SKIP3003 - Writing and writing cultures in education and work life


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

This course is based on a perspective of written communication as social action. Students work on writing processes and texts from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts and gain insight into the central role written communication plays in modern work life. Different writing cultures and types of text in work life and higher education are examined in their respective contexts of use, and communication challenges associated with disciplinary and interdisciplinary written communication is a key focus in the course. The students will practice various approaches to text analyses. By working with both theoretical approaches and empirical data, students gain broad experience with and insight into writing processes and writing strategies.

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 advanced knowledge of the role writing plays in higher education and work life, and how different writing cultures are expressed and developed

- has deep insight into key communication challenges in written communication in various empirical contexts

- understands how writing processes and text work can support new ideas, learning processes and competence development within the field


The candidate

- has developed good scientific writing skills

- is capable of helping others by providing constructive feedback during writing processes and is able to make use of such feedback in their own writing

- is able to apply knowledge of quality criteria for different genres to their own writing as well as in their assessment of others

General competence

The candidate

- understands writing as social action and has insight into different genres and their functions for different readers

- is able to analyze challenges in interdisciplinary written communication and apply their insights in collaborative writing across disciplines and professions

Learning methods and activities

This course emphasizes teaching methods in which students actively participate, including various writing exercises, analysis workshops, co-writing and feedback workshops. Students work together in groups, both physically and digitally. Assignments and papers between sessions provide an opportunity for students to relate the theoretical understanding of this course to practical situations involving writing and text. By working on cases, students develop their text, writing and feedback competence by analyzing, writing and supporting others in their writing.

Compulsory assignments

  • 80% attendance at sessions
  • Individual analysis assignment draft
  • Compulsory assignments

Further on evaluation

Written assignment

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 SKIP3003 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:  7.5 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: Assignment

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