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Technical English for Mechanical Engineers and Professional Presentations

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Technical English for Mechanical Engineers and Professional Presentations
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: MAB_19_A_2.06.TEM
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2S (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 2
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam 120 min.

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

MAB_19_A_2.06.TEM (P241-0281) Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , semester 2, mandatory course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
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):
MAB_19_A_1.05.BEM Business English for Mechanical Engineers

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Recommended as prerequisite for:
MAB_19_A_3.03.AEJ Applying for an Engineering Job
MAB_19_IP_5.07.MPE Manufacturing Project in English (1)
MAB_19_PE_5.12.DPE Design Project in English
MAB_19_V_5.15.PEP Process Engineering Project in English (1)

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Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Christine Sick
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christine Sick

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Learning outcomes:
The modules _Business English for Mechanical Engineers_, _Technical English for Mechanical Engineers and Professional Presentations_, _Applying for an Engineering Job_ and _Design / Manufacturing / Process Engineering Project in English_ 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.
The module _Technical English for Mechanical Engineers and Professional Presentations_ focuses on developing listening and reading comprehension skills in the area of technical English relevant to the students´ study program, as well as business English presentation skills.
After successfully completing this module, students will be familiar with different reading strategies and will be able to apply them to course-specific specialist texts. They will also be able to follow technical lectures, presentations or lectures in English and organize the content of those lectures in notes.
In addition to training their listening and reading comprehension skills, students will repeat relevant grammatical structures and expand their technical vocabulary in selected areas of mechanical engineering and will be able to apply that vocabulary adequately.
After successfully completing this module, students will understand strategies for the creation of professional, subject-specific presentations in English. They will be able to structure English-language presentations and use typical verbal expressions in them.

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Module content:
Technical English:
- Mechanical engineering studies and subjects
- Understanding course-specific technical texts in general and in detail (e.g. Engineering Materials, Materials in the Automotive Industry, Aluminium, Energy, Heat and Work)
- Understanding course-specific presentations, talks, lectures, videos in general and in detail (incl. note-taking techniques) (e.g. Mechanical Science, Shape Memory Alloys, Nickel Titanium, Wind Energy)
- Oral and written definition of technical terms
- Describing cause-and-effect relationships
Business English: Presentations
- Strategic knowledge
- Structure of a presentation in English
- Typical language of English presentations
- Structures for linguistic implementation
- Describing cause-and-effect relationships
- Describing trends
- Preparation and short presentation on a material science topic
In addition, we will work on:
- Building a technical vocabulary for technical English and presentations
- Repeating relevant grammatical structures (passive voice, relative clauses, adjectives and adverbs, cause and effect)

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Teaching methods/Media:
Learning objectives will be achieved through integrated training of the four basic skills (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and writing) in relevant communication situations supported by multimedia, as well as the repetition of basic grammar and vocabulary.
Target group-specific teaching/learning materials (print, audio, video), as well as multimedia CALL and e&mLearning materials will be used.

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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  m&eLanguageLearningPortal@CAS (e&m-Learning-Angebot zur Unterstützung der Studierenden beim Englischlernen am Campus Alt-Saarbrücken der 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.
Christine Sick, unter Mitarbeit von Lisa Rauhoff und Miriam Wedig (seit 2016): Online Extensions zu TechnoPlus Englisch, EUROKEY.

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