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, the students will be able to

  • recognize the necessary strategies and elements to enhance clarity and audience-friendliness in both oral and written (academic) communication
  • apply these strategies and elements effectively in communication with diverse audiences and in diverse teams
  • distinguish between formal and informal styles of communication and vary the style according to both the diverse target audience as well as the medium used
  • apply a writing process to the production of project documents, such as a project plan, report, or review

Credits: 3

Schedule: 11.01.2023 - 19.04.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jaana Suviniitty

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period): C1

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

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course aims to raise students' awareness of small-group communication through the introduction of theories and strategies that facilitate working in a diverse setting. Students apply knowledge gained in the course while participating in teamwork. The course covers an introduction to communication skills in task-oriented small-group meetings as well as factors that can affect communication in culturally diverse groups. In addition, it covers ways to approach writing project documents, and strategies for planning and being a confident debater and discussion leader.

    Working Life Skills: Know-how related to own field of studies, knowledge of research in own field, skills in foreign languages, skills related to working in international environment, information retrieval skills, written communication, oral communication, teamwork skills, self-awareness, critical thinking skills, analytical, life-long learning skills, self-confidence, and time management.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - Preparatory assignments 40%

    - Written assignment(s) 30%

    - Oral assignment(s) 30% (Videoed)

    Note: 80% attendance is required.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - IV
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV

    Enrollment :

    This course is integrated into TU-E4100 Startup Experience. ICT / EIT master's students will be prioritized.