DAVE3710 Academic English Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Akademisk Engelsk
Study programme
Bachelorstudium i ingeniørfag - data / Bachelorstudium i informasjonsteknologi / Bachelorstudium i anvendt datateknologi / Bachelorstudium i ingeniørfag - elektronikk og informasjonsteknologi / Bachelorstudium i ingeniørfag - energi og miljø i bygg / Bachelorstudium i ingeniørfag - bioteknologi og kjemi / Bachelorstudium i ingeniørfag - maskin / Bachelorstudium i ingeniørfag - bygg
Year of study
FALL 2022
Course history


The students are to develop written and oral English skills enabling them to communicate in technical and academic situations and contexts that are relevant to their current studies and future professional practice.

The elective course is subject to a minimum number of students.

Required preliminary courses

English from secondary education or similar.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence​.



The student is capable of the following, in English:

  • describing the work of technologists in a chosen field of technology
  • describing research and developments in a chosen field of technology
  • explaining rhetorical mechanisms and argumentation


The student is capable of the following, in English:

  • using correct terminology for technology-related topics in general and in a chosen subject area in particular
  • presenting and describing technology and related processes
  • planning and authoring technical and academic texts in English according to international.conventions and norms.
  • identifying relevant sources of information, assessing the quality of sources and referring to sources according to established standards.
  • using oral English in academic discussions.

General competence

The student is capable of the following, in English:

  • communicating in written and oral contexts that are relevant to their education and future profession
  • adapting oral and written communication to suit the recipient, situation and purpose
  • planning and carrying out project work alone or together with others

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, written and oral exercises including presentation and discussions. Students will work both independently and in groups.

Course requirements

The following requirements are compulsory and must be approved before the student can sit the exam:

  • Two oral presentations given at agreed times
  • at least 80% attendance


Portfolio assessment subject to the following requirements:

  • two individual written assignments
  • one written group assignment carried out in groups of 2-5 students

One overall grade is given for the portfolio.

The exam result can be appealed.

Permitted exam materials and equipment

All aids are allowed.

Grading scale

Graded scale A-F.


One internal examiner. External examiners are occasionally used.