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Applied Language Studies

The Department of Applied Language Studies offers the following modules as service courses for the Faculties of Arts, Business and Economic Sciences, Law, Education, Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology.

 

AMA1130 - Communication

PURPOSE
This module prepares students to communicate effectively in the workplace using written and spoken language skills.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student should be able to:

  • apply the Model of Interpersonal communication to various contexts;
  • identify barriers to communication and how to solve them;
  • apply non-verbal communication strategies in communication;
  • deliver a presentation to an audience using relevant media aids;
  • apply listening skills in the working and academic world;
  • work as a member of a team in tasks and orals;
  • use the Computer Assisted Language Learning site to enhance learning;
  • be able to analyse audience and purpose for various contexts;
  • use appropriate register in writing and speaking;
  • apply basic writing principles in business correspondence and report writing;
  • write an effective basic report with graphics;
  • read and comprehend texts;
  • make effective summaries.

 CORE CONTENT

  • Communication theory / barriers.
  • Non-verbal communication.
  • Basic writing principles.
  • Business correspondence.
  • Reading and summarising skills.
  • Paragraphing.
  • Report writing.
  • Meetings.
  • Oral communication.

 Evaluation criteria

As from 2009, the assessment in this module will be continuous and there will be no formal examination.  Assessments will comprise of tests, an oral presentation, a report task and class tasks.

 

BCE1110 - Communication I (English)

PURPOSE
This module prepares students to apply their knowledge of communication skills in their practice as Business Managers.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student should be able to:

  • apply knowledge of skills studied in their verbal and written communication;
  • identify barriers to effective communication, and how to resolve them;
  • deliver a presentation to an audience using relevant media aids;
  • apply listening skills in the work and social environment;
  • read and comprehend texts and associated graphics;
  • demonstrate basic report writing skills;
  • demonstrate basic language usage;
  • comprehend what constitutes an effective paragraph;
  • research, evaluate and classify information on a given topic;
  • comprehend basic meeting terminology;
  • differentiate between different types of meetings;
  • read and comprehend meeting documentation;
  • apply knowledge of meeting procedure in their verbal and written communication.

CORE CONTENT

  • Communication theory.
  • Small group communication.
  • Oral presentation skills.
  • Textual analysis.
  • Listening skills.
  • Business correspondence.
  • Report writing.
  • Meetings and Minute writing.

Evaluation criteria

Continuous evaluation, 100% class mark – no formal examination.

  

BCN1111 - Communication I

PURPOSE
This module prepares students to communicate effectively in the workplace using written and spoken language skills.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student should be able to:

  • apply the interpersonal communication model to various contexts such as visual texts correspondence and report so as to better understand the communication situation;
  • analyse business genres for organisational and language markers;
  • write effective correspondence and reports using an appropriate register and avoiding errors;
  • present researched information individually and in groups to peer audiences;
  • respond critically to oral presentations or written texts;
  • prepare documentation for elements of the meeting cycle.

CORE CONTENT

  • Interpersonal model of communication.
  • Communication barriers.
  • Non-verbal communication.
  • Business communication, including reports, memoranda, letters and email.
  • Reading.
  • Speaking skills.
  • Group work.

Evaluation criteria

Continuous evaluation, 100% class mark - no formal examination.

Prerequisites needed for this module

  • Operations Management Practice I  (BAI1311)

  

BKH1120 - Communication In English A

PURPOSE
This module prepares students to apply their knowledge of communication skills in their practice as Business Managers.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student should be able to:

  • apply knowledge of skills studied in their verbal and written communication;
  • identify barriers to effective communication, and how to resolve them;
  • apply knowledge of skills studied in intercultural communication and diversity management;
  • write an accurate audit report;
  • deliver an audit report presentation using relevant media aids;
  • apply listening skills in the work and social environment;
  • read and comprehend texts and associated graphics;
  • understand meeting procedure;
  • understand minute writing procedure and terminology;
  • demonstrate accurate language usage;
  • engage in ethical and critical thinking and personal reflection.

CORE CONTENT

  • Communication theory.
  • Small group communication.
  • Oral presentation skills.
  • Textual analysis.
  • Listening skills.
  • Business correspondence.
  • Report writing.
  • Meetings and Minute writing.

Evaluation criteria

Continuous evaluation, 100% class mark - no formal examination.

  

BKI 1120 - Communication In English B

PURPOSE
This module prepares students to achieve academic proficiency in speaking, writing, reading and listening so that they are equipped to meet the academic requirements of all university subjects successfully and confidently.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student should be able to:

  • take effective notes;
  • make effective summaries;
  • participate in debates;
  • respond critically to textual analysis;
  • deliver two presentations to an audience using relevant media aids;
  • apply listening skills in the academic world;
  • read and comprehend graphics;
  • demonstrate academic writing skills by writing effective introductions, paragraphs and conclusions;
  • use referencing effectively in academic essays;
  • work as a member of a team in the Base support groups, debates, tasks and orals;
  • use the Computer Assisted Language Learning site to enhance learning;
  • become critically aware of themselves as language learner;
  • use a journal for personal reflection on learning;
  • develop self confidence through life skills.

CORE CONTENT

  • Oral presentation skills.
  • Textual analysis.
  • Listening skills.
  • Note-taking and questioning techniques.
  • Writing skills: Introductions, paragraphing and conclusions.
  • Reading skills: Textual analyses and critical reading.
  • Dictionary work.
  • Referencing and Plagiarism.
  • Language skills.
  • Visual literacy.
  • Critical language awareness.
  • Life skills.

Evaluation criteria

Continuous evaluation, 100% class mark – no formal examination.

 

CCM1111 - Communication Skills I

PURPOSE
This module prepares students to apply their knowledge of communication skills in their practice as engineering technologists.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student should be able to:

    • apply knowledge of skills studied in their verbal and written communication;
    • identify barriers to effective communication, and how to resolve them;
    • deliver a presentation to an audience using relevant media aids;
    • apply listening skills in the work and social environment;
    • read and comprehend texts and associated graphics;
    • demonstrate basic report writing skills;
    • demonstrate basic language usage;
    • comprehend what constitutes an effective paragraph;
    • write effective technical instructions;
    • research, evaluate and classify information on a given topic;
    • engage in basic critical thinking and personal reflection.

CORE CONTENT

  • Communication theory.
  • Oral presentation skills.
  • Textual analysis.
  • Listening skills.
  • Writing Principles.
  • Report writing.
  • Language usage.
  • Paragraph structure.
  • Technical writing.

Evaluation criteria

Continuous evaluation, 100% class mark - no formal examination.

 

DCM1021 - Communication I

PURPOSE
This module prepares students to apply their knowledge of communication skills in their practice as engineering technologists.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student should be able to:

  • apply knowledge of skills studied in their verbal and written communication;
  • identify barriers to effective communication, and how to resolve them;
  • deliver a presentation to an audience using relevant media aids;
  • apply listening skills in the work and social environment;
  • read and comprehend texts and associated graphics;
  • demonstrate basic report writing skills;
  • demonstrate basic language usage;
  • comprehend what constitutes an effective paragraph;
  • write effective technical instructions;
  • research, evaluate and classify information on a given topic;
  • engage in basic critical thinking and personal reflection.

 CORE CONTENT

  • Communication theory.
  • Oral presentation skills.
  • Textual analysis.
  • Listening skills.
  • Writing principles.
  • Report writing.
  • Language usage.
  • Paragraph structure.
  • Technical writing.

Evaluation criteria

Continuous evaluation, 100% class mark - no formal examination.

 

ECC4111 - Professional Communication

PURPOSE
This module equips students to research and write academic essays or research proposals using a process writing approach, effectively incorporating various references and demonstrating an understanding of an academic writing style.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student should be able to:

  • identify research focus, question and purpose;
  • research sources using a variety of searches for literature review;
  • select and apply an appropriate research methodology;
  • use the Harvard referencing system;
  • document and incorporate references in texts;
  • plan and structure writing coherently and cohesively;
  • use an academic writing style;
  • structure effective introductions and conclusions;
  • arrange data logically and coherently;
  • use a process writing approach incorporating drafting and re-drafting;
  • revise and edit writing critically.

CORE CONTENT

  • Planning: Proposal outline.
  • Academic writing style.
  • Paragraphing.
  • Summary writing.
  • Referencing and plagiarism.
  • Researching: comparing and contrasting.
  • Introductions and Conclusions.
  • Writing process: drafting, revising, editing.
  • Academic Essay/Report writing.
  • Figures and Tables.
  • Oral presentations.

Evaluation criteria

40% class mark and 60% formal examination in June and/or November.

  

LEB102 - Professional English

PURPOSE
This module prepares students to communicate effectively, specifically in the medium of English in various contexts in the workplace.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student should be able to:

  • analyse communication situations by identifying elements in the model of communication and commenting on their contribution to the process;
  • recognise barriers to communication and suggest ways to overcome these;
  • use different listening techniques in appropriate settings;
  • use appropriate written language in correspondence of various types;
  • use appropriate format in business correspondence;
  • analyse and recognise elements of small-group communication;
  • write notices and agendas for meetings;
  • adapt communication to different audiences and contexts.

CORE CONTENT

  • Communication theory / barriers.
  • Non-verbal communication.
  • Small-group communication.
  • Basic writing principles.
  • Business correspondence.
  • Report writing.
  • Meetings.

Evaluation criteria

Continuous assessment.

  

LEL111 - Academic English (Law)

PURPOSE
This module prepares students to use spoken and written English effectively in legal professions.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student should be able to:

  • understand and use legal terminology including relevant Latin terms;
  • research and write clearly structured essays;
  • understand and apply legal referencing conventions including footnotes and quotations;
  • formulate and critique arguments;
  • plan and prepare and deliver an effective oral presentation.

CORE CONTENT

  • Legal terminology.
  • Academic writing.
  • Referencing.
  • Critical reading.
  • Argumentation.
  • Oral presentations.

Evaluation criteria

Continuous evaluation, 100% class mark – no formal examination.

  

LEP101 - Practical English (Eng L2)101

PURPOSE
This module equips second-language English students to understand the terminology of basic English grammar and rules of syntax as well as their application at sentence level.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student should be able to:

  • use the terminology of basic English grammar;
  • explain the rules of syntax;
  • apply these rules at a sentence level.

CORE CONTENT

  • Terminology of basic English grammar.
  • Rules of syntax and their application at sentence level.

Evaluation criteria

Continuous evaluation, 100% class mark - no formal examination.

 

Contact information
Dr Jacqueline Lück
Head of Department
Tel: 27 41 504 3558
Jacqui.Lück@mandela.ac.za