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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 15/03/2022 11:00:23

Title of Module: Business English 1.1

Code: ENGL07003 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:F  Leon-Solis

Summary of Module

This module is aimed at learners with a good elementary level knowledge of general English who would like to build on this to reach a pre-intermediate level of English at CEF Level A2/B1 and who need to be able to express basic business concepts in English. It is suitable for students who are studying for degrees in business and want a compatible and complementary language course. It is also suitable for people who need specialist language knowledge and professional communication skills in their jobs. In this intensive module the students will be introduced to key basic business vocabulary, revise important grammatical structures and functional areas, while developing the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Skills will be practised through presentations, role plays, pair- work exercises, written assignments (e.g. letters, emails, dealing with complaints) and other interactive activities whose topical content will include living abroad, dealing with customers, operations and success stories.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. discuss and express opinions on business topics in a limited way in role plays, interviews and debates and answer questions after a presentation

L2. prepare and deliver a short informal presentation in English on a business topic

L3. understand gist and some key information from simple spoken texts in English within familiar topic areas

L4. understand gist and some key information from simple written texts in English within familiar topic areas

L5. write a short assignment in English on a familiar business topic and write short texts in a class test using a restricted range of grammar and vocabulary.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Understanding of grammatical and syntactic concepts and elements of the English language

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Use of language skills relevant to business situations
Understanding of written and audiovisual texts based on business situations

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Giving personal information
Addressing business problems in English-speaking countries

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Communicating effectively in routine business situations and in business problem situations
Understanding uncomplicated written and audiovisual texts in business
IT skills, such as word processing, email, databases, online environments and the use of the internet as a research and study tool

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Working effectively individually or in teams
Managing limited resources and being able to address own learning needs.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Common European Framework of Reference A2 or equivalent
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning and Teaching:

The strategy adopted in teaching and learning involves the use of practical language classes allowing students to develop their competence in all language skills applied to specified topics. Class activities involve: working individually, in pairs or groups on speaking (e.g. presentations) and listening tasks. Students also engage in activities aimed at developing their lexical and reading comprehension skills whilst stimulating discussion.
Grammar is consolidated through related speaking activities in class and practical exercises. This is supported by homework and short formative class tests which provide feedback on on-going performance. To further develop their linguistic skills and awareness of business English, students are encouraged to make regular use of the University Library and the Language Centre (E307), where they can access recommended audiovisual, computer and Internet resources.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery36
Independent Study104
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity30
Asynchronous Class Activity30
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Mascull, B. (2006). Business Vocabulary in Use: Elementary (with answers). Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (or equivalent)

Murphy, R. (2005). English Grammar in Use (3rd Ed.). Cambridge, Cambridge
University Press (or equivalent)

Oxford Business English Dictionary. Oxford, Oxford University Press (or equivalent)

*Richardson, K. et al. (2008). The Business Pre-Intermediate Student’s Book. Oxford, Macmillan (Units 1 – 4)

Some Useful Resources on the Web:

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link:

For the purposes of this module, academic engagement equates to the following:
All fulltime students (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries) are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations, Chapter 1, 1.64 – 1.67, available at the following link:

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) Yes
Subject PanelLanguages
ModeratorM Mullen
External ExaminerB Matthews
Accreditation DetailsNone
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Coursework (60%): written assignment (25%); Presentation (35%)
Class test: 40%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)  check markcheck markcheck mark400
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries). The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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