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Unit information: Academic English for Engineers: critical thinking in 2020/21

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Unit name Academic English for Engineers: critical thinking
Unit code LANG10016
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mr. Prince
Open unit status Not open




School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit is designed for international students with English as a foreign language, who have met the University's minimum English language entry requirements for Engineering and wish to develop their competence in English for specific academic purposes.

Students will develop their ability to:

  • analyse an essay question, develop an outline and write an essay
  • propose a thesis (stance) and create a logical argument to support it
  • read and evaluate relevant source texts to use as support in an essay
  • develop their ability to apply critical thinking
  • understand academic style and vocabulary
  • write with written fluency and accuracy
  • speak with spoken fluency and accuracy
  • present ideas orally

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Write an essay as appropriate to level C
  2. Analyse information from reading
  3. Synthesise, reference and cite information from sources
  4. Construct and present an argument
  5. Support an argument appropriately
  6. Describe and analyse data
  7. Plan, produce and present a poster orally

Teaching details

Combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions based on Blackboard VLE involving practical task based work. This will focus on the development of the student as an idependent thinker, who can notice the features of a target text and apply this to work in their own field.

Assessment Details

Summative essay (1000 words) 60% (ILOs 1-6)

Poster presentation 40% (ILOs 2-7)

Reading and References

Materials provided by the Centre