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.


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

Credits: 6

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 19.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anne Kankaanranta

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


CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    100% assignments

  • applies in this implementation


    Type of text/genre



    % of       final grade



    Reaction paper/RP

    · based on an academic article (500 words)



    Mon 13 Sept. (1st version) 20:00

    Tue 21 Sept. (2nd version)


    Literature review/LR

    · based on four academic articles (1300 words)

    I or G


    Tue 28 Sept. (1st version)

    Mon 11 Oct. (2nd version)


    Executive summary/ES

    · based on a case (500 words)

    I or G


    Fri 1 Oct.  (1st version)

    Thu 14 Oct.  (2nd version)


    Reflection paper/RfP

    · based on your learnings (600 words)



    Mon 18 Oct.


    Final paper

    · incl. both business and academic writing tasks (800 words)



    Sat 23 Oct.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching 12h
    Independent work 148h

    Total 160h

    Mandatory attendance on the first session.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Indicated or provided by the instructor.

  • applies in this implementation

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

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Mandatory attendance on the first session. Max number of students is 50. Sisu will automatically select the students at random giving the priority to the School of Business BSc students.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I, Autumn II, Spring IV

    2021-2022 Autumn I, Autumn II, Spring IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    • Some changes related to the length of the sessions are possible.
    • In addition to the three sessions, we will have two Question & Answer sessions (times announced when the course begins).




    Mon 13 Sept. at 20:00


    Pre-ass/Reaction Paper (RP)
    (1st version)

    Tue 14 Sept.

    Mandatory attendance

    Writing as an academic & business skill

    Academic writing: Basic principles

    Discussion & feedback on Pre-ass/RP


    Tue 21 Sept.


    Pre-ass/RP (2nd version)

    Tue 28 Sept.


    Ass1/Literature Review (LR)
    (1st version)

    Fri 1 Oct.


    Ass2/Executive Summary (ES)
    (1st version)

    Tue 5 Oct.


    Academic genres: RPs and LRs

    Business writing: Basic principles

    Discussion & feedback on Ass1/LR and Ass2/ES


    Mon 11 Oct.


    Ass1/LR (2nd version)

    Thu 14 Oct.


    Ass2/ES (2nd version)

    Mon 18 Oct.


    Ass3/Reflection Paper

    Tue 19 Oct.

    Discussion & feedback on Ass 1-3

    Business genres with a focus on sensitive messages: e.g. requests, bad news messages

    Wrapping up


    Wed 20 Oct.


    Instructions for Ass4 uploaded

    Sat 23 Oct.


    Ass4/Final paper: academic and business writing tasks