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PL30376: German language for Engineers 5

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 30%, EX 50%, OR 20%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this unit you cannot take PL30374
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To improve the students' general language skills, particularly in relation to report writing. To introduce techniques appropriate to the technical translation and summarisation of foreign language texts. To provide practice in oral presentation. To investigate the working of mechanical and electrical systems to extend further the students technical vocabulary. To give some detail of the organisation of German industry and allow the student to prepare for industrial project.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to: After taking this unit the student should be able to: Exchange information with native speakers including engineers on basic technical matters. Follow argument when reading, and extract information by inference. Read technical material in German in their own field, and provide either a translation or a summary. Write in an organised way and present supporting evidence and argument. Take an active part in a technical discussion in German.

Skills in precision and creativity in the use of written and spoken language, effective communication in the target language and translation are taught and assessed in this unit.

Grammatical topics to be covered as appropriate for the language. Technical translation. Report writing. Country related topics to be selected from: post-war events; world of work; political institutions and elections; mass media; theatre/film. Contact with potential placement employers.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL30376 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AKM06 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering with German (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UEME-AKM03 : MEng (hons) Automotive Engineering with German (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UEME-AKM43 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design, Innovation and German (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UEME-AKM18 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with German (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UEME-AKM40 : MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing, Management and German (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.