Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to

- identify and apply typical patterns for organising information within a text, such as topic sentences, the problem-solution pattern, and extended definitions

- use topic sentences and other cohesive strategies to write reader-friendly documents and paragraphs



Credits: 1

Schedule: 08.09.2020 - 19.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Susan Gamache, Anya Siddiqi

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anya Siddiqi

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

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):


Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course introduces typical patterns and strategies for organising paragraphs and documents for professional and academic purposes, such as
    - topic sentences and paragraphing
    - types of definitions
    - problem-solution pattern

    During the course, students analyse short texts and complete online exercises. Students also apply a process approach to writing a short professional type of document related to their own field of study. To enhance the readability of their texts, students apply organisational patterns, such as problem-solution, extended definition and topic sentences, as well as employ other writing principles that render comprehension of sentences and paragraphs easier. In addition, students give and receive constructive feedback on their work (peer feedback) as well as receive feedback from the instructor. Each commented version is revised accordingly.

    Working Life Skills: Know-how related to own field of studies, Skills in a foreign language, Skills related to working in an international environment, Information retrieval skills, Written communication, Self-awareness, Analytical skills, and Lifelong learning skills.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Completion of weekly online exercises (15 %)

    - Assignments (45 %)

    - Final written product (40 %)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Independent work 26.5 h
    Feedback meeting with instructor 0.5 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Provided online by the teacher. Additional materials available at

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Partially replaces LC-1113, LC-1114, LC-1115, LC-1117, LC-1121

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    LC-1110 Writing Skills for Engineers 1 completed.



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