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: 12.09.2023 - 21.11.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Heli Dahlin

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 and is at the same time integrated with a content course or a specific program. Written tasks and oral tasks will support the content course or the program and be largely determined by its requirements. Throughout this course, students work individually and/or in small groups to develop their presentation and writing skills. Moreover, students give and receive constructive feedback on their work and revise it accordingly.

    Working Life Skills: Varies according to each integration project.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - Preparatory assignments 40%

    - Written assignment(s) 30%

    - Oral assignment(s) 30% (Videoed)

  • 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 Autumn I - II
    2022-2023 Spring III
    2022-2023 Spring V
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Spring III
    2023-2024 Spring V

    Enrollment :

    Students must belong to the target group of the integration specified in SISU.

  • applies in this implementation

    Course policy on using AI-tools

    Our main objectives on this course include learning to apply strategies of effective communication in oral presentations and in writing. When you participate on this course, the expectation is that you have come here to learn and to develop your written and oral communication skills. This means that you are expected to use your own, human voice on this course on communication skills – and not the voice of an AI tool such as ChatGPT and the like. In other words, whatever you present or submit should demonstrate your learning and skills and should be generated with your own, unique human intelligence.

    The policy on this implementation of the course LC-1117 on using AI-tools is as follows:

    We expect the coursework that you submit or present to have been created by you and not by AI.
    Write all your text and complete the assignments yourself with your own unique voice. In reporting and writing assignments, refer to all sources properly using standard citation techniques and referencing. The Turnitin plagiarism and AI detection tool is in use to assess your submitted work, especially drafts 2&3 of the written assignment. Questionable originality will result in 0 points and no feedback from the teacher.  

    If you wish, you may use AI tools such as ChatGPT during the early brainstorming or initial research stages of an assignment – to discover interesting topics to talk about or further perspectives to analyse about a topic. Important: Limit your use of AI only to the early brainstorming stage. Do not submit AI-generated content as your submission.

    If you use AI to help you research a topic, you should always find the original sources and read them yourself rather than rely on the sources AI tools such as ChatGPT may give you, as such sources may be invented or non-existent. Always verify that the sources suggested by ChatGPT are real and valid.

    It is acceptable to use proofreading tools in a limited sense to check the accuracy of spelling or grammar. However, be prepared to indicate, explain and motivate such use of proofreading tools. AI tools which rewrite your text, for example from informal style to formal style, are not allowed. Please see the assignment instructions in MyCourses for details.