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2014/2015  BA-BEOKV1003U  New Technologies for Business Communication

English Title
New Technologies for Business Communication

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BA in English and Organisational Communication
Course coordinator
  • Peter Juel Henrichsen - MSC
Main academic disciplines
  • Information Systems
  • Communication
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
  • Methodology
Last updated on 20-08-2014
Learning objectives
At the end of the course, students must:
  • demonstrate knowledge of the working principles of modern language tools for speech communication, translation, and web-interfacing
  • demonstrate working experience with one or more modern language tools applied in a specific professional environment
  • be able to discuss the opportunities of modern language technology and technical communication support in the contemporary and future market places
New Technologies for Business Communication:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Written Assignment
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
Today's business environments need new communication solutions. Certain proactive companies have already discovered the competitive advantages offered by state­-of-the-art communication tools and methods. However, the vast majority of SMEs, trusts, and public organizations are still not aware.

This course prepares the student to become an active agent in the dynamic field of modern business communication, be it as a consultant or as a self-­employed language expert, by introducing her / him hands-on to the most promising tools and methods. The course does not require any previous experience with computer programming since all methods and tools are studied in a user friendly, hands-­on fashion.

The student will be trained as an advanced user, localiser, and professional advisor to communication­ based companies and organizations, with special regard to support for translation, spoken communication, web interfacing, and database maintenance. As an integrated part of the course, participants will meet and cooperate with actual Danish companies and organizations facing specific communication challenges.
Teaching methods
This course is based on lectures in areas such as speech recognition, computer­supported translation, and web­ technology (including the use and development of apps).

Students will apply the methodologies and tools learned in lectures in hand­s on practical sessions using the relevant tools.
Further Information
Monday 11.40-14.15,week 36-41,43-48.
Changes in schedule may occur.
Expected literature
NB: Changes to the list may occur

Jurafsky & Martin (2009) Speech and Language Processing, 2nd ed, selected chapters from parts I and II

Henrichsen (forthcom.) Tale er Guld, om talegenkendelse i de danske kommuners tjeneste; Språk i Norden 2014. [also available in English]


A Statistical MT Tutorial Workbook. Kevin Knight (2009)

Taylor, Paul :  Text to Speech Synthesis .  Cambridge University Press, 2009. Chapters 3 and 4
Last updated on 20-08-2014