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2012/2013  BA-HA_R75  Effective writing

English Title
Effective writing

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn, Spring, Fourth Quarter
Monday 11.40-14.25, week 36-41,43-46.
Changes in course schedule may occur.

Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Alex Klinge - Department of International Business Communication
Secretary Tine Silfvander- ts.iadh@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Communication
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 18-03-2013
Learning objectives
The learning objectives to achieve within Effective Writing in English are:
  • To be able to express oneself in writing on a wide range of general or professional topics in a clear and user-friendly manner
  • To be able to expand and support points of view at some length with subsidiary points, reasons and relevant examples
  • To be able to produce clear, smoothly-flowing, well-structured text, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices
  • To develop a good command of a broad lexical repertoire allowing gaps to be readily overcome with circumlocutions; few avoidance strategies.
  • To develop a solid command of idiomatic expressions and collocations
  • To produce clearly intelligible continuous writing which follows standard layout and paragraphing conventions. Spelling and punctuation should be accurate but may show signs of mother tongue influence
  • To maintain a consistently high degree of grammatical control
The course is only open to students whose first language is not English. It is not possible to register both HR 63 and HR 65 in the same semester.
This course starts at the B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference and works toward achievement at the C1 level.
This course is CEMS accredited (English writing test only)
4 hour closed book exam
4 hour closed book exam:
Type of test Written Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period Autumn Term and Spring Term
Aids Closed Book
Duration 4 Hours
The exam is a 4 hour written closed book exam. There are no dictionaries or exam aids allowed. The exam is PC-based with no internet access. It is possible to write in hand.
The exam comprises 4 questions. Three questions are based on a written text where the answer is formatted either as a business report, business letter, summary and critique, or case study presentation. The first question is a grammar question comprising multiple choice, punctuation and rewriting.

The make-up/re-exam will be held in the same way and with the same conditions as the ordinary exam.
Course content

To introduce students to the types of text used in business and communication, and to develop English writing skills in general. Students are introduced to various formats of text i.e. project reports, business letters, strategy proposals, etc. They will learn to plan, organize, develop and revise their drafts of the final product. Relevant grammar, expressions and vocabulary will be covered. Though the emphasis is on writing, the course will also comprise oral discussions. Seminar style teaching with interactive class discussions and peer critique. Regular attendance, completion of written assignments, and active participation in discussions are essential for success in this course.

The course’s development of personal competences:
Interpersonal and intercultural communication competences. Fluency in English on both a social and business level. Ability to formalise argumentation.

Teaching methods
Expected literature

Compendium of readings and exercises

Last updated on 18-03-2013