Universität Wien FIND

040028 UE English - Business Communication in the Second Foreign Language III (2020W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Diese Lehrveranstaltung ist strikt für Studierende der SPL 4 kontingentiert.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Students must be available for the last of these sessions (20.11, 0945-1300), when the Final Test will take place (further information below). Otherwise, the dates and times are recorded for administrative purposes only.

The course will involve no classroom meetings and no live online interaction. It is designed to be taken during the period 03.11 to 23.11 (deadline for submission of final assignment), but materials will be available from mid-October at the latest so that students can begin working on the course if they wish to do so.

Tuesday 03.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Friday 06.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 09.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 13.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 20.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Please note that this course is intended only for students who have already reached C1 level in English (certification on or after 1 October 2018).

Aims of the Course
To enable students to:
• plan and write effective, reader-friendly English texts, using appropriate structuring and cohesive devices;
• give effective, well-structured and audience-friendly presentations in English;
• understand the basic principles of argumentation in English, and apply them in written paragraphs and presentations;
• assess critically their own and others' texts, in particular argumentational paragraphs and presentations.

Owing to the current circumstance, the course will take the form of a Moodle-based correspondence course. Students will be provided via Moodle with materials to read, listen to and work on. Feedback will be provided on all assignments, and communication with the instructor will be possible via Moodle or direct email throughout the course period (3-23 November). Further details will be made available on Moodle as soon as possible.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students' grades for the course will be composed of the following elements:
• Assessed assignments (60%)
• Final Test (40%)

Details of all assignments, both assessed and unassessed, will be provided on Moodle in good time.

The Final Test will take place during the session on 20.11 (0945-1300).
UPDATE 14.09.2020: The Final Test will also be handled digitally (no physical presence required). However, it must be taken at the time indicated. You will write your answers by hand, and you must be in a position to scan them in and to send them to me by mail immediately after the Test finishes.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

As there are no fixed teaching sessions, there is no attendance requirement for the course. However, any student who does not submit the first, unassessed assignment (a diagnostic tense of English grammar, general vocabulary and basic business terminology) by the designated deadline will have their registration cancelled.

Students will be awarded a grade on the basis of their overall percentage score (PS) as follows:
PS 0-59; Grade 5
PS 60-67; Grade 4
PS 68-75; Grade 3
PS 76-84; Grade 2
PS 85-100; Grade 1

Examination topics

Designated units from the course literature (see below)
All material provided by the instructor via Moodle

Reading list

Emmerson, Paul (2009): Business Vocabulary Builder. Macmillan Education.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Th 23.03.2023 00:13