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English - Key Issues in Business Today: From Culture to Sustainability B2

Module SZ04101

This Module is offered by TUM Language Center.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

SZ04101 is a semester module in English language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered every semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of language courses as soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This course focuses on professional communication skills and integrates reading, listening, speaking and writing with vocabulary and grammar, as needed by the specific group. The subject matter consists of a wide range of current issues in the business world, ranging from ethics and sustainability to leadership and diversity. Students will have many opportunities to explore, critically discuss, present, and write about these topics and other business- and industry-relevant topics that are most interesting to them.

Learning Outcome

After completion of this course, students will be able to understand complex texts on current business-related topics, critically analyse these and effectively communicate their ideas based on these in English to an international audience.

Corresponds to B2 of the CER.


Ability to begin work at the B2 level of the GER as evidenced score in the range of 40 – 60 percent on the placement test at (Please check current announcements as the exact percentages may vary each semester.)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Communicative and skills-oriented approach to topics with use of group discussion, reading and listening exercises, pair and group tasks, presentations etc. Students will need to complete regular preparation for the lessons.


Book chapters, handouts, presentations, audio-visual material


Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Performance, testing the learning outcomes specified in the module description, is examined by a cumulative portfolio of competence and action-oriented tasks consisting of:
- 2 written assignments for a total of 50%
- presentation on a current business related topic (including visual aids) 25%
- final written examination 25% based on topics and materials discussed in class.

As the course may be offered in various formats (online or classroom) the form and conditions of the final exam (with or without aids) will vary. Where audio or video is recorded, we observe the Basic Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO, Art. 12 -21).
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