Basic Technical Communication


Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science


Version 14.0 of 12/05/2022

Code of Module


Modulename (german)

Basic Technical Communication

Study Programmes
  • Elektrotechnik (B.Sc.)
  • Elektrotechnik im Praxisverbund (B.Sc.)
  • Informatik - Medieninformatik (B.Sc.)
  • Informatik - Technische Informatik (B.Sc.)
  • Mechatronik (B.Sc.)
  • Aircraft and Flight Engineering (B.Sc.)
  • Fahrzeugtechnik (Bachelor) (B.Sc.)
  • Maschinenbau im Praxisverbund (B.Sc.)
  • Maschinenbau (B.Sc.)
  • Energie-, Umwelt- und Verfahrenstechnik (B.Sc.)
Level of Module


Mission Statement

In order to be successful in professional life, technical expertise as well as good communication skills are essential. In our globilised world the skill of acquiring knowledge in the English language and to communicate effectively in that language is fundamental.

  1. Basic principles of technical communication
  2. The structure of technical English
  3. Description of technical systems
  4. Technical terminology/vocabulary
  5. Study and discussion of current technical texts
  6. Presentation techniques
  7. Technical writing
  8. CVs and job applications
Learning Outcomes

Knowledge Broadening
Upon passing this module the students should:

- have good English language skills, at least or comparable to Level B1 CEF

Knowledge Deepening

Instrumental Skills and Competences
- know about presentation techniques
- can give convincing presentations about technical topics, in English
- can apply basic techniques to understand and summarize technical texts
Communicative Skills and Competences
- are able to communicate with international business partners about technical issues
Systemic Skills and Competences

Mode of Delivery

Lectures, individual/group work, presentations, individual feedback sessions

Expected Knowledge and/or Competences

Good English knowledge skills

Responsible of the Module

Fritz, Martina

  • Fritz, Martina
  • Wilke, Gundula


Concept of Study and Teaching
Workload Dozentengebunden
Std. WorkloadLehrtyp
2Präsentationsvor-/-nachbereitung mit der Lehrenden
Workload Dozentenungebunden
Std. WorkloadLehrtyp
Recommended Reading

Aktuelle Artikel* aus der englischsprachigen Fachpresse (*je nach Studiengebiet)Bigwood, Sally; Spore, Melissa: Presenting Numbers, Tables, and Charts, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0198607229Billingham, Jo: Giving Presentations, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0198606818Huckin, Thomas N.; Olsen, Leslie A.: English for Science and Technology. A Handbook for Nonnative Speakers, MacGraw-Hill, ISBN: 0070308217Powell, Mark: Dynamic Presentations, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 9780521150040

Graded Exam

Portfolio exam

Assessment Methods Remark

Oral Examination (50%) and Presentation (50%)

Examination Requirements

Knowledge and application of technical English and communication techniques in various professional fields


1 Term

Module Frequency

Winter and Summer Term

Language of Instruction