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Unit information: Academic English for Engineers: lab reports in 2017/18

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Unit name Academic English for Engineers: lab reports
Unit code LANG10015
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mrs. Elizabeth Allen
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 awareness of:

  • the structure and content of a laboratory report
  • the language of a laboratory report
  • referencing and citation
  • data description and interpretation
  • academic style and vocabulary
  • the need for adaptability to requirements of different audiences

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Identify and produce linguistic and organisational features of lab reports;
  2. Plan, write and revise a well organised lab report in an appropriate academic style;
  3. Evaluate own learning;
  4. Edit written work effectively (self and peer).

Teaching details

This unit comprises 20 teaching hours, and is delivered by the Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies from weeks 4-10. As this is a 10 credit unit, students are expected to use the other 80 hours for independent study. This will involve preparation for set homework tasks each week as well as self directed work on grammar and vocabulary using on-line interactive resources.

Teaching and Learning will focus on the development of the student as an independent and critical thinker, capable of setting goals and implementing strategies, resulting from a heightened awareness of the written communication skills required. Students will be given practice in the planning and writing of such texts and will receive formative feedback to them to reflect more effectively on their written skills. Students will be encouraged to ‘notice’ the features of the target texts (vocabulary, grammar and style) and the ways in which written texts are organised and presented within their academic discipline.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment: Students will work to improve an initial lab report based on learning each week in class. (ILOs 1-4)

Submission of the final lab report (1000 words) (ILOs 1,2,3,4) 60%

A final summative assessment will test skills and language addressed by the Unit and will take the form of a written examination in the January exam period. (ILO 1) 40%

Reading and References

Materials provided by the Centre