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Reading, Writing and Presenting for Academic Purposes

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Reading, Writing and Presenting for Academic Purposes
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechatronics, Master, ASPO 01.04.2020
Module code: MTM.RWP
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.
P231-0013, P231-0014
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:
Oral examination 30 min. and project work

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

MTM.RWP (P231-0013, P231-0014) Mechatronics, Master, ASPO 01.04.2020 , semester 2, mandatory course
MST.RWP (P231-0013, P231-0014, P231-0117) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Master, ASPO 01.04.2016 , semester 2, mandatory course
MST.RWP (P231-0013, P231-0014, P231-0117) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Master, ASPO 01.10.2011 , semester 9, 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):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Christine Sick
Sebastian Barth, M.A.

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Learning outcomes:
This course is based on the content from the 2nd semester of the Mechatronics/Sensor Technology Master program. After successfully completing this module, students will be able to understand demanding and complex texts on mechatronics topics by applying reading strategies. They will be familiar with the structures of scientific texts and be able to use these when writing a project report in English. Furthermore, students will be able to effectively use the advanced presentation techniques they have learned in an oral presentation in English.

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Module content:
The content is geared to specific tasks in close coordination with representatives from the technical subjects dealt with in the project:
_ Reading and summarizing technical texts
_ Advanced reading strategies
_ Describing mechatronic and sensor systems (authentic technical texts, videos, etc.)
_ Describing cause and effect based on mechatronic systems (language of cause and effect, passive voice)
_ Introduction to academic writing (writing strategies and linguistic means)
_ Writing a project report
_ Structure of and useful phrases in English presentations
_ Presentation techniques
_ Practice presentations

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Teaching methods/Media:
The learning goals will be achieved through integrated training of the four basic skills (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and writing) supported by the use of multimedia. Communication training will take place within the framework of learner-centered lessons in the multimedia computer language laboratory, in group work and during the F&E project.

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Recommended or required reading:
Multimedia language learning programs, e-learning and mobile learning:
Christine Sick, unter Mitarbeit von Miriam Lange (2011): TechnoPlus English 2.0: Ein 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.
Christine Sick (2015): htw saar TechnoPlus Englisch VocabApp (Mobile Learning Angebot insbesondere zum Grundwortschatz, alle Niveaustufen), EUROKEY.
Authentic technical texts and videos
In consultation with the respective project colleagues.

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