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Technical Reading and Writing for Environmental Engineers

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Technical Reading and Writing for Environmental Engineers
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Environmental Technologies, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2023
Module code: UI-TRW
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.

[updated 01.07.2021]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

UI-TRW (P251-0043) Environmental Technologies, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2021 , semester 2, mandatory course
UI-TRW (P251-0043) Environmental Technologies, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2023 , semester 2, mandatory course

Suitable for exchange students (learning agreement)
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):
UI-BEE Business English for Environmental Engineers

[updated 26.03.2024]
Recommended as prerequisite for:
UI-AEJ Applying for an Engineering Job and Professional Presentations

[updated 26.03.2024]
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Christine Sick
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christine Sick

[updated 04.08.2023]
Learning outcomes:
Learning outcomes:
The modules “Business English for Environmental Engineers”, “Technical Reading and Writing for Environmental Engineers””, as well as “Applying for an Engineering Job and 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 “Technical Reading and Writing for Environmental Engineers” module:
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 have extended their repertoire of linguistic structures and will be able to apply these structures to the written elaboration of technical questions and documents.

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Module content:
- Global and detailed comprehension of environmental engineering texts
- Techniques for taking notes
- Summarizing texts
- Describing functions, systems and processes, etc.
- Cause-effect relationships
In addition, we will work on:
- Vocabulary
- Repeating relevant grammatical structures

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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 (learning offer to help students learn English at the htw saar Alt-Saarbrücken campus, 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.

[updated 01.07.2021]
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