The course takes place in period

  • 3 (2020-01-01 to 2020-03-22)
  • 4 (2020-03-23 to 2020-07-31)


General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to
- equip students with the academic writing skills
needed to succeed in writing the thesis.
- further develop both written and spoken
professional communication skills.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected
- be able to understand, interpret and explain
both terminology and content related to the field
without major difficulty.

- to display an ability to understand also
complex spoken language on matters regularly
encountered at work.

- be able to participate confidently in customer
service interactions in English.
- to have enhanced the ability to participate in
social communication in a professional setting.
- to have enhanced the ability to participate in
discussions also on more complex topics.
- be able to prepare and deliver a presentation
of professional interest with effective use of IT
tools, e.g. PowerPoint.

- to demonstrate the ability to produce effective
key professional documents, including reports,
work applications & CVs.
- be able to correctly structure a written
academic report and apply the principles of
academic writing.
- be able to write in stylistically appropriate
and grammatically correct English.
- be able to incorporate source material and cite
sources in the text correctly with a
corresponding List of References.
- be able to apply Arcada's guidelines provided
in the Thesis Guide to produce a technically
well-presented and structured written project

Course contents

Social contacts, discussions, your place of work,
work ethics, presentations, writing techniques
(language and style), citing sources and listing
references, current articles related to nursing

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Skill level B2 (Common European Framework)

Additional information

Due dates are firm!
Attendance compulsory.

Recommended or required reading

One of the following novels:
Look Me in The Eye by John Robinson
My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
As We Are Now by Mary Sarton
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark

Materials provided by lecturer

Study activities

  • Lectures - 30 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 5 hours
  • Practical exercises - 5 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 25 hours
  • Individual studies - 40 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 15 hours
  • - 15 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should fulfil the
following criteria:
1. Sufficient attendance in classes.
2. Write a report using the correct structure.
3. Produce a well-structured paper.
4. Hold a presentation.
5. Produce a work application & CV suitable to
the field.

Further smaller written assignments may be
included as needed.

The examinations contribute to the final grade as
Written assignments according to extent of
assignment up to 25% each.
Reading comprehension up to 20%.
At least one oral presentation must be held in
order to pass the course.
Attendance up to 20% and is graded accordingly:
59-62% 1
63-67% 1,5
68-72% 2
73-77% 2,5
78-81% 3
82-86% 3,5
87-91% 4
92-96% 4,5
97-100% 5


Ray Jan-Anders


Ray Jan-Anders

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Course enrolment period

2019-12-24 to 2020-01-20

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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