SKIP3001 - Introduction to language and communication in the professions


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 3 days

Course content

This course provides an overview of the field of language and communication in professional practice. Students acquire detailed knowledge of the development of the field, as well as empirical, methodological and theoretical approaches to communication issues at a personal, group and community level. This includes verbal and written communication in professional settings, both in work life and in higher education. On this basis, students are expected to develop the ability to critically reflect on conventional communication advice and methods offered to professionals.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have completed this course will have acquired the following learning outcomes, defined as knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

- has insight into challenges and requirements for disciplinary and interdisciplinary communication in modern work life

- has advanced knowledge of key topics, theories and issues within the field of language and communication in the professions

- has detailed knowledge of the fields scientific roots and characteristics, and is familiar with current research and development work within the discipline


The candidate

- is able to apply scholarly perspectives and concepts in their analysis of specific cases, both independently and in collaboration with others

- is proficient in relevant norms for scientific writing and is able to work independently on knowledge dissemination

- is able to discuss ethical issues that may arise in disciplinary and interdisciplinary communication

General competence

The candidate

- is able to reflect on specific communication challenges and their relevant social and cultural contexts

- is able to analyze and critically assess existing communication advice and communication training in various empirical contexts

- is able to contribute to innovation in research and development work on communication-related issues

Learning methods and activities

This is an introductory course in the Master`s Programme in Language and Communication in the Professions. Teaching is both digital and session-based. Student collaboration is central, and groups will be established across backgrounds. The course will alternate between plenary session work, groups and individual work.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 submission tasks
  • 80% attendance at sessions

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment:

Home examination over 3 days: Candidates will demonstrate their ability to apply relevant concepts in a discussion of a case. In this examination, candidates are also assessed on their proficiency in scientific writing and standards for referencing.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

It is not possible for students who have passed the exam in SKIP3001 to retake the exam in a semester where this course is not taught. Students who did not pass the exam, or who did not complete the exam due to illness may submit the exam in a semester where this course is not taught; however, they will not receive any supervision.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Language and Communication in the Professions (MSKIP)

Required previous knowledge

Assumes admission to the Master's program in language and communication in professions

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Applied Linguistics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 100/100 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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