Credits: 1

Schedule: 02.08.2020 - 06.09.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Jan-Mikael Rybicki

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

• distinguish between formal and everyday English writing conventions, such as vocabulary and sentence structures

• identify the elements of well-structured sentences and paragraphs in formal writing

• apply appropriate strategies for revising ineffective sentences at paragraph level

• use commas in formal writing contexts to avoid ambiguity and group information

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course introduces written communication and readability principles applicable to professional and academic purposes. During this online-based course, students independently view instructional videos or reading materials and complete online exercises to practice the topics covered in the course:

• General principles of communication: audience, purpose and form

• The given-new principle

• The light-before-heavy principle

• Style and word choice

• Use of active verbs

• Use of commas

Working Life Skills: Skills in a foreign language, Skills related to working in an international environment, Written communication, and Lifelong learning skills

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Completion of weekly online exercises, assignments (60 %) and course exam (40 %).

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Independent work 27 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Provided online by the teacher. Writer's Guide for Engineers (available in MyCourses). Additional materials available at

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

LC-1116 (written part) and partially replaces Kie-98.1112, Kie-98.1114, Kie-98.1115, and LC-1310.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

B2 or higher

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

WebOodi. Students are considered for admission in order of highest number of credits.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course partially fulfills (1:3 cr) the university regulations on foreign language studies for written skills.


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