Credits: 6

Schedule: 29.10.2019 - 26.11.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Anne Kankaanranta

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

anne.kankaanranta@aalto.fi

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Period I, II, IV (2018-2019), Otaniemi campus
Period I, II, IV (2019-2020), Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students will demonstrate knowledge of
• the role of language, communication and culture in international business contexts
• the conventions of Anglo-American academic writing
• the principles of interpersonal business communication when using English as a lingua franca

Students will demonstrate skills in
• developing their overall writing skills, incl. drafting, reviewing and revising both academic and business texts
• meeting the conventions of Anglo-American academic writing
• drafting reader-focused business messages in intercultural contexts

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course focuses on enhancing students’ writing skills for both academic and business purposes, while also addressing the role of language, communication and culture in international business contexts.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

100% assignments

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

The deadline for the assignments is midnight (23.55) with the exception of the pre-assignment (1st version), for which it is 18:00 o'clock.

Assignments

Type of
text/genre

I(ndividual)

P(airs)

%
of final grade

Deadlines

Pre-ass

Reaction paper/RP

I

20%

Mon 28 Oct. (1st version) 18:00

Fri 1 Nov. (2nd version)

Ass1

Literature review/LR

P

30%

Fri 8 Nov.(1st version)

Fri 15 Nov.  (2nd
version)

Ass2

Executive summary/ES

P

20%

Fri 22 Nov. (1st version)

Fri 29 Nov.  (2nd version)

Ass3

Reflection paper/RfP

I

10%

Mon 2 Dec.

 

Ass4

Final paper: writing-related tasks

I

20%

open Tue-Sun 3-8 Dec.


Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 12h
Independent work 148h

Total 160h

Mandatory attendance on the first session.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Indicated or provided by the instructor.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

All course assignments are based on readings, which will
be listed on MyCourses when the course begins. In total, they comprise
some
six articles related to communicating in intercultural business contexts and a
couple of articles related to writing issues.



Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=61C02000

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Starting level: C1

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

61A00200 Business Communication Skills (required)

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 (fail) - 5 (excellent)

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WebOodi.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Mandatory attendance on the first session.
Max number of students 50. If the number of registrations exceeds the quota of 50, Weboodi will select the students at random (not in the order of registration).

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

To be able to take the course the student has to

  • attend the first session
  • submit the pre-assignment by 18:00 o'clock on Mon 28 Oct.

No exceptions.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 


Date

Classes

Deadlines

Mon 28 Oct.
at 18:00

 

 -

Pre-assignment (1st version)

Tue 29 Oct.

M 240

Mandatory attendance

Writing as an academic & business
skill

Academic writing: Basic principles

Discussion & feedback on
Pre-ass/RP

 

Fri 1 Nov.

 -

Pre-ass/RP  (2nd
version)

Fri 8 Nov.

 -

Ass1/LR (1st version)

Tue 12 Nov.

M240

 

Academic genres: RPs, LRs, etc.

Business writing: Focus on executive
summaries

Discussion & feedback on Ass1/LR

 

 

Fri 15 Nov.

 -

Ass1/LR (2nd version)

Fri 22 Nov.

 -

Ass2/ES (1st
version)

Tue 26 Nov.

M240

Discussion & feedback on Ass2/ES

Business genres: Requests and bad news
messages

Wrapping up

 

Fri
29 Nov.

 -

Ass2/ES (2nd version)

Mon 2 Dec.

 -

Ass3/RfP

Tue-Sun 3-8 Dec.

 -

Ass4/Final paper

 


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