AS201414 - Business English


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written and oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 60/100 3 hours
Oral examination 40/100 F

Course content

  • Effective communication in English in an international business environment
    • The influence of culture on workplace and business communication
    • Developing awareness of language use and choices in a variety of work-based contexts
    • Written business English in a variety of work-based texts
    • Spoken business English in a variety of work-based contexts

Learning outcome

  1. Discuss the role of English in international workplaces.
  2. Create original business texts in English for a range of contexts with a high degree of correctness in terms of grammar, lexical choice, syntax, register, and presentation.
  3. Explain the features of different registers* used in business texts.
  4. Evaluate the appropriacy of language used in business texts.
  5. Justify your choices regarding language and presentation in business texts.
  6. Communicate to a wider audience your research in business topics.
  7. Assess the relevance of what you have learned.

Learning methods and activities

  • Interactive classes with a high level of student participation in all activities
  • Collaborative teamwork
  • The preparation and presentation of oral and written tasks

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignments

Further on evaluation


3 hour written exam (60%) Oral exam (40%)

The oral exam consists of a presentation by candidates based on the preparation carried out for the second mandatory assignment. This includes follow-up questions from the examiner. Both the written and oral exam must be awarded a pass grade in order for the candidate to be awarded an overall pass grade for this course.

Re-sit examination:

Students are entitled to re-sit only the part of the examination in which they have had legitimate reasons for an absence or have failed. A re-sit examination will take place only during the designated period for re-sit examinations. Students are entitled to take only the part of the ordinary examination in which they have failed or want to improve. They do not need to re-take all parts of the examination.

Mandatory assignments:

  • One individual written assignment
  • One written preparation for a presentation
  • One group written assignment

Students must pass all three assignments in order to take the final oral and written exams. Previously approved mandatory assignments do not need to be handed in again for later exams.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Resources (reading and listening texts) will be made available at the start of the semester.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Economics and Administration
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of International Business


Examination arrangement: Written and oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 40/100 F

2023-12-05 - 2023-12-07

Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD School exam 60/100 2023-11-30 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Gymsal Laterna/Lab-bygg 83
C215 Ankeret/Hovedbygget 2
C226 Ankeret/Hovedbygget 2
Spring UTS Oral examination 40/100 F
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS School exam 60/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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