AS201414 - Business English


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oppgave 40/100
Hjemmeeksamen 60/100 3 hours

Course content

- Global business English in the workplace
- The influence of culture on workplace and business communication
- Written business English in a variety of work-based texts
- Spoken business English in a variety of work-based contexts

Learning outcome

Understand the concept of global English and its application to international business.
Understand the linguistic features of formal and informal English in both written and spoken texts.
Be aware of cultural differences and be able to adapt the way in which they use English accordingly.
Have a good understanding of the structure of English and the relationship between this and meaning.
Be developing a wide general vocabulary as well as a wide vocabulary relevant to business.
Understand the importance of register in speaking and writing English in a variety of business contexts.

Be able to use appropriate register in both written and spoken texts.
Be able to write letters, e-mails, work-based reports, proposals and other documents with a high degree of correctness in terms of grammar, lexical choice, syntax and presentation.
Be able to speak in meetings, informal gatherings and at presentations with a high degree of correctness in terms of grammar, lexical choice, syntax, intonation and pronunciation.
Be able to produce effective visual aids for presentations in English
Be able to read reports and relevant written texts and be able to disseminate information from these texts effectively both in speaking and writing. 
Be able to source specialised and relevant literature.
Be able to use English to communicate effectively with people from other cultures in the work-place and take the role of an intercultural interlocutor.
Gain relevant insight into the importance of effective communication in a variety of business situations.
Be able to plan, execute and/or lead projects, alone or in cooperation with groups within a monocultural or mulitcultural setting.
Be able to communicate effectively in a wide-range of situations where English is considered to be the lingua franca.
Develop some understanding of themselves as language learners and be able to use this understanding in new situations.

Learning methods and activities

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

Mandatory assignments:
- One individual written assignment
- One group written assignment
- One written preparation for an individual presentation
- 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.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignments

Further on evaluation

3 hour written exam (60%) 

Oral exam (40%)

The oral exam consists of a presentation by the candidate based on the preparation carried out for the third 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.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Pensum oppgis ved semesterstart.

More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of International Business


Examination arrangement: Written examination and Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Muntlig eksamen 40/100 F
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Skriftlig eksamen 60/100 2019-11-28 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oppgave 40/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Hjemme-eksamen 60/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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