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2017/2018  BA-BEOKO1021U  Text and text production

English Title
Text and text production

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BA in English and Organisational Communication
Course coordinator
  • Bodil Helder - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Language
Last updated on 23-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: On completion of the course, the student must document:
  • that he/she has insight in the basic textual concepts introduced during the course and is able to apply them in the analysis of a text
  • that he/she is able to produce a written text product in English which adequately meets the conventions of the given text genre
  • that he/she is able to account for the strategies chosen in the product on the basis of the theories and methods relating to the course
  • that he/she can produce a text product and a textual analysis in relatively fluent English
Course prerequisites
Basic grammar insight (e.g. sentence analysis) is desirable, but not a requirement.
Text and text production:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 3 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 24 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The overall goal of the course is to give the student insight in the basic elements and concepts that are necessary to understand, interpret, produce and communicate various types of professional texts. This goal is achieved as follows:

• The student will acquire theoretical knowledge of the overall characteristics of texts.
• The student will master methods for identifying the genre and purpose of a professional text on the basis of a number of parameters for analysis (e.g. structure, appeal forms, speech acts, text functions, rhetorical strategies).
• The student will be able to make grammatical and linguistic observations at sentence level and include them in the analysis and production of texts.
• The student will be able to apply the theories and methods of the course in his/her future job and thus contribute to ensure the quality of a company's communication.


Teaching methods
The course is a combination of class teaching, discussions of texts and exercises prepared at home and written assignments produced individually or in groups. Workshops may be included.
Feedback during the teaching period
The student will be given individual feedback in the form of teacher comments in connection with each written home assignment. General feedback will be given in class discussions, student presentations etc.
Student workload
Teaching/Classes 22 hours
Preparation (including analyses and exercises) 60 hours
Written assignments 50 hours
Exam, including preparation for the examination 74 hours
Expected literature

Helder, Bodil (2015): Textual Analysis. An approach to analysing professional texts. 2nd revised edition. Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur.

Helder, Bodil (2015): Supplementary Material to Textual Analysis - An approach to analysing professional texts. Supplementary material. 2nd revised edition. Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur.

Jonas Gabrielsen & Tanja Juhl Christiansen (2010): The Power of Speech. Copenhagen: Hans Reitzel.

Last updated on 23-06-2017