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English BA (A), Business Writing, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: EN002G
Subject/Main field: Engelska
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (A)
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
Answerable department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/11/2006
Date of change: 11/8/2016
Version valid from: 1/11/2017


The aim of the course is to develop the ability to:
- understand written business English
- understand background and context of various types of business English
- produce different types of business correspondence and documents in
different styles

Course objectives

After completing the course the student should be able to:
- understand, recognize and produce different types of written business documents in English
- recognize and produce different styles (formal, informal, informative, persuasive) of written English
- demonstrate the ability to cooperate with other students in order to improve his/her own and other students’ written business English
- understand a range of grammatical aspects of English and be able to apply this knowledge when writing in English


The course consists of:
- Language exercises in a functional context
- Written assignments focusing on business English in different formats and with different purposes, letters, e-mails, memoranda, reports, CV etc
- Process-oriented writing with group-work and peer reviewing

Entry requirements

Admission to the course requires general admission requirements as well as English B
(OB 2)

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course is designed so that student learning occurs within a process. This means that the majority of the modules include obligatory group work and written or oral discussions. All hand-in assignments (group and individual) and group discussions should be completed according to the specific module’s schedule.

Examination form

The course is examined through continuous assessment of oral and written assignments.

Students are entitled to scheduled examination opportunities during the course period as well two extra opportunities within one year. Extra examination opportunities are based on the same course literature. Students who have failed an examination or the course twice have the right to another examiner. A student who has passed an examination or course is not allowed re-examination in order to gain a higher grade.

Link to specific subject grading criteria:

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Geffner, Andrea, B.
Title: Business English: The Writing Skills You Need for Today's Workplace
Edition: 2016, 6th revised edition
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series Inc
Comment: 384 pages

Reference literature

Author: Talbot, Fiona
Title: How to Write Effective Business English: Excel at E-mail, Social Media and All Your Professional Communications (Bette Business English)
Edition: 2016, 2nd edition
Publisher: Kogan Page
Comment: 168 pages

Author: Taylor, Shirley
Title: Model Business Letters, Emails and Other Business Documents
Edition: 2012, 7th edition
Publisher: Pearson
Comment: 498 pages

Other information

The course is a general course and cannot replace a course as part of English GR (A), 30 credits. The course does not provide eligibility to courses at a higher level.