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: 02.03.2022 - 06.04.2022

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)



    Tue 1 March (1st version) 18:00

    Tue 8 March (2nd version)


    Literature review/LR

    ·       based on four academic articles (1300 words)

    I or G


    Mon 14 March (1st version)

    Wed 23 March (2nd version)


    Executive summary/ES

    ·       based on a case (500 words)

    I or G


    Wed 30 March (1st version)

    Fri 8 April (2nd version)


    Reflection paper/RfP

    ·       based on your learnings (600 words)



    Mon 4 April


    Final paper

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



    Mon 11 April

  • 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 when the course begins. In total, they comprise some six academic research articles related to communicating in intercultural business contexts and two 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

    NOTE: In addition to the class sessions, a couple of Question & Answer sessions will be organized.



    Deadline for

    Tue 1 March at 18:00


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

    Wed 2 March

    Mandatory attendance

    Writing as an academic & business skill

    Academic writing: Basic principles

    Discussion & feedback on Pre-ass/RP


    Tue 8 March


    Pre-ass/RP (2nd version)

    Mon 14 March


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

    Wed 16 March


    Academic genres: RPs, LRs, etc.

    Business writing: Focus on executive summaries

    Discussion & feedback on Ass1/LR


    Wed 23 March


    Ass1/LR (2nd version)

    Wed 30 March


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

    Mon 4 April


    Ass4/Reflection paper

    Wed 6 April

    Discussion & feedback on Ass2/ES

    Business genres: requests, bad news messages, etc.

    Wrapping up

    Instructions for Ass4 uploaded

    Fri 8 April


    Ass2/ES (2nd version) 




    Mon 11 April


    Ass4/Final paper: academic and business writing tasks