SPRÅK3501 - Scientific Communication for Engineers


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Portfolio assessment 100/100

Course content

The course provides an overview of the relevant genres/text types used in oral and written communication in engineering disciplines. Emphasis is placed on communication of professional knowledge to various types of target audiences. The subject is taught only in English, but is not an English course. The subject provides an introduction to, and practical training in various forms of communication of professional knowledge in English.

Learning outcome


The student:

- understands how writing contributes to scientific development in society, in scientific institutions, and in the individual
- has a basic knowledge of various forms and purposes of communication of technical knowledge in English
- understands the relationship between written texts and disciplinary conventions and practices
- has knowledge of the practices and techniques that promote scientific communication, both in academic and non-academic environments


The student:

- is able to analyze and write different types of texts, for example scientific research articles, review articles, popular science articles, project papers and master theses
- is able to identify characteristics in a text that create coherence
- is able to present disciplinary knowledge – both orally and in writing – to peers in the discipline as well as non-academics
- is able to develop a text alone and in collaboration with others, and can give and make use of response to texts as they are being developed
- has practice in making use of the possibilities and managing the hurdles in professional communication in English

Learning methods and activities

Teaching consists of lectures, exercises in groups, written assignments and oral presentations.

All mandatory activities must be approved before the student may take the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • 1-3 written assignments
  • 1-2 oral exercises

Further on evaluation

The final assessment for the course is a portfolio assessment. The portfolio consists of one of the oral presentations and one of the written assignments carried out during the semester. Both the oral presentation and the written assignment must be passed to pass the course.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

The course has restricted admission and has a deadline June 1st. Students apply through Studentweb.

All students who has been accepted must respond to the admission through studentweb in order to keep his/her place.

Information (in Norwegian) is available here: https://innsida.ntnu.no/wiki/-/wiki/Norsk/Opptak+til+adgangsbegrensede+emner

Course materials

Curriculum/reading list will be announced at the beginning of the semester.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100



Spring ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100
  • * 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.