical/scientific subjects
Literature and preparations
This course focuses on specific skills in English. At the start of the course, the student should therefore have general English skills equivalent to at least level B2 according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The student is responsible for checking his/her skills in a self-assessment test before applying for the course.
Course literature will be announced before the start of the course.
Recommended reference literature and electronic resources will be listed in the course information or in a similar way
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- 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.
Other requirements for final grade
All examination parts passed
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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 about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web LS2429