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Business Communication and Intercultural Competence

Module name (EN): Business Communication and Intercultural Competence
Degree programme: Computer Science and Communication Systems, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017
Module code: KIB-ENG1
SAP-Submodule-No.: P222-0008
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 2SU (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 2
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam

[updated 19.02.2018]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
KIB-ENG1 (P222-0008) Computer Science and Communication Systems, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017, semester 1, mandatory course
PIB-EN1 (P221-0017) Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017, semester 1, mandatory course

Suitable for exchange students (learning agreement)
30 class hours (= 22.5 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 60 hours (equivalent to 2 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 37.5 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
KIB-ENG2 Technical Reading and Writing
KIB-ENG3 Professional Presentations

[updated 27.06.2018]
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Christine Sick
Marina Hefti, M.A.

[updated 24.10.2016]
Learning outcomes:
The modules "Business Communication and Intercultural Competence", "Technical Reading and Writing", as well as "_Professional Presentations" should be seen in conjunction with one another. They offer students a framework to further develop their English language skills in a professionally related area from the desired entry level B1 to level B2.
About the "Business Communication and Intercultural Competence" module:
After successfully completing this module, students will have received insight into the differences in international working environments, especially in English-language working environments, and can describe professional tasks. They will be able to recognize potential difficulties and conflicts in intercultural communication situations and can draw conclusions for their own behaviour in international contexts. In this context, they will be able to use adequate means of speech and behaviour for specific oral communication situations. In addition, they will be sensitized to different language registers and can apply them adequately in given written communication situations with international business partners.

[updated 12.04.2018]
Module content:
- Greetings, introductions and small talk
- Describing job-related tasks
- Making phone calls in a professional context
- Correspondence with business partners
In addition, we will work on:
- Vocabulary
- Repeating relevant grammatical structures
- Raising awareness for functional language use
- Intercultural aspects

[updated 12.04.2018]
Teaching methods/Media:
Teaching and learning materials (print, audio, video), multimedia teaching and learning software for specific target groups

[updated 19.02.2018]
Recommended or required reading:
Students will receive a list of recommended teaching and learning materials.
The following materials are free of charge for students of the htw saar. We recommend their use for independent learning:
Susanne Ley, Christine Sick: prep course English in m&eLanguageLearningPortal@CAS (e- and mobile learning offer to support students in English language learning at the Alt-Saarbrücken campus of the htw saar, Niveau A1-B1)
Christine Sick (2015): TechnoPlus Englisch VocabApp (Mobile-Learning-Angebot insbesondere zum Grundwortschatz, alle Niveaustufen), EUROKEY.
Christine Sick, unter Mitarbeit von Miriam Lange (2011): TechnoPlus Englisch 2.0 (Multimediales Sprachlernprogramm für Technisches und Business Englisch, Niveau B1-B2+), EUROKEY.

[updated 19.02.2018]
Module offered in:
WS 2022/23, WS 2021/22, WS 2020/21, WS 2019/20, WS 2018/19, ...
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