Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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

  • distinguish between formal and everyday English writing conventions, such as vocabulary and sentence structures
  • identify the elements of well-structured sentences and paragraphs in academic writing
  • apply appropriate strategies for revising ineffective sentences at paragraph level
  • use commas in formal writing contexts to avoid ambiguity and group information

Credits: 1

Schedule: 02.08.2021 - 10.09.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Susan Gamache, Jan-Mikael Rybicki

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jan-Mikael Rybicki

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 written communication and readability principles applicable to professional and academic purposes. During this online-based course, students independently view instructional videos, read course materials and complete online exercises to practice the following 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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Independent work 27 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Partially replaces LC-1113, LC-1114, LC-1115, LC-1116 (w), LC-1117, LC-1121