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 this course, the students will be able to

- Recognise the strategies and elements that enhance clarity and audience-friendliness in both oral and written communication

- Apply these strategies and elements in oral presentations and writing related to their field of study

- Distinguish between formal and informal styles of communication

Credits: 3

Schedule: 10.01.2022 - 16.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pia Lappalainen

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period): B2

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

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course introduces written and oral communication principles and strategies that are applicable to professional and academic purposes. Students begin by writing on a topic from their own field of study. To enhance readability of the texts, students apply organisational patterns, such as problem-solution, and employ other writing principles that make comprehension of sentences and paragraphs easier. Based on their written work, students deliver an oral presentation which is videoed for self- and teacher-evaluation. As part of the learning process, students analyse presentations to identify their strengths and areas for improvement, and practise organising and presenting information clearly to a non-expert audience. Throughout this course, students work individually, in pairs and in small groups to develop their presentation and writing skills. In addition, students give and receive constructive feedback on their work and revise it accordingly.

    Working Life Skills:

    Knowledge of research in own field, Skills in foreign languages, Information retrieval skills, Ethical consciousness, Written & Oral communication, Self-awareness, Critical thinking skills, Analytical, Lifelong learning skills, and Self-confidence

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - Preparatory assignments (o + w) 40%

    - Written assignments (final report included) 40%

    - Final presentation 20% (Videoed)

    Note: 80% attendance required

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    81 hr (Small group instruction 24 - 36 h + independent work 45 - 57 h)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Provided by the teacher

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course is strongly recommended for second-year students and later. At 3 credits, this course fulfils the university regulations on foreign language studies for oral and written skills. If you have 1-2 prior credits in English that fulfil the foreign language requirement, we recommend you instead sign up for LC-1110, LC-1111, or LC-1112. Students are considered for admission in order of highest number of credits.

    Note: This course requires a minimum enrollment of 10 students.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II,Autumn II-Spring III,Spring III-IV,Spring IV-V, Spring V-Summer

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II,Autumn II-Spring III,Spring III-IV,Spring IV-V, Spring V-Summer

    Course Homepage:

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


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