LS2429 Technical Communication in English 7.5 credits

Teknisk kommunikation på engelska

Learn to communicate effectively when e-mailing, giving instructions, describing processes, writing reports and delivering presentations using visual aids.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Autumn 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

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

Course main content

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).

Eligibility

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.

Literature

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

  • LEXA - Continuous Assessment, 7.5, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

All examination parts passed
75% attendance

Offered by

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences

Examiner

Oliver Martin Smith <omsmith@kth.se>

Rebecca Hincks <hincks@kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.